INDY 500 PRACTICE NOTES (May 21, 1999) Indianapolis Motor Speedway In anticipation of the Indy 500 Qualifier tomorrow and "Bump Day" on Sunday, Team Cheever made the final changes to their ...
INDY 500 PRACTICE NOTES (May 21, 1999) Indianapolis Motor Speedway
In anticipation of the Indy 500 Qualifier tomorrow and "Bump Day" on Sunday, Team Cheever made the final changes to their #51 and #52 Dallara Indy racing cars. Team owner and defending Indy 500 Champion, Eddie Cheever, will qualify first and sixtieth (T-car) while rookie Wim Eyckmans will qualify 26th. Cheever and Eyckmans will be competing for one of 33 starting positions.
Qualifying and "Bump Day
Qualifying for the Indy 500 can be a difficult and nerve wracking experience with each driver attempting to qualify his race car by performing two warm-up laps and then four consecutive timed (or "green") laps. The average time of the four laps become the official qualifying time for that car. Once the team accepts this time (to abort the session, they must wave off the qualifying session before the four laps are completed), the car becomes officially logged in the 33-car starting grid by its time.
Over the two day period, cars with lower times can be "bumped" (or eliminated) out of the qualifying grid by cars with better times. Once "bumped", the team can elect to move the driver to another car and attempt to "bump" a slower car out of the starting order. No further attempt can be made by a car that is already "qualified".
Eddie Cheever, Jr. Best time of the week: 224.193 mph #51 Team Cheever/The Children's Beverage Group/Dallara/Goodyear/Infiniti
"Well, having picked the first draw to qualify, we can safely say we'll be on pole for at least a time! We've done so many laps this week, I feel as if I'm ready to deliver a baby, whether it's the due date or not! We are definitely ready to qualify."
"I think Menards has the jump on all of us. I have to give Butch Myers a lot of credit, he's done a great job with those engines."
"When you qualify you have to be committed the moment you leave the pits. This isn't a situation where you can come back in and have the team change the tires or fool with the front wings. You've got what you've got. And, as far as the track conditions, it's the luck of the draw. Sometimes the car is perfect and is running in perfect conditions; sometimes, it isn't. We had hoped to get a very low number or a very high number and we got both. We will be happy to be in the first or second row for the race."
"It'll be good to get qualifying out of the way and start concentrating on the race, doing full tank runs, etc. Our race hat has always been stronger than our qualifying hat."
Sponsor Information Primary sponsorship of Team Cheever comes from The Children's Beverage Group. The Children's Beverage Group (TCBG) is the designer of the RIP-IT SIP-IT(tm) straw-in-the-pouch drinking system that began distribution nationwide in 1997. For more information, call TCBG's corporate headquarters at 847-562-4040 or visit their website at http//www.tcbg.com. Associate sponsors of Team Cheever include GO-RACHELS.COM, Menards, Ceramiche Ragno, Goodyear, STP, TruGreen*Chemlawn, Bosch, Pennzoil and Invincible Sportswear.
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