www infiniti com : "It was a race down to the last lap, and our third place finish shows onceagain that Eddie is the right guy for us," said Steve Kight, director,Infiniti Marketing. "The fantastic competition we saw in this race is oneof the reasons why Infiniti is more excited about Indy racing than we haveever been. We're telling the story about Infiniti's performance andtechnology. Eddie proved that on the track today. In the future, weexpect that to be proven again and again."Team Cheever's third-place finish marks the third time Infiniti hasfinished on the podium since the Infiniti Indy V8 made its debut in 1997. The first top-three finish came at the engine manufacturer's debut at WaltDisney World Speedway in 1997 when Mike Groff finished second. Infinitialso finished third at the 1999 Phoenix race with Robbie Buhl."This track has been good to us," said Frank Honsowetz, manager, InfinitiMotorsports. "What happened in 1997 was that this was an all-new formula.We have a group working on this project that has the ability to get thejob done. It showed up in '97 when we finished second in our first raceand it showed today with the introduction of the 3.5- liter formula. What we are going to do different this time is that we now have thestructure, the organization, and a front-running team. We have everythingwe need to race against Oldsmobile competitively from here on out."
www infiniti com : Although the next Northern Light Indy Racing League event is not untilMarch 19th at Phoenix International Raceway, the Infiniti Indy team has abusy schedule ahead of them. Partnered with Team Cheever, Infiniti willspend the next few months testing. The focus of this testing program willbe on the new Infiniti Indy "35A" engine which could debut as early as theLas Vegas Motor Speedway event in April."Our all-new engine is the sister engine to the 5-liter engine used byNissan in last year's 24 Hours of Le Mans," said Frank Honsowetz. "A lotof development and effort from Nissan Japan and the U.S.-based InfinitiIndy design team has gone into this new engine. We are about to startrunning the Infiniti Indy 35A and we are confident that it will make a bigdifference."Eddie Cheever agrees that the future of the program will be the newInfiniti Indy 35A powerplant."I have my ace in the hole, which I believe is going to be the new NissanInfiniti 35A," said Cheever. "If you don't have one of those than you arein trouble come this year's Indianapolis 500."
www infiniti com : Infiniti Indy Design Team Members - Frank Honsowetz, Manager, InfinitiMotorsports; Stuart Duncan; Hans Hermann; Ed Pink, Ed Pink Racing Engines;Yoshio Taguchi, Manager, Motorsports Development Section at Nissan inJapan.Drivers attempting to qualify for the Indy 500 using Infiniti Indy power:Robbie Buhl, No. 44 Purex/Dreyer & Reinbold D/I/FEddie Cheever Jr., No. 51 Team Cheever/The Children's Beverage Group D/I/GRoberto Guerrero, No. 50 CBR Cobb Racing G/I/FScott Harrington, No. 66 Harrington Motorsports D/I/FJeret Schroeder, No. 96 Purity Farms CBR Cobb Racing G/I/FInfiniti Indy Improvements: Faster and Lighter - The Infiniti Indy designteam has made significant improvements to the V8 engine since its debut atOrlando in 1997. The current phase 2.5 engine has 110 more horsepower andweighs 64 pounds less than the first Infiniti Indy.Since last year's Indy 500 the engine has gained 31 horsepower (even withthe rule changes from 10,500 to 10,300 rpm) and lost ten pounds frominternal enhancements.Technical Feature: Infiniti Indy Track Support-Every lap that an InfinitiIndy engine completes on track is an opportunity to learn more about thepower plant. For this reason a qualified engineer is on site every timethe engine is run.
www infiniti com : Mark Honsowetz-brother to Frank Honsowetz-works for Ed Pink RacingEngines, and provides support at the track. By debriefing with thedrivers and team engineers and monitoring telemetry, Honsowetz has severalresponsibilities that are crucial to the development of the Infiniti Indy. First, he ensures that the engine is running at its optimum performance,second he looks for warning signals for engine problems, and third hetracks the results of changes and new parts. All the reports and datacollected by Honsowetz during an on track session-be it a test or arace-are reviewed by the design team and new improvements are made for thenext time the Infiniti Indy goes on track.Team Cheever and Infinti Indy Develop the Engine of the Future-Since Indy500 winner Eddie Cheever Jr. announced his team's switch to Infiniti Indypower on April 6, the team has tested a total of seven days with its newpower plant before opening day for the Indy 500. Infiniti IndyMotorsports Manager Frank Honsowetz reports that the information fromthese test dates has created "an almost overwhelming amount ofimprovements to make to the engine, which is exactly what we want." Onceproven to make the engine faster and/or more reliable, an update is madeto every Infiniti Indy that goes on track. "The development plan we havewith Team Cheever greatly benefits all our teams," stated Honsowetz.
www infiniti com : Engine Builders: The Final Step Before the Race Track-Two engine builderscurrently prepare Infiniti Indy power plants for teams in the Pep BoysIndy Racing League, Ed Pink Racing Engines and Tom Hooker Engines.Manager of Infiniti Motorsports, Frank Honsowetz, describes therelationship between engine manufacturer and engine builders: "What we doat Infiniti is make and acquire all the parts. An engine builder is likea chef. We give them all the ingredients and the recipe-which is to saythe parts and a manual, with all the dimensions, clearances and assemblyprocedures. They do the rest of the work. Like world-renowned chefs,they start with all the same ingredients, but depending on how theyprepare the seasonings and how long they cook the food and at whattemperature, the final result may vary. The ultimate goal is to make theengines reliable and fast."Best Result for 1999: 3rd at Phoenix, Robbie Buhl, Purex/Dreyer&ReinboldDallaraBest Result for 1998: 4th at Texas in Sept., Roberto Guerrero, CBR CobbRacingBest Result for 1997: 2nd at Orlando, Mike Groff, Jonathan Byrd/CunninghamRacing
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