IRL: Infiniti Kentucky Friday notes

SPARTA, Ky. (Aug. 10, 2001) -- Infiniti continues to show its dominance on the 1.5-mile ovals, with Eddie Cheever Jr. driving his Infiniti-powered entry to the top of the speed charts during the first day of practice for the Belterra Casino Indy...

SPARTA, Ky. (Aug. 10, 2001) -- Infiniti continues to show its dominance on the 1.5-mile ovals, with Eddie Cheever Jr. driving his Infiniti-powered entry to the top of the speed charts during the first day of practice for the Belterra Casino Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway.

Driving the No. 51 Cheever Indy Racing Infiniti, Cheever was the only driver to break the 214 mph mark by turning a fast lap of 214.434 mph. Robbie Buhl, in the No. 24 Team Purex/Dreyer & Reinbold Infiniti, was fourth quickest with a 212.815 mph lap.

MBNA Pole Qualifying will be televised on ESPN2 at midnight (EDT) Aug. 11. The Belterra Casino Indy 300 will be broadcast live on ABC at 1:30 p.m. (EDT) Sunday, Aug. 12, and "Indy Racing 2Day" will be televised live at 11 a.m. (EDT) on ESPN2.

Eddie Cheever Jr., No. 51 Cheever Indy Racing Infiniti: "We were lucky enough, when designing this new engine, to sit down and analyze where we were going to be racing. A large number of our races are at 1.5-mile ovals and of course, there is the Indianapolis 500. You can move your power around when designing an engine. We sacrificed a few things down low in the engine to try to move that power as high as we could, and it worked. Our engine is very good at tracks like this. We had a disappointing Indy 500, but Robbie Buhl came ever so close to winning. I think he had the best engine in the race with the Infiniti. I think the Infiniti engine is a bit of an advantage right now. What I am positive about, is that we are at the very beginning of the development of the Infiniti Indy 35A. I think soon, even before the end of the season, you will see some prominent teams testing and racing this engine. I believe Infiniti has now positioned itself, technically, to be very strong, and can give General Motors a serious run for its money."

Robbie Buhl, No. 24 Team Purex Dreyer & Reinbold Racing GForce-Infiniti: "We tested here a couple weeks ago, and I was really happy with our results on full tanks. Now we are here with 12-degrees rear wing, so it will be interesting to see where that goes. I am happy with the car, and the power is good with the Infiniti engine. The one thing we have to figure out now, with the IRL changing from six to 12-degrees on the rear wing, is what that does to our fuel mileage. We have a good group of guys; we just have not shown it all year. We're aching to show what we've got here at Kentucky."

-IM

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Robbie Buhl
Teams Dreyer & Reinbold Racing