IRL: Infiniti Motorsports Joliet Friday notes

Joliet, Ill. (Aug. 31, 2001) -- Infiniti Driver Robbie Buhl was the only driver to surpass the 221 mph mark in practice today for the Delphi Indy 300 at the new Chicagoland Speedway. Buhl, who topped the speed charts in both practice sessions...

Joliet, Ill. (Aug. 31, 2001) -- Infiniti Driver Robbie Buhl was the only driver to surpass the 221 mph mark in practice today for the Delphi Indy 300 at the new Chicagoland Speedway.

Buhl, who topped the speed charts in both practice sessions on Friday, recorded the fastest speed of the day, a 221.002 mph lap, in the morning practice session. Eddie Cheever Jr. produced the third fastest speed of the day with a 220.380 mph lap in the No. 51 Cheever Indy Racing Infiniti.

Practice continues on Saturday, Sept 1 at 9 a.m., while qualifying starts at Noon. ESPN2 will televise MBNA Pole Qualifying at 2 a.m. (EDT) Sept. 2. The Delphi Indy 300 will be broadcast live on ABC at 4 p.m. (EDT) Sunday, Sept. 2, and "Indy Racing 2Day" will be televised live at 10:30 (EDT) a.m. on ESPN2

Robbie Buhl, No. 24 Team Purex Dreyer & Reinbold Racing GForce-Infiniti: "This is a first-class facility, there is no question about that. It is smooth out there and there is going to be some great racing. I think it is no secret, the hard work the Infiniti Motorsports guys have done to improve this motor. Ever since we got it in March, it has only gotten better and better. We saw what Eddie did with that motor in Kansas City, and it has been capable of doing a lot more this season. Myself and the Team Purex Dreyer & Reinbold Racing guys have not had the black-and-white results to show how fast we've been this year with the Infiniti engine. It's always good to be at the top of the charts, but our team needs to be in that place on Sunday."

Eddie Cheever Jr., No. 51 Cheever Indy Racing Infiniti: "The track is very fast and very smooth. ISC has done a great job and we're just happy to be here. We worked on our qualifying setup this morning and tried a few things that didn't work. We need to find a way to take more drag out of the car. The track has a tremendous amount of grip. There is actually more grip here than we had in Kansas. You might see three abreast, which is pretty awkward if you're the guy on the outside."

-IM

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