Scheckter fastest at MIS. BROOKLYN, Mich. -- The Indy Racing League season has had plenty of ups and downs for rookie driver Tomas Scheckter. The 21-year-old South African racer has had his share of successes this season -- two poles and nine ...
Scheckter fastest at MIS.
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- The Indy Racing League season has had plenty of ups and downs for rookie driver Tomas Scheckter. The 21-year-old South African racer has had his share of successes this season -- two poles and nine top-10 starts in 10 races.
But, he's also had his share of bad luck -- crashing in five races and running at the finish in only three events.
He hit another of the bright spots on Saturday when he won the pole position for Sunday's Michigan Indy 400 to lead a sweep of the top three spots by the Red Bull Cheever Racing team.
Scheckter was clocked in 221.868 mph in his Dallara/Infiniti to edge teammate Buddy Rice who reached 221.831. Team owner Eddie Cheever was next at 220.328. Sam Hornish Jr. will start fourth (219.580) and Mark Dinsmore fifth (219.295).
Scheckter felt his performance was a strong one since he was handed an entire new crew earlier this week while his former crew was assigned to the Rice car for one race.
"It's been a tough week for me," Scheckter said. "What was taken away from me was a big knock on me. To be on the pole is the best thing I could have done. Hopefully, we can get a win out of it as well.
"We didn't expect this. The car was pretty hard to drive but it's great for the crew. But, today's today and tomorrow's tomorrow. If you think I went quick today, just wait until tomorrow."
Scheckter's best finish so far this season was a fourth at Richmond.
Rice tried his best to keep the tension in the Red Bull camp at a distance.
"Our cars have all been quite close," Rice said. "Everything has been working out quite well. My job here is to finish the race and make sure it's a 1-2-3 finish for Red Bull."