IRL: Nazareth: Cheever Racing preview

Eddie Cheever Jr. on Nazareth Eddie Cheever Jr. has shown the strength of the Red Bull Cheever Racing program this season by leading in both the Phoenix and California races, and winning his first career pole position at California Speedway.

Eddie Cheever Jr. on Nazareth

Eddie Cheever Jr. has shown the strength of the Red Bull Cheever Racing program this season by leading in both the Phoenix and California races, and winning his first career pole position at California Speedway. But what he really wants to do is finish a race, and work his way up from his current 23rd in the point standings.

"A perfect weekend for Red Bull Cheever Racing would be to have both cars take the checkered flag at the end of the race. If we happen to be first, that's even better!"

"Nazareth Speedway is a great track. It's very busy. In many ways it reminds me of Richmond. In a flash you are right back to where you started. It is going to be a hard, hard race. The winner will be the one who doesn't get involved in accidents."

Tomas Scheckter on Nazareth

Tomas Scheckter prepares for his first race at Nazareth Speedway and his first opportunity to drive on the unique tri-oval. With testing "snowed" out earlier this month, the IRL rookie Scheckter will turn his first laps on the speedway during practice on Friday, April 19.

"I feel very good. I haven't tested at Nazareth, so I am not sure what to expect. Eddie drove there earlier this month and the team made some good headway. Unfortunately, it snowed the day I was going to drive. I think the Red Bull Cheever Racing crew learned enough that day to give me a good car and I can focus on learning the track, and trying to go quick."

Flashback: Cheever's history at Phoenix International Raceway

From 1990 to 1995, Eddie Cheever Jr. raced in seven Champ Car events at the one-mile Nazareth Speedway. He finished in the top-ten six times, including a best finish of fifth in 1995. His most notable race was in 1995 when he led 38 laps in an A.J. Foyt Enterprises car. He was leading with a lap and a half remaining when the car ran out of fuel.

"Have you ever gone crazy about all the single socks you have stored away in drawer at home?" says Cheever. "I have a lot of those, and this race is one of them. Winning at Nazareth would be like finding one of those lost socks."

U.S. Army National Guard to assist with Cheever'S race day pit stops

SGT Joseph Meszaros, of Warminster, Pa. and SPC Steven Gropp, of Hatfield, Pa will join the Red Bull Cheever Racing crew on Sunday to assist with Eddie Cheever Jr.'s pit stops during the IRL race at Nazareth Speedway. Meszaros and Gropp were invited as part of a promotion by the team to thank the men and women serving in the armed forces.

Red Bull Cheever Racing will invite members of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines to be a part of the crew at each Indy Racing League event leading up to the Indianapolis 500. Cheever was the last American driver to win the Indianapolis 500, and hopes to bring the title back to an American champion in 2002.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Eddie Cheever , A.J. Foyt
Teams A.J. Foyt Enterprises