INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 4, 2002) - Red Bull Cheever Racing will use the Chevy Indy V8, built by Menard Engine Group, in the 2003 Indy Racing League season, team owner and driver Eddie Cheever Jr. announced Dec. 4.
"This team has had some great battles with General Motors these past few years," Cheever said. "Next season we are starting a new battle in the IRL and this time I am pleased to be with American automaker Chevrolet."
"When we sat down to analyze the best fit for our team, everything pointed to Chevrolet," Cheever said. "The way they have structured their racing program allows teams to actively participate in the research and development. This is one of the founding principles of the IRL and one I believe will be vital to winning races and championships in the upcoming years."
In addition to using Menard Engine Group to build its engines, Red Bull Cheever Racing will use MCT-a new partnership between Eddie Cheever Jr. and John Menard-for engineering, strategy and development. The team expects to test the new Chevrolet engine in early January after the arrival of the 2003 Dallara chassis.
Heading into its seventh year of IRL competition, Red Bull Cheever Racing has confirmed it will field one car for American driver Buddy Rice. Rice will make the debut of the Red Bull Cheever Racing Chevrolet Dallara in the IRL season opener March 2 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
"I am excited about the team's choice to use the Chevrolet engine," Rice said. "I have always been a huge Chevy fan. I grew up with the brand, first with my dad's Chevys and now with my own. I already believe in their product and am proud to be representing Chevrolet in the IRL."
This announcement reunites Red Bull Cheever Racing with GM Racing. Three of the team's six IRL victories were with GM engines. They include Cheever's Indianapolis 500 victory in 1998 and victories in Orlando, Fla., in 1997 and 1999.
Red Bull Cheever Racing, based in Indianapolis, is the brainchild of 1998 Indy 500 champion Eddie Cheever Jr. A leader in American motorsports, the Indy Racing League team is built on Cheever's experience in Formula One, sports cars and open-wheel oval racing. Corporate and technical partnerships include the world's leading energy drink Red Bull, Lincoln Financial Group, Menards, Chevrolet, Dallara, and Firestone. For more information, visit www.cheeverindyracing.com.