IRL: Nashville: Cheever Racing race summary

Cheever drives Red Bull Infiniti to sixth at Nashville. Eddie Cheever Jr. broke into the top ten of the Indy Racing League point standings after finishing sixth in the Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. A clever pit strategy, along...

Cheever drives Red Bull Infiniti to sixth at Nashville.

Eddie Cheever Jr. broke into the top ten of the Indy Racing League point standings after finishing sixth in the Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway.

A clever pit strategy, along with quick pit stops, salvaged a strong finish for Cheever, who struggled with an ill-handling car in the race. His sixth-place finish is his second best of the season, after finishing fifth at the Indianapolis 500.

"Our pit work and race strategy was the best of the year," said General Manager Richard Caron about the Red Bull Cheever Racing crew which earned the Coors Light Pit Performance Award at Nashville.

For the fifth time this season Tomas Scheckter turned the fastest lap of the race at 202.154 mph. He was unable to capitalize on this speed though, after crashing on lap 172 when attempting to pass teammate Cheever. Scheckter, who was in second place before the accident, finished 13th in the final race standings. He was uninjured in the accident.

Eddie Cheever Jr. on Race:
"Out of the 200 laps my car was good for about three of them. It was pushing, and then it would get loose. I just had no grip. It reminded me of the car I had at Colorado. It was really hard to drive. The brightest part of our day was our pit stops, which came off like clockwork. Both teams got us back on track ahead of the competition every time we left the pits tonight."

Eddie Cheever Jr. on Tomas' Accident:
"I have no idea what happened with Tomas. I was having a miserable time with the handling of the car. I saw the leaders coming and I got out of everybody's way. I would lose five or six miles an hour getting out of the way. When Tomas came up on me I went low. I was so low that there was dust coming inside the car. I looked in my mirrors and saw Tomas leading a group of cars. I expected a train to pass by, and they never came by."

Tomas Scheckter on Race:
"I was coming up on Eddie to lap him. He was a lot slower and I approached him very quickly, took the high line and went into the wall. Billy (Boat) said in the medical center that there might have been something on the track. Eddie and I just have to sit down and look at the tapes. I am not sure what happened. It was an unfortunate situation. I am disappointed for myself and disappointed for the team. They gave me a good car tonight, and did great work in the pits."

Race Information
The Indy Racing League heads to Brooklyn (Mich.) for the Michigan Indy 400 on Sunday, July 28 at 3 p.m. (EDT). 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.

-CIR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Eddie Cheever