IRL: Texas: Cheever Racing preview

Boomtown 500 Race 6 of 15, Indy Racing League Championship Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas Eddie Cheever Jr. on Texas Placing fifth at the Indianapolis 500 and seventh at Nazareth, Eddie Cheever Jr. has worked his way up to 12th in the...

Boomtown 500
Race 6 of 15, Indy Racing League Championship
Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas

Eddie Cheever Jr. on Texas

Placing fifth at the Indianapolis 500 and seventh at Nazareth, Eddie Cheever Jr. has worked his way up to 12th in the point standings, overcoming early season troubles. With 10 races remaining in the 2002 season, the Red Bull Cheever Racing crew and Cheever have their sights set on winning the championship.

"We are very disappointed with our results at the Indy 500. The Nissan Infiniti engines and the Red Bull cars were very strong at Indy. We had a package worthy of winning the race, and all we have to show for it is a fifth-place finish. We have a point to prove in Texas."

"What will drive this team now is winning races and the IRL championship. It will take some serious work, but Red Bull Cheever Racing is still in the hunt for the championship."

Tomas Scheckter on Texas

Coming off a strong run at Indianapolis, where he led more laps than any other driver, Tomas Scheckter prepares for his first race at Texas Motor Speedway. The Indy co-rookie of the year has led two of five races in his first Indy Racing League season.

"I am excited to get to Texas. I haven't driven there yet but the team told me that it is a lot more banked, and a lot tighter. I think it will be a massive race because there are a lot of good drivers out there. The fans in Texas will see a lot of good racing. Eddie (Cheever Jr.) had an unbelievable race there last year. I have all the tapes from last season that I am studying. I plan on being around for the last twenty laps, and leading the last lap. I am tired of running up front and then not being around at the end."

Flashback: Cheever's History at Texas Motor Speedway

From 1997 to 2001, Eddie Cheever Jr. raced in nine IRL events at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway oval. He led five of nine races at the speedway known for its drafting and close racing. He finished in the top ten four times. His best finish was in October 2000 when he finished second by one-tenth of a second to Scott Goodyear.

"I am not quite sure why, but this track is turning into the hardest track of the IRL series. Drafting is key at Texas, along with staying away from the idiots, which I haven't managed to do very well. Last year's race resulted in an entirely new set of rules on driving conduct that includes a severe penalty for blocking."

Race Information

The Boomtown 500 starts at 7 p.m. (CDT) Saturday, June 8. The race will be televised live on ESPN and by the Indy Racing Radio Network. Practice takes place June 6 and 7, while qualifying is scheduled for June 6. 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 , Scott Goodyear