IRL: Team Cheever Pikes Peak Report

TEAM CHEEVER RACES FOR POINTS AT PIKES PEAK Fountain, CO. -- Indianapolis 500 winner, Eddie Cheever and teammate Robby Unser, finished 8th and 12th in today's exciting Radisson 200 IRL race at Pikes Peak International Raceway, where leader...

TEAM CHEEVER RACES FOR POINTS AT PIKES PEAK

Fountain, CO. -- Indianapolis 500 winner, Eddie Cheever and teammate Robby Unser, finished 8th and 12th in today's exciting Radisson 200 IRL race at Pikes Peak International Raceway, where leader Kenny Brack literally coast down the front straightaway to win the race.

With the Colorado results, Cheever moves up to 10th place in the Drivers Points, just 11 points shy of 9th place Marco Greco. Unser still leads all Rookies and is 17th overall in the points drive.

Cheever started his #51 Rachel's Gourmet Potato Chips Dallara from the 8th row after qualifying 16th. In typical Cheever fashion, he quickly charged through the pack and, by Lap 50, was comfortably pacing the race from 8th place. As Cheever pulled out from his first pit stop, Arie Luyendyk blew an engine on the main straight. With the wave of the yellow flag, the rest of the field took advantage of making their normal stops under the caution; Cheever haplessly was pushed two laps down.

Again, Cheever put his foot to the floor and refocused on the hunt. By Lap 178, with fewer than 25 laps to go in the race, it looked as though Cheever might be able to snag a spot for himself on the front row. The leaders still had one more stop to make and Cheever was riding seventh before his own. As Cheever pulled from the pits for the final time, the crew prayed that Lady Luck would look kindly on them. She chose to look another way. "We had a car that could have won today," commented Cheever. "There is no question in my mind that if that if we had gotten one lucky break, we would have caught them all."

Meanwhile, teammate Robby Unser and his #52 The Children's Beverage Group GForce team were knee deep in their own battle. Having qualified 23rd in his first effort on the picturesque 1-mile paved oval, Unser had his work cut out for him. Lap after lap, Unser consistently clocked competitive times as he drove his way through the field. With the help of several well-timed pit stops called by Crew Chief, Dane Harte and his father, 3-time Indy 500 winner, Bobby Unser, Robby successfully made his way to a 12th place finish by the drop of the checkered flag.

"We got the points we needed today," spoke Unser of the day. "Dane, Dad and the entire crew kept me where I needed to be all day. We've kept our position in the points and made significant gains in front of the other Rookies...that was important!"

Round 9 of the 11-race IRL series is the Atlanta Classic 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, August 24th-29th. The inaugural race starts at 9pm, August 29th and will be televised on TNN.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Arie Luyendyk , Kenny Brack , Bobby Unser , Robby Unser