IRL: Cheever Indy Racing notes and quotes 2001-04-24

CHEEVER FIFTH, GOODYEAR NINTH AT IROC TALLADEGA 1998 Indianapolis 500 Champion Eddie Cheever Jr. finished fifth and his Cheever Indy Racing teammate Scott Goodyear claimed ninth place at the second round of 2001 True Value IROC Series competition...

CHEEVER FIFTH, GOODYEAR NINTH AT IROC TALLADEGA
1998 Indianapolis 500 Champion Eddie Cheever Jr. finished fifth and his Cheever Indy Racing teammate Scott Goodyear claimed ninth place at the second round of 2001 True Value IROC Series competition at Talladega Superspeedway on April 21.

The performance marked Cheever's second top-five IROC result in as many races: he finished third at the season opening event at Daytona in February.

The second round of 2001 True Value IROC Series competition will be broadcast on ABC on Saturday, May 26 at 5:00pm ET.

Eddie Cheever Jr. (on the race):
"I was definitely more passive than I had been in a long time in an IROC race, and I paid the price for it. I got knocked out of the lead, and into the lead, and out of the lead. It was a great race - really busy. It was very fun, very tough racing. I think it was the most angry, aggressive group of racing drivers I have ever competed against. I got hit at least 50 times during that race. There was some pretty crazy stuff going on.

I was very lucky in the end that I finished fifth, because going into the final corner I was dead last. Fortunately the field opened up like a flower in front of me and I hooked on the outside with Ricky Rudd. The funny thing was that Rudd was the guy who was complaining about me in Daytona, and there he was waving to me telling me to draft with him for the last few hundred yards. The racing gods have a very funny way of making people work together even if they don't want to. If I had not helped him, he would have been eighth and I would have been ninth. Instead, I helped him, and he was fourth and I was fifth."

Scott Goodyear (on his first race at Talladega):
"I had a good time. I learned a lot, and I was much more comfortable and relaxed in the car. I felt like I was competitive this time. The first race, you're learning a lot and you're not sure about what's happening out there. It's the first time with all of those guys, so it's an opportunity to see what they have and what they're doing. At Talladega, I felt like I could go out there and push people around, make holes for myself and be aggressive, whereas I was probably a little bit on the defensive at Daytona. I'm looking forward to Michigan."

CHEEVER TURNS FIRST TEST LAPS AT RICHMOND
#51 Excite@Home driver Eddie Cheever Jr. logged 251 laps in his first test at Richmond International Raceway on April 20, posting a fast lap of 16.94 seconds on the.75-mile Virginia oval in preparation for the seventh round of the 2001 Indy Racing Northern Light Series championship on June 30.

"We had an excellent test and ran a lot of miles," noted team manager Dick Caron. "Richmond is a very challenging track because it's so short. It's going to be very busy out there on raceday. It was difficult for us to fit the test into Eddie's schedule [Cheever tested at Indianapolis, Talladega, and Richmond before competing in the IROC event at Talladega last week] but we're glad we went."

Primary Sponsorship of the #51 Indy Car comes from Excite@Home. The company is based in Redwood City, California, at the heart of Silicon Valley. Associate sponsors of Cheever Indy Racing include Infiniti, Firestone, Menards, Bosch, Pennzoil, Streaming Media Corporation, and Eviciti.

Excite@Home is the leader in broadband, offering residential and commercial services, with a global footprint of 74 million homes under long-term contract. Excite@Home offers consumers residential broadband services and businesses high-speed commercial services. Excite@Home has over 14 million cable franchise homes under contract outside of North America and localized versions of the Excite service in 15 leading international markets.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Scott Goodyear