Madison, Ill. (Aug. 25, 2001) -- Eddie Cheever Jr. will start ninth, while Robbie Buhl will start 14th in the Gateway Indy 250 after qualifying was cancelled due to rain and wet track conditions at Gateway International Raceway, located five ...
Madison, Ill. (Aug. 25, 2001) -- Eddie Cheever Jr. will start ninth, while Robbie Buhl will start 14th in the Gateway Indy 250 after qualifying was cancelled due to rain and wet track conditions at Gateway International Raceway, located five minutes from downtown St. Louis. Starting positions were determined by entrant point standings.
The weather cleared long enough to allow for one practice session on Saturday, where Infiniti drivers, Cheever and Buhl, both placed in the top ten of the speed charts. Cheever was seventh fastest with a 167.311 mph lap, and Buhl was ninth fastest with a 166.711 mph lap.
The inaugural Gateway Indy 250 will be broadcast live on ESPN at 3 p.m. (EDT) Sunday, Aug. 26, and "Indy Racing 2Day" will be televised live at 11 a.m. (EDT) on ESPN2.
Robbie Buhl, No. 24 Team Purex Dreyer & Reinbold Racing GForce-Infiniti: "With a limited amount of track time, we just have to keep hustling to get a good car. You just can't have an okay car, you've got to have a good car if you think you are going to chase down Buddy Lazier and Sam Hornish Jr. With the momentum they have, you're not going to do it unless you have a good car and you feel really confident with the car. We are chipping away at it, but we would like to do a little bit more. And starting by points doesn't help us, so we've got to get this car working just right."
Eddie Cheever Jr., No. 51 Cheever Indy Racing Infiniti: "This is a very unique circuit. There really are no other tracks that we race on that are similar to Gateway. There are none with straightaways that long and corners that tight. The straightaways are incredibly long and it's a very difficult oval because you have to decelerate so much. Every time you decelerate, you're dramatically affecting the aerodynamic balance of the car. Our car is getting better but it's still too nervous."