IRL: Texas Electrical problem foils front-running Cheever

Fort Worth, TX (October 6, 2001) - Eddie Cheever Jr. ran strongly in the lead pack during the Indy Racing season finale at Texas Motor Speedway before an electrical problem thwarted his bid to earn his second victory of the year. The retirement...

Fort Worth, TX (October 6, 2001) - Eddie Cheever Jr. ran strongly in the lead pack during the Indy Racing season finale at Texas Motor Speedway before an electrical problem thwarted his bid to earn his second victory of the year. The retirement on lap 92 of the 200-lap event brought an early end to Cheever's exciting 2001 season, which included the first win for the new Infiniti Indy 35A engine at Kansas City in July, six top-three starts, three top-five finishes, and five top-ten results. Cheever also led a total of 168 laps and challenged for the win at numerous races in his #51 Infiniti-powered machine.

Eddie Cheever Jr. (on the race): "We didn't have the #51 car running the way we wanted at the beginning of the race, but we had made some big aero changes during the last pit stop (on lap 87) to improve the handling. I'm sure we would have got it right. Unfortunately, we didn't get a chance to see how the changes worked. We had a problem during refueling on the last pit stop, and some fuel spilled out and caught fire. It was an electrical problem that put us out of the race, but we're not sure if it was related to the incident. It is very possible that the fire damaged the wiring harness. It's not the way we wanted to end the season."

On the Infiniti motorsports program: "The Infiniti engineers have done a great job this year. They had a very chaotic racing system when we started, but now they are as aggressive and strong as anyone out there. I had a feeling that today just might be Robbie Buhl's day. The Infiniti power was strong. It was one hell of a race out there."

Associate sponsors of Cheever Indy Racing include Infiniti, Firestone, Menards, Bosch, True Grit, and Eviciti.

- Cheever Indy Racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Robbie Buhl