IRL: Kansas: Cheever Racing preview

" BUDDY RICE ON KANSAS INDY 300: "We're going into Kansas next weekend which is a mile and a half track. I think we're going to be in our same position with being a little bit down on power, but we know that GM and everybody including ourselves...

" BUDDY RICE ON KANSAS INDY 300:

"We're going into Kansas next weekend which is a mile and a half track. I think we're going to be in our same position with being a little bit down on power, but we know that GM and everybody including ourselves are working hard to make improvements. We're going to work on our chassis and use that as our focus point. We're going to make sure we have a good strong car so we can keep up in the draft and make strides forward to continue finishing in the top ten. We know if we keep working hard on our chassis we can make it there and keep chasing the championship."

" TEAM NOTES:

+ Rice heads for the first time to the 1.5 mile tri-oval Kansas Speedway in hopes of pulling off his 13th consecutive finish and maintaining his record of most consecutive finishes of any driver in the IRL IndyCar Series.

+ Eddie Cheever Jr., owner of Red Bull Cheever Racing, won the first Kansas Indy 300 Race on July 8, 2001. For 2003, Cheever is taking a break from his racing career to focus on his duties as a team owner, and sharing his driving experience with Buddy Rice to develop him into a championship-winning driver.

+ In his first full-year of the IRL IndyCar Series, Rice finished in an impressive 11th position in his rookie year of the 2003 Indianapolis 500 Race and was the highest finishing Chevrolet-powered car. In addition, Rice has brought home three ninth-place finishes, his best of the season, at Phoenix, Pikes Peak and Richmond. His best finish ever in the IndyCar Series is second in his first race in 2001 at Michigan.

+ Rice will play in the Celebrity Softball Game on Thursday, July 3, at the CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City. A Phoenix native, Rice enjoys baseball, especially the Phoenix Diamondbacks. Rice played baseball throughout high school and was on the path to play professional baseball, but instead decided to pursue professional racing.

+ Red Bull Cheever Racing proved they are the fastest team in the pits by winning the 27th annual Checkers/Rally's Pit Stop Challenge at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2003 and defeating defending contest winners, Marlboro Team Penske.

+ Eddie Cheever Jr. will serve as an honorary counselor this year during the Super Summer Safari Science Camp at the Boys and Girls Club Camp in Noblesville, Ind. On June 24, he visited the camp and performed a racing-related science project for the campers. Cheever's goal is to get campers interested in scientific ideas through the dynamics of racing. For more information visit www.bcgindy.org/camp.

+ Red Bull Cheever Racing, based in Indianapolis, is the brainchild of 1998 Indy 500 champion Eddie Cheever Jr. A leader in American motorsports, the IRL IndyCar Series team is built on Cheever's experience in Formula One, sports cars and open-wheel oval racing. Corporate and technical partnerships include the world's leading energy drink Red Bull, Chevrolet, Dallara, and Firestone. '

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Buddy Rice
Teams Team Penske