IRL: Kansas: Cheever Racing race report

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (July 6, 2003) -- The streak finally came to an end. Buddy Rice's streak of consecutive races in which he was running at the finish came to an end Sunday when a mechanical problem caused him to park the Red Bull Cheever Racing No.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (July 6, 2003) -- The streak finally came to an end. Buddy Rice's streak of consecutive races in which he was running at the finish came to an end Sunday when a mechanical problem caused him to park the Red Bull Cheever Racing No. 52 Chevrolet/Dallara during the Kansas Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway.

"It was a very frustrating day for Red Bull Cheever Racing," Rice said. "The team did a great job of setting up the car all weekend, and we had a good chance of finishing really well today. Unfortunately, we ran into problems and the car began smoking from an oil leak."

Rice finished 19th, marking the first time in his 13-race IRL IndyCar Series career that he wasn't running at the end of the race. Bryan Herta won the race.

The Red Bull Cheever Racing crew was forced to make two long pit stops to repair an oil leak. On the first stop, which lasted 25 minutes and 30 laps, the crew discovered an oil filter had unscrewed. On a second stop, which lasted 42 laps and 15 minutes, the crew fixed the same problem. Eventually, Rice was forced to stop.

"We managed to stay in the race a few laps more until we had more problems with the oil leaking," Rice said. "We were unable to fix the car and had to throw in the towel for the day. The team worked so hard to fix the car for me, so I'm very disappointed in the result we had today. All we can do is learn from these mistakes and look to the next race to have a better finish."

The Red Bull Cheever Racing team will move on to Nashville Superspeedway for the Firestone Indy 300 on July 19.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bryan Herta , Buddy Rice