Tomas Enge driving for Cheever Racing at Motegi
Indianapolis -- Tomas Enge has been hired to drive the Cheever Racing entry next weekend in the IRL IndyCar Series race at Twin Ring Motegi.
Eddie Cheever Jr. will miss the Motegi race to compete with his Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series team at Virginia International Raceway. He will return to the No. 51 Cheever Racing Honda/Dallara when teams begin preparation May 9 for the 90th running of the Indy 500.
Enge, a 29-year-old from the Czech Republic, is a former Formula One driver who competed in the IndyCar Series in 2004 and 2005. Last year, Enge finished 16th in the final standings with one top-five finish and four top-10 finishes.
His best finish in '05 was fifth at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. He started on the front row at Texas Motor Speedway and started third at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He also competed in two IndyCar Series races in 2004 for Patrick Racing.
Enge has an extensive racing resume, including three Formula One starts in 2001 with Prost. Among his F1 races was a 14th-place finish in the U.S Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Enge also served as an F1 test driver for Jordan in 2000.
He also won the GTS class in the 24 Hours of LeMans in 2003 and won the German Formula Ford championship in 1996.