IRL: Cheever, Hornish to visit USS George Washington

Drivers to spend 24 hours on ship visiting with crew INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002 - 1998 Indianapolis 500 winner Eddie Cheever Jr. and 2001 Indy Racing League champion Sam Hornish Jr. will be special guests aboard the USS George...

Drivers to spend 24 hours on ship visiting with crew

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002 - 1998 Indianapolis 500 winner Eddie Cheever Jr. and 2001 Indy Racing League champion Sam Hornish Jr. will be special guests aboard the USS George Washington nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 30-31.

The USS George Washington is part of the Commander Naval Air Force U.S. Atlantic Fleet, out of Norfolk, Va., and is in final preparations for deployment off the coast of North Carolina and Virginia. The ship's commanding officer is Captain William J. McCarthy, a native of Teaneck, N.J.

Cheever and Hornish will depart Norfolk and land on the ship Wednesday and tour it for 24 hours. After observing flight operations and meeting with some of the more than 6,000 Navy personnel on board, the drivers' small military plane will be launched from the deck and return to Norfolk on Thursday.

Commissioned July 4, 1992, the 97,000-ton USS George Washington is powered by two nuclear reactors. The ship is 1,094 feet long, 257 feet wide and has a height equal to a 24-story building. Between the flight deck and hangar bay, it can hold up to 80 aircraft at one time.

The visit to the USS George Washington will highlight a busy final week for Cheever and Hornish before each participate in the Test in the West, Feb. 5-9. The test is the first official event of the Indy Racing League season.

On Sunday, Jan. 27, Hornish was honored by the Hoosier Auto Racing Fan Club for winning the 2001 Indy Racing League championship. After his naval visit, he participates in IROC testing at Daytona International Speedway before heading to California Speedway for the Test in the West.

Cheever is playing host to three members of the New York City Fire Department, Station 57, on Jan. 29 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The firemen are on a "thank you" tour across Indiana for the state's support after the September terrorist attacks. On Friday, Feb. 1, Cheever will announce his new teammate and unveil the new Cheever Indy Racing cars for the 2002 season.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Sam Hornish Jr.