IRL: Infiniti Qualifying at Las Vegas

Infiniti driver Eddie Cheever Jr. qualified 18th for the Vegas.com 500 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway today. In his qualifying run, Cheever recorded a speed of 204.879 mph on his first lap. While he was on his way to a strong second lap his attempt...

Infiniti driver Eddie Cheever Jr. qualified 18th for the Vegas.com 500 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway today. In his qualifying run, Cheever recorded a speed of 204.879 mph on his first lap. While he was on his way to a strong second lap his attempt was hindered by an engine problem, placing him on the ninth row of the starting grid.

The Vegas.com 500 will be televised live on ESPN2 tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. (EDT).

Quotes:

Eddie Cheever Jr., No. 51 The Children's Beverage Group/Team Cheever Infiniti/Dallara/Goodyear (qualified 18th): About qualifying..."We changed engines right before qualifying. This was definitely a strong engine. Our first lap was a high 204 mph and I feel as though lap two would have been a strong 207. We continue to push the envelope of these engines and so you have to expect things like this to happen. The only way to improve is to keep trying and that is what both Infiniti and Team Cheever are committed to doing." About the race..."Vegas is a very difficult track. Since the banking is not as extreme as we are used to at these 1.5-mile ovals and the weather is so hot, tires and handling become the real issues during the race. There are twelve guys going for the top three positions this weekend (in the championship), so it is going to be one great race. Vegas is the perfect setting for the final minutes of the race for the championship title to take place."

Qualifying Highlights:

1. Sam Schmidt 2. Mark Dismore 3. Kenny Brack 4. Greg Ray 5. Scott Goodyear 6. Scott Sharp 7. Tyce Carlson 8. John Hollansworth Jr. 9. Billy Boat 10. Buddy Lazier 18. Eddie Cheever Jr.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Greg Ray , Eddie Cheever , Buddy Lazier , Scott Sharp , Billy Boat , Mark Dismore , Scott Goodyear , Kenny Brack , Sam Schmidt , Tyce Carlson