IRL: Cheever Racing announces 2005 drivers, engine

Red Bull Cheever Racing Partners with Toyota in IndyCar Series --Barron, Carpentier to Drive-- Indianapolis, IN (November 11, 2004) Red Bull Cheever Racing announced today a partnership with Toyota Motor Sales, USA to use the Toyota engine for...

Red Bull Cheever Racing Partners with Toyota in IndyCar Series
--Barron, Carpentier to Drive--

Indianapolis, IN (November 11, 2004) Red Bull Cheever Racing announced today a partnership with Toyota Motor Sales, USA to use the Toyota engine for the IRL Indy Car Series beginning in 2005.

"We have one mission at this team, to win races," team owner Eddie Cheever Jr. said. "This partnership with Toyota is vital to achieving our goals to win races and the championship."

Red Bull Cheever Racing will field the No. 51 and 83 Toyota-powered Dallara cars next season with primary sponsorship from Red Bull.

Alex Barron, winner of two career IndyCar events, will return for his second full season with Red Bull Cheever Racing. He will partner with the team's newest addition, former CART standout Patrick Carpentier, who holds an impressive five victories in his high-speed career. In addition, both drivers have won the coveted Toyota Atlantic Championship title.

"Our driver lineup for 2005 is outstanding," said managing director Max Jones. "Both drivers are veterans with years of success under their belts in both oval and road course racing. Their combined knowledge is a breeding ground for a championship winning year."

The announcement ends a multi-year partnership with General Motors, where Red Bull Cheever Racing earned the manufacturer its best championship results in 2004, and its best Indianapolis 500 results in 1998, 2003 and 2004.

"We are proud of our history with General Motors," Cheever said. "They powered Cheever Racing to our 1998 Indy 500 win and many other great moments. While we have both chosen to pursue different plans, I wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors."

Red Bull Cheever Racing, based in Indianapolis, is the brainchild of 1998 Indy 500 champion Eddie Cheever. A leader in American motorsports, the IRL IndyCar Series team is built on Cheever's experience in Formula One, sports cars and open-wheel oval racing. Corporate, technical and research and development partnerships include the world's leading energy drink Red Bull, Toyota, Dallara, Firestone and Mecachrome.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Barron