IRL: Texas II: Cheever Racing Saturday report

Rice, Cheever qualify in top five at Texas. Both Buddy Rice and Eddie Cheever Jr. qualified in the top five today for the Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Rice will start fourth in the No. 52 Red Bull Cheever Racing Infiniti, qualifying with...

Rice, Cheever qualify in top five at Texas.

Both Buddy Rice and Eddie Cheever Jr. qualified in the top five today for the Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Rice will start fourth in the No. 52 Red Bull Cheever Racing Infiniti, qualifying with a lap of 23.72 seconds, 220.788 mph. Cheever was less than three-hundreths of a second behind in fifth place, with a lap of 23.75 seconds, 220.526 mph in the No. 51 Red Bull Infiniti.

In his Red Bull Cheever Racing debut, Robby McGehee qualified 11th. He turned a quick lap of 23.95 seconds, 218.739 mph in the No. 53 car.

In the practice session before qualifying the Red Bull cars were significantly faster, taking advantage of the tows that come with running in traffic. Rice turned the fastest lap at 221.695 mph and Cheever was third fastest at 221.100 mph.

Eddie Cheever Jr. on Qualifying:

"We are happy with our qualifying today. I've had some issues in qualifying the last three times on these mile-and-a-half ovals. We seemed to have found some solutions. I am very impressed with what Chevy has done these past two races. Both Al (Unser Jr.) and Sam (Hornish Jr.) are right up there, along with the Menard's car on pole. I have had a very difficult year, with a lot of personal issues that are now over. I can go back to doing what I enjoy doing: driving race cars. I just had to go through something that everybody does, unfortunately. I am very happy to be here, and I am sad the season is coming to an end. I plan to leave this season on a high note."

Buddy Rice on Qualifying:

"I think we are going to have a real solid race car like we did in Chicago. We made some errors in Chicago that cost us, but our car was strong. I think fourth is an excellent starting spot for us. We'll be in position to strike early and make sure we keep up front."

Robby McGehee on Qualifying:

"I've heard Eddie say this several times, and it's my feeling too, that we each need to go out there and try to win the race for Red Bull Cheever Racing. I am certainly not in contention for the championship, but I feel I have a car that can win the race. I am very honored and thrilled to be driving one of these cars. This is a great team. I would love to be involved with them in the future. I don't know if that will happen or not, but certainly they have given me a chance to go out there, with a good package, and show what I can do."

Live Cheever Chat:
The official website of Red Bull Cheever Racing, www.cheeverindyracing.com, will host a live chat session with 1998 Indy 500 champion Eddie Cheever Jr. the evening of the Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The chat will be from 8 to 9:30 p.m. (EDT) Sept. 15. To participate visit www.cheeverindyracing.com and select the "Live Chat" button.

Race Information
The Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway starts at 3 p.m. (EDT) Sunday, Sept. 15. The race will be televised live on ABC and by the Indy Racing Radio Network. 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 Robby McGehee , Eddie Cheever , Buddy Rice