Cheever Racing to field two cars at Daytona

Cheever Racing to Enter Second Car at Rolex 24 at Daytona -Stefan Johansson Joins Tommy Erdos, Mike Newton and Warren Hughes to Drive- Indianapolis, Ind. (January 4, 2006) Cheever Racing will field a second Daytona Prototype entry at the Rolex...

Cheever Racing to Enter Second Car at Rolex 24 at Daytona
-Stefan Johansson Joins Tommy Erdos, Mike Newton and Warren Hughes to Drive-

Indianapolis, Ind. (January 4, 2006) Cheever Racing will field a second Daytona Prototype entry at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, announced team owner Eddie Cheever Jr. today.

The No. 51 Cheever Racing NetVu Video Lexus Crawford will be driven by Stefan Johansson, Tommy Erdos, Mike Newton and Warren Hughes.

As winner of the 1997 24 Hours of Le Mans, and five-time competitor at the Rolex 24, with best finishes of third in 1999 and fourth in 2005, Swede Stefan Johannson brings a wealth of experience to the team.

"I am excited to join Cheever Racing for the 2006 Daytona 24 hour race, not only because it is a well run and professional team but also because of my long friendship with Eddie," said Johannson, who competed against Eddie Cheever Jr. in both Formula One and Champ Car racing.

"Eddie and I have known and raced against each other since the early eighties. The race will no doubt be one of the most competitive in history, with a huge grid and even more great drivers and teams than last year. I really look forward to the challenge and believe we have a good chance of getting the job done," Johansson continued.

Johansson teams with the trio of drivers that won the LMP2 class of the 2005 Le Mans: Brazilian Tommy Erdos and Englishmen Mike Newton and Warren Hughes.

"This second car will greatly enhance our chance of success at Daytona," Eddie Cheever Jr. said. "Stefan is a longtime friend and the fans better be watching if we have the opportunity to go head-to-head with each other on the track! The France family has done a tremendous job of building the excitement for this race. It is going to be an exciting event."

The drivers of the No. 51 car will join Eddie Cheever Jr., Christian Fittipaldi and Patrick Carpentier, drivers of the No. 39 Cheever Racing Lexus Crawford, at the Daytona test days Jan. 5-7.

The 44th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, North America's premier endurance event, is Jan. 26-29 at Daytona International Raceway.

Based in Indianapolis, Cheever Racing opened its doors in 1997 to race in the IRL IndyCar Series. The team went on to win the 1998 Indianapolis 500. A leader in American motorsports, the team is built on owner Eddie Cheever Jr.'s 30-plus years of experience in Formula One, sports cars and open-wheel racing.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Stefan Johansson , Eddie Cheever , Patrick Carpentier , Warren Hughes , Mike Newton