IRL: St. Louis: Cheever Racing race report

Rice and Red Bull Cheever Racing struggle at Gateway MADISON, Ill. (Aug. 10, 2003) -- Despite the power of the new Gen IV Chevy Indy V8, Red Bull Cheever Racing and Buddy Rice struggled at the tricky 1.25-mile oval at Gateway International ...

Rice and Red Bull Cheever Racing struggle at Gateway

MADISON, Ill. (Aug. 10, 2003) -- Despite the power of the new Gen IV Chevy Indy V8, Red Bull Cheever Racing and Buddy Rice struggled at the tricky 1.25-mile oval at Gateway International Raceway, finishing 14th in the Emerson Indy 250.

"We didn't get the result today that we were looking for," said Rice. "Chevy gave us a great engine to work with all weekend and we were very impressed with it's performance. It proved to be a reliable engine that has the capacity to be very competitive."

Starting 11th, the best starting position this season for the No. 52 Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara-Chevy, Rice battled with an ill-handling car for the entire 200-lap race. Trying to improve the handling of the car, Rice came in early for the first two pit stops of the race for new tires. Both times the team was unlucky with the yellow flag being thrown right after their stops. While the rest of the drivers entered the pits under slow track conditions, Rice dropped back in the field. He took the checkered flag in 14th place behind race winner Helio Castroneves.

"It was a horrible weekend for us," team owner Eddie Cheever Jr. said. "We never got the car working the entire weekend. The car was so bad in the race we had to come in to change tires. Every time Buddy came in at the beginning the left rear tire had grown by a half inch because there was so much pickup on it."

Rice looks forward to getting to the longer straightaways of the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway, where the horsepower advantage of the new Chevy engine will show.

"We hope that next weekend in Kentucky will prove to be a better race for us and give us the chance to show what the Gen IV Chevy Indy V8 can do," said Rice.

The Belterra Casino Indy 300 is set for next weekend at 2 p.m. (EDT) Aug. 17.

Red Bull Cheever Racing, based in Indianapolis, is the brainchild of 1998 Indy 500 champion Eddie Cheever Jr. A leader in American motorsports, the IRL IndyCar Series team is built on Cheever's experience in Formula One, sports cars and open-wheel oval racing. Corporate and technical partnerships include the world's leading energy drink Red Bull, Chevrolet, Dallara, and Firestone. For more information visit www.cheeverracing.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Helio Castroneves , Buddy Rice