INFINITI INDY INSIDER *Trackside Report, Longhorn 500K, Texas Motor Speedway* Qualifying -- Thursday,June 10 Infiniti reached another milestone in the Pep Boys Indy Racing League by achieving its best qualifying result since joining the series...
INFINITI INDY INSIDER *Trackside Report, Longhorn 500K, Texas Motor Speedway* Qualifying -- Thursday,June 10
Infiniti reached another milestone in the Pep Boys Indy Racing League by achieving its best qualifying result since joining the series in 1997. Driving the Infiniti Indy-powered Children's Beverage Group Dallara, Eddie Cheever Jr. qualified fifth for the Longhorn 500 at Texas Motor Speedway with a fast speed of 213.430 mph.
Cheever--the sole Infiniti entry for this event--was also fifth fastest in the practice session prior to qualifying, proving the consistency of the Team Cheever car. Cheever heads to the Michigan Speedway for the IROC race tomorrow afternoon, returning just in time for the final practice session at 4:45 p.m.
The Longhorn 500K starts 8:30 p.m. (EDT) on Saturday, June 12. The race will be televised live on Fox Sports Net.
Quotes: Frank Honsowetz, Manager, Infiniti Motorsports: "Tonight we validated our performance by qualifying fifth. Tomorrow we need to prove our reliability. We had a nice trouble-free day. Our practice and qualifying results were the same. That has to give Eddie confidence, considering he is flying out to Michigan for the IROC race tomorrow."
Eddie Cheever Jr., No. 51 Team Cheever/Children's Beverage Group Infiniti/Dallara/Goodyear (Qualified 5th): "We are a team that has always concentrated on our race day setup versus qualifying, so to have qualified our No. 51 Children's Beverage Group Dallara/Infiniti/Goodyear in the fifth spot feels great. Put it another way, we're normally a big problem for the rest of the field when we start 18th; imagine the trouble we're gonna cause starting from fifth! It is great to see the Infiniti group finally see a return on the months of hard work with us. Things are really starting to come together. It is nice to see their smiles."
1. Mark Dismore, 215.272 2. Scott Sharp, 214.839 3. Tyce Carlson, 214.417 4. Greg Ray, 213.805 5. Eddie Cheever Jr., 213.430 6. Sam Schmidt, 212.711 7. Jeff Ward, 212.245 8. Scott Goodyear, 212.211 9. Kenny Brack, 211.936 10. Ronnie Johncox, 211.730