Fittipaldi Returns to Cheever Racing Grand-Am Program for 2008 July 28, 2008 -- The 2004 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona Champion, Christian Fittipaldi, returns to Cheever Racing to co-drive the Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Pontiac-powered Coyote...
Fittipaldi Returns to Cheever Racing Grand-Am Program for 2008
July 28, 2008 -- The 2004 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona Champion, Christian Fittipaldi, returns to Cheever Racing to co-drive the Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Pontiac-powered Coyote Daytona Prototype for the remainder of the 2008 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series season. Fittipaldi drove for the Cheever Racing Grand-Am program in 2006, and 2007 (participating in eight top-ten finishes) but did not return this season to pursue other driving opportunities.
"It's rare that a driver of Christian's caliber becomes available mid-season," said Team Manager Dave Meehan. "Although Tom Kimber-Smith has done a fine job, in the best interest of the team, we felt that a driver with more experience in our series could deliver the best results for the Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Race Team."
Fittipaldi said about his return: "I am happy to be back with Cheever Racing and the Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Race Team, and especially look forward to driving again with Antonio (Garcia). We get along very well and I admire his skill as a driver. This combination has great potential"
Fittipaldi joins recent 24 Hour of Lemans winner Antonio Garcia as the team prepares for back-to-back races in Montreal and Watkins Glen. The pair last drove together at last year's Montreal and Watkins Glen II races delivering the best results of the year for Cheever Racing (a fourth at Montreal and seventh at Watkins Glen.)
"It is good to have Christian back on the Crown Royal Cask No. 16 team," said Garcia. "At the end of last year, he was the one introducing me to the Grand-Am style of road course racing and the ins-and-outs of Cheever Racing. I'll always thank him for that and look forward to his return."