IRL, Indy 500: Team Cheever Practice Notes
21 May 1999Reigning Indy 500 winner, Eddie Cheever, Jr. and his #51 Team Cheever/The Children's Beverage Group Dallara/Goodyear/Infiniti clocked the 6th fastest time of the day, and his best of the week, today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Cheever's #51 T Dallara race car clocked a fast time of 224.193 mph (40.114 seconds).
Team Cheever's Wim Eyckmans spent the day preparing the final set-up of his #52 EGP/Beaulieu of America Dallara/Goodyear Oldsmobile. His top speed of the day was 220.691 mph at a time of 40.781 seconds.
Top Ten: Thursday, May 20th 1. Ray (T) 227.192 6. Cheever (T) 224.193 2. R. Unser 225.079 7. Schmidt 224.131 3. Luyendyk 225.073 8. Brack 223.708 4. Gregoire 224.792 9. Sharp 223.681 5. Lazier 224.361 10. Boat (T) 223.564 (T) stands for T-car or back up car.
Eddie Cheever, Jr.
#51 Team Cheever/The Children's Beverage Group/Dallara/Goodyear/Infiniti
"We've had a hard time finding the balance the past few days. We hit on something this morning and afternoon that has made the car much better."
"We put a fresh engine in the car this morning. The last couple of days we've had a series of electrical problems that could have put us out of the race. We think we've solved them now, but we're still on a steep learning curve with our new engine program. We feel we're on the right track."