IRL: Pikes Peak: Cheever Racing qualifying report

Scheckter qualifies tenth at Pikes Peak. Tomas Scheckter continued his streak of top-ten qualifying results by turning the tenth fastest lap in MBNA Pole Qualifying at Pikes Peak International Raceway on Saturday. In his rookie Indy Racing ...

Scheckter qualifies tenth at Pikes Peak.

Tomas Scheckter continued his streak of top-ten qualifying results by turning the tenth fastest lap in MBNA Pole Qualifying at Pikes Peak International Raceway on Saturday. In his rookie Indy Racing League season, Scheckter has qualified tenth or better in every race this year, including a pole position at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this month.

On his first visit to the Colorado oval, Scheckter qualified on the outside of row five with a 174.677 mph average speed in the No. 52 Red Bull Cheever Racing Infiniti. His qualifying speed was slightly slower than his seventh-ranked practice speed of 174.895.

Eddie Cheever Jr. qualified 15th for what will be his seventh race at Pikes Peak International Raceway. With a top speed of 172.864 in practice, Cheever improved on his time in qualifying by turning a 173.769 lap. Cheever has finished eighth or better in five of six races at PPIR, including a victory in the 2000 race.

Eddie Cheever Jr. on Qualifying "Our qualifying run with the Red Bull Infiniti was a little bit better than practice this morning. The wind really slows you down coming off turn two. I am happy with the car for the race. I think it will be good. (ABOUT THE ALTITUDE) At the end of an hour and a half it gets to be pretty long. You are really breathing hard because there is not much oxygen and your body is not used to the air. I always come to Colorado early to get acclimated. With the car you get less horsepower, and less downforce. The horsepower and the downforce somewhat even themselves out, so you can't tell the difference."

Tomas Scheckter on Qualifying
"It was a good run. The problem is that it was my first time to drive this track. I needed a little more time to learn the circuit, the setups, and tune the car to where it is comfortable for me. Texas was a little easier to learn. The teams that had a chance to test here have a little bit of an advantage. Considering that we came here and practiced and qualified on the same day, the Red Bull Cheever Racing team did a good job. We'll just start a little bit further back, and instead of leading all those laps and falling out, we'll lead the last 25 laps for the win. This circuit is like a bigger oval, only smaller. Phoenix and Nazareth seem to have one corner that is very tight, and the other is not so tight. This one is much more even. The altitude makes it a little bit harder to breathe, but when the car is good you don't breathe very much anyway."

Race Information
The Radisson Indy 225 starts at 4 p.m. (EDT) Sunday, June 16. 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.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Eddie Cheever