Red Bull Cheever Racing dominates qualifying at Michigan It was a record breaking day at Michigan International Speedway with Red Bull Cheever Racing becoming the first team in the history of the Indy Racing League to sweep the top three...
Red Bull Cheever Racing dominates qualifying at Michigan
It was a record breaking day at Michigan International Speedway with Red Bull Cheever Racing becoming the first team in the history of the Indy Racing League to sweep the top three positions in qualifying.
Rookie's Tomas Scheckter and Buddy Rice led the charge by qualifying on the front row. Scheckter grabbed the pole position with a 221.868 mph lap in the No. 52 Red Bull Cheever Racing Infiniti. Rice, in his IRL debut, was a tick behind in second place with a 221.831 mph lap in the No. 53 car. In the No. 51, team owner and driver Eddie Cheever Jr. was third with a 220.328 mph lap.
Scheckter's pole position was the team's fourth this season, including Cheever's pole at Fontana, and Scheckter's poles at Texas and Kansas. Red Bull Cheever Racing is tied with Team Penske for the most number of poles this season.
Eddie Cheever Jr. said: "Both Tomas and Buddy did a great job getting on the front row. Now we've got to see if we can make it work for 400 miles."
Tomas Scheckter on Qualifying
"This race is going to be a dogfight. With the regulations the IRL has put in place we are going to give the fans a great show. This track is fairly easy to drive, but the traffic in race conditions will be another story. There will be two and three abreast in the race. It will be a good show, which is what is great about the IRL. The performance of the Infiniti engine this weekend gives us a good chance to win. My prediction for the race is that one of the Red Bull Cheever Racing cars will win tomorrow."
Buddy Rice on Qualifying
"Michigan is so big, and so wide that it gives me lots of room to get familiar with the track and the other drivers in the series. I don't think there could have been a better track to make a debut, except maybe California Speedway or one of the other larger speedways. A lot of this second place goes back to the Red Bull Cheever Racing team and the Infiniti power. All three cars have been together all weekend. It makes my job a lot easier when the car is all sorted out. I just hop in and fine tune it to what I want. We are all similar in setup, but there are little things that we each like different. It's a long race at 400 miles. What we want to try to do is make it to the end. There are a lot of things that can happen. We are shooting for bringing the car home with all four corners. After that we are looking for a 1, 2, 3 finish for Red Bull and Cheever Racing."
Eddie Cheever Jr. on Practice
"We came here with three cars which was a big, big jump from what we have done all season with just running two cars. Tomas was perfect in qualifying, and Buddy, in his first race weekend, almost got the pole. As a team we're very proud. The mechanics did a good job getting all of these cars ready. Tomorrow we plan to do our best. I will continue making changes in the team until we start achieving the race finishes that we have to deliver for Red Bull. So far the experiment is working."
The Michigan Indy 400 starts at 3:00 p.m. (EDT) Sunday, July 28. The race will be televised live on ABC and by the Indy Racing Radio Network. Live timing and scoring of all on-track activity can be found on www.indyracing.com.
Red Bull Cheever Racing, based in Indianapolis, is the brainchild of 1998 Indy 500 champion Eddie Cheever Jr. A leader in American motorsports, the Indy Racing League team is built on Cheever's experience in Formula One, sports cars and open-wheel oval racing. Corporate and technical partnerships with the world's leading energy drink Red Bull, Nissan North America's Infiniti Division, TWR Group, and Lincoln Financial Group greatly enhance the team's resources and technology. For more information, visit www.cheeverindyracing.com.