Infiniti kicks off its sixth season in the Indy Racing League in 2002 at the 20th anniversary Grand Prix of Miami. For round 1 of the 15 race series Infiniti starts with a strong contingent of drivers including 1998 Indy 500 champion Eddie Cheever Jr., Robbie Buhl, rookie Frenchman Laurent Redon, and an as yet unconfirmed second driver at Red Bull Cheever Racing.

Since its debut in Spring 2001 the Infiniti Indy 35A has been through a complete design review. During the off-season development of the engine focused on a new electronics package and durability of core engine components. As a result, new updates will be provided for Infiniti teams this season that will further reduce the engine's centre of gravity, make the engine a stronger stress member of the chassis, and significantly enhance horsepower and reliability.

Eddie Cheever Jr. on the Grand Prix of Miami: "Homestead-Miami Speedway is very difficult because there is no banking and the wind is a major factor in determining the setup. Last year's race was the first time we finished in the top ten (ninth) with the Infiniti Indy 35A engine which was very new at that time. We have made a tremendous amount of progress on the engine since then with a new electronics package, and several modifications to help with reliability."

Previously at Miami Eddie Cheever Jr has started 16 and finished 9 in 2001. Infiniti has won two victories in the Indy Racing League both with driver Eddie Cheever Jr. at Pikes Peak International Raceway in 2000 and Kansas Speedway in 2001. The best qualifying result for Infiniti is second place, scored by Robbie Buhl at Pikes Peak International Raceway in 2000, and Eddie Cheever at Kansas Speeedway and Chicagoland in 2001.

 

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