Final Practice Notes Texas Motor Speedway IROC NOTES It's been double duty for the 1998 and 1999 Indy 500 winners today as Eddie Cheever, Jr. and Kenny Brack flew to Michigan for the 12noon IROC race. Brack led the open-wheel contingent with...
Final Practice Notes Texas Motor Speedway
It's been double duty for the 1998 and 1999 Indy 500 winners today as Eddie Cheever, Jr. and Kenny Brack flew to Michigan for the 12noon IROC race. Brack led the open-wheel contingent with an eighth place finish while Cheever, who lost a spark plug on the second lap, finished last in the 12-car field. The final race of the 4-race IROC series will be on the two Indy racers home turf Friday, July 31 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. As per IROC rules, where the field reverses each race, Cheever will start the Indy home comer from the Pole position.
"Running on seven cylinders doesn't make for much fun. I'm just glad it wasn't a 500 mile race," joked Eddie Cheever, Jr. "I guess the good news is that, even though I have been on the outside (pole) at Indy before, I've always wanted to know what being on pole felt like. Now I have my chance at the end of July!"
Today's IROC race will be televised tomorrow on ESPN at 3pm EDT.
FINAL PRACTICE NOTES
Eddie Cheever, Jr., will start his #51 Team Cheever/The Children's Beverage Group Dallara/Infiniti/Goodyear 5th from the third row at Pep Boys Indy Racing League Longhorn 500. In Thursday's qualifier, Cheever lapped the 1.5-mile Texas superspeedway at a top speed of 213.430 mph in 24.542 seconds, securing the fifth spot.
"It was an exciting first two laps after getting out of an IROC car just a few hours ago. Like you've entered a new galaxy. "
"Tomorrow's race is going to be extremely hard on the tires; extremely hard on the engines. This is going to be a hot, fast track. The new 10,000 rev rule have completely repackaged the cars...it'll be an extremely close and strategic race."
The Longhorn 500 presented by MCI WorldCom will air live on FOX Sports Net on Saturday, June 12th at 7:30pm (EDT).