IRL: Phoenix: Cheever Racing qualifying notes

Red Bull Cheever Racing Fastest Infiniti in Phoenix Qualifying at Fifth: Tomas Scheckter led the Infiniti-powered drivers in qualifying at Phoenix by turning the fifth fastest lap of MBNA Pole qualifications. His best qualifying lap of 177.971 mph...

Red Bull Cheever Racing Fastest Infiniti in Phoenix Qualifying at Fifth: Tomas Scheckter led the Infiniti-powered drivers in qualifying at Phoenix by turning the fifth fastest lap of MBNA Pole qualifications. His best qualifying lap of 177.971 mph was his fastest of the weekend and places the No. 52 Red Bull Cheever Racing Infiniti on the inside of the third row for the start of the Bombardier ATV Copper World Indy 200 on March 17.

In an ultra-competitive 26-car grid, separated by only 1.29 seconds, Eddie Cheever Jr. is 16th in the No. 51 Red Bull Cheever Racing Infiniti with a 173.975 mph lap.

Tomas Scheckter on Qualifying:
"I am just glad to be the first Nissan on the grid. My goal going into qualifying was to get in the top six and we got fifth, so I'm happy. We'll look for a good race tomorrow for Red Bull Cheever Racing. I'll take it easy in the beginning of the race, but not too easy. I want to make sure I get in a good position with a nice rhythm and work my way through the field. I just want to have a good race tomorrow. That's what counts. Driving on ovals is a new experience for me. I am enjoying it, but I'll enjoy it more when we are closer to the front."

Eddie Cheever Jr. on Qualifying:
"Obviously, I am disappointed that we didn't qualify that well. We made a mistake with the gear ratios. The Red Bull Cheever Racing Infiniti is very good; we were just carrying a little too much drag. The strategy is the same for anybody here, if you are starting that far back, avoid trouble, make sure the car runs well the first 65 laps on full tanks, and try to guess where the track is going. It has been a long time since I qualified this poorly, but the car is good enough that we should be able to run well in the race."

Eddie Cheever Jr. on the Race:
"It's going to be hard. At a bull ring like this there are a lot of cars that are going quick. The first six cars will be going at it tooth and nail at the beginning of the race. Hopefully I can catch up quickly somewhere in the middle of the run. The traffic will be very aggressive tomorrow."

The Bombardier ATV Copper World Indy 200 starts at 2 p.m. (MST) March 17. 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.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Eddie Cheever