WHO: LAKE NONA RESIDENT AND INDY WINNER EDDIE CHEEVER, JR. WHAT: THE CITY PROCLAIMS APRIL 26, 1998 EDDIE CHEEVER DAY IN ORLANDO WHEN: APRIL 26, 1999 CITY COUNCIL MEETING AT 2:00 P.M. WHERE: CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 2ND...
WHO: LAKE NONA RESIDENT AND INDY WINNER EDDIE CHEEVER, JR. WHAT: THE CITY PROCLAIMS APRIL 26, 1998 EDDIE CHEEVER DAY IN ORLANDO WHEN: APRIL 26, 1999 CITY COUNCIL MEETING AT 2:00 P.M. WHERE: CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 2ND FLOOR, CITY HALL
In an ongoing effort to celebrate the many talented individuals that reside in the City of Orlando, Mayor Glenda E. Hood will recognize Lake Nona resident Eddie Cheever, Jr. at Monday's City Council meeting by proclaiming April 26 "Eddie Cheever Day" in Orlando. Cheever will come to the ceremony with last years Indy 500 pace car - which will be on display at City Hall.
Cheever is one of the most experienced drivers in racing today. He joined the Indy circuit in 1990, winning Rookie of the Year honors in the Indianapolis 500 and qualifying for a front-row starting position in the 1992 event. In addition to winning the 1998 Indianapolis 500, he also has won the 1997 and 1999 Indy 200 at the Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando. He is one of the few owner/drivers in the Indy circuit.
Although born in the United States, Cheever grew up in Italy. He drove in his first race at 13 and became the Italian and European go-kart champion. At 19 Cheever joined the Ferrari racing team as a test driver. Cheever advanced through the Formula Series driving Formula One from 1978 to 1989. He has driven more Grand Prix races than any other American (132 starts), including Mario Andretti and Dan Gurney.
Sports, entertainment and tourism are important and interrelated sectors of metro Orlando's economy. Orlando is the home of many international sports and entertainment stars that help bring recognition to their hometown. Moreover, metro Orlando is the third largest entertainment industry in the nation after New York and Los Angeles. And it is the number one tourist destination in the world.
The City's recognition of Eddie Cheever, Jr. is part of a series of ongoing opportunities that Mayor Hood and the Orlando City Council take to honor international leaders and role models in our community.