"We changed the name of our team to highlight our strong commitment to the Indy Racing League," explained Cheever, who enters this weekend's season-opening event at Phoenix International Raceway as one of the favorites for the 2001 Northern Light...
"We changed the name of our team to highlight our strong commitment to the Indy Racing League," explained Cheever, who enters this weekend's season-opening event at Phoenix International Raceway as one of the favorites for the 2001 Northern Light Series title.
Cheever became the Indy Racing League's first owner/driver in 1997, and went on to score Team Cheever's maiden victory at Walt Disney World Speedway that same year. Cheever also recorded five top-five finishes (in eight starts), finished third overall in the Indy Racing championship, and helped guide teammate Jeff Ward to Rookie of the Year honors.
In 1998, Cheever joined forces with partner Clyde Perlee, and became the first owner/driver to win the Indianapolis 500 since A.J. Foyt claimed victory in 1977. Rookie teammate Robby Unser notched three top-10 finishes in eight races, including a fifth place finish at the Indy 500.
In 1999, Cheever charged to victory in the season opener at Walt Disney World Speedway. In April, immediately prior to defending his Indianapolis 500 title, he made the unusual decision to change engines mid-season, moving from the Oldsmobile to the Infiniti Indy engine program.
Cheever's gamble paid off the following season, as he captured the first victory for the #51 Excite@Home Indy Race Team and the Infiniti Indy engine program at Pikes Peak (CO) in June 2000.
The 1998 Indianapolis 500 Champion and his #51 Excite@Home team finished in the top-11 in eight of nine 2000 Indy Racing events and earned five top-five finishes. Cheever also led six of the nine rounds of 2000 competition. He claimed fifth place in the 84th running of the Indianapolis 500, and finished third overall in the 2000 Indy Racing championship.
While the 2001 Indy Racing season brings a name change from Team Cheever to Cheever Indy Racing, the organization's winning focus remains the same.
"Our goals for 2001 and beyond are ambitious, but with the support of Excite@Home and Infiniti we are taking our program to the next level," affirms Cheever, now in his fifth year as owner/driver. "We won't be satisfied unless we win another Indianapolis 500 and the Northern Light Cup."
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