Cheever Racing enters series in 2006

Cheever Racing to Compete in 2006 Rolex Series --Cheever, Fittipaldi to Drive Lexus Crawford Entry-- Indianapolis, Ind. (Dec. 2, 2005) Cheever Racing will enter a team in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal ...

Cheever Racing to Compete in 2006 Rolex Series

--Cheever, Fittipaldi to Drive Lexus Crawford Entry--

Indianapolis, Ind. (Dec. 2, 2005) Cheever Racing will enter a team in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve, battling for the 2006 Daytona Prototype championship and a Rolex 24 at Daytona victory, announced team owner Eddie Cheever Jr. today.

1998 Indianapolis 500 winner Cheever will drive at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, along with 2004 Rolex 24 at Daytona overall winner Christian Fittipaldi and a third driver, to be announced. Continuing a relationship with Toyota, that began with the 2005 IndyCar Series season, Cheever Racing will compete with a Lexus-powered Crawford entry.

"As a team owner the Rolex Series rules package is comforting," Eddie Cheever Jr. said. "I appreciate the focus on opening the series to a number of manufacturers and emphasizing controlled costs. For three years, I have been talking with Jim France about this series. I am pleased we are finally ready to go."

The Rolex 24 at Daytona will mark Cheever's return to driving after a three-year hiatus, with the exception of his eighth place run at the Grand Prix Masters event in Kyalami, South Africa in November. Most notably, it's a return to sports car style racing where Cheever enjoyed success in the late eighties (1986 to 1988) winning 10 races for Jaguar in the World Sportscar Championship.

Brazilian driver Christian Fittipaldi joins Cheever Racing to drive in all 14 races of the 2006 Rolex Series. His victory at the 2004 Rolex 24 at Daytona is a key factor in the team's decision to hire him, along with his successful and diverse career which includes Formula One, Champ Car and NASCAR experience.

"I am looking forward to running the full Rolex Series season this time around," Christian Fittipaldi said. "With Cheever Racing, Lexus and Crawford I am confident we will be a serious contender at Daytona and for the Championship."

The 2006 Rolex Series kicks off January 26-29 at Daytona International Raceway for the 44th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, North America's premier endurance race.

"As an American racing company we are very aware of three major U. S. motorsports events that happen every year: The Indianapolis 500, Rolex 24 at Daytona and Daytona 500. Participation in two out of three of these events is not bad. It is a challenge everyone in our company is embracing. We are going to Daytona with the goal to bring home a trophy to sit next to the one we have from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway."

Before heading to Daytona, Cheever Racing will participate in the two-day Hoosier Tire test at Homestead-Miami Speedway December 5-6.

Based in Indianapolis, Cheever Racing opened its doors in 1997 to race in the IRL IndyCar Series. The team went on to win the 1998 Indianapolis 500. A leader in American motorsports, the team is built on owner Eddie Cheever Jr.'s 30-plus years of experience in Formula One, sports cars and open-wheel racing.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Christian Fittipaldi