IRL: Infiniti Indy Pikes Peak Race Report

Infiniti driver Eddie Cheever Jr. finished 11th in the Colorado Indy 200, the quickest race in the history of the Pep Boys Indy Racing League at one hour, 29 minutes, and 35.633 seconds. After struggling with a combination of tire and engine ...

Infiniti driver Eddie Cheever Jr. finished 11th in the Colorado Indy 200, the quickest race in the history of the Pep Boys Indy Racing League at one hour, 29 minutes, and 35.633 seconds. After struggling with a combination of tire and engine problems, taking the checkered flag under power was an accomplishment for Team Cheever and Infiniti.

At the start of the 200-lap event on the one-mile Pikes Peak International Raceway, Cheever quickly moved up to the top ten from his 20th starting position and ran as high as fifth place. The Infiniti Indy engineers first started to notice the engine temperatures rise during the last quarter of the race while Cheever was running 10th. An apparent loss of a cylinder hindered Cheever's performance during the final laps of the race.

Since switching to the Infiniti Indy V8 engine in April, Cheever has led the races at Indianapolis and Texas, and finished fourth at the Pikes Peak race in June and sixth at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The 1999 Pep Boys Indy Racing League Championship wraps up with two more races this season: The lasvegas.com 500 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 26, and the Lone Star 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 17.

Eddie Cheever Jr., No. 51 Children's Beverage Group/Team Cheever Infiniti/Dallara/Goodyear (Started 20th, Finished 11th): "It's been a rough one. I thought for sure we were good for a top five finish. We are on a the losing side of an avid tire war right now. Goodyear brought a new compound with them and as a result, we've been chasing tires all weekend. We were up to 10th place by the first pit stop and then as high as fifth, after we finally got the right set of tires on our third stop. Unfortunately, with 20 laps to go, the engine, which had been incredibly strong all race, lost a cylinder."

Race Results

1. Greg Ray 2. Davey Hamilton 3. Mark Dismore 4. Buddy Lazier 5. Sam Schmidt 6. Scott Harrington 7. Robby McGehee 8. Jimmy Kite 9. Robby Unser 10. Kenny Brack 11. Eddie Cheever Jr. 12. Jacques Lazier 13. Billy Boat 14. Stephan Gregoire 15. Buzz Calkins 16. John Hollansworth 17. Tyce Carlson 18. Bobby Regester 19. Eliseo Salazar 20. Donnie Beechler 21. Scott Goodyear 22. Scott Sharp 23. Jeff Ward

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Buzz Calkins , Robby McGehee , Greg Ray , Eddie Cheever , Eliseo Salazar , Buddy Lazier , Stephan Gregoire , Jeff Ward , Davey Hamilton , Scott Sharp , Billy Boat , Mark Dismore , Scott Goodyear , Jaques Lazier  , Jimmy Kite , Donnie Beechler , Kenny Brack , Sam Schmidt , Tyce Carlson , Scott Harrington , Robby Unser