Long Beach: Cheever Racing race report

Long Beach, Calif. -- An early accident ended a solid run by Eddie Cheever Jr. and the No. 39 Cheever Racing Crown Royal Special Reserve Porsche on Saturday during the Crown Royal Grand American Challenge of Long Beach. Cheever started ninth...

Long Beach, Calif. -- An early accident ended a solid run by Eddie Cheever Jr. and the No. 39 Cheever Racing Crown Royal Special Reserve Porsche on Saturday during the Crown Royal Grand American Challenge of Long Beach.

Cheever started ninth and had moved to fifth by the 10th lap when the No. 8 car suddenly slowed and turned into Cheever's car. Cheever brought his car back to the pits, where the Cheever Racing crew repaired extensive left-front damage and got the car back on the track with driver Christian Fittipaldi.

"There is not a lot to say," Fittipaldi said. "Eddie was doing an excellent job. The car was running very solid at the beginning. We were waiting for the right time to make the driver change, refuel the car and continue the race. What the No. 8 car did was completely unacceptable. There have been very little times in my 25-year career I have seen that stupid a move."

The 24th-place finish was particularly damaging to the team's standing in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series. Cheever Racing came into the event as the leader in the Daytona Prototype team standings.

"Let's not even talk about what he caused damage-wise and point-wise for championship situations for various people," Fittipaldi said. "Everyone involved was very lucky that nothing seriously happened in this situation. This incident made me very upset about the outcome of the championship points."

The season resumes April 23 at Virginia International Raceway, the fifth of 15 races in 2006.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Eddie Cheever