IRL: Cheever Racing hires Henri Durand as Technical Director

Indianapolis, IN (October 19, 2004) -- Red Bull Cheever Racing announces the hiring of Henri Durand as Technical Director, responsible for leading the team's engineering, research and development efforts in the IRL IndyCar Series. "The Formula...

Indianapolis, IN (October 19, 2004) -- Red Bull Cheever Racing announces the hiring of Henri Durand as Technical Director, responsible for leading the team's engineering, research and development efforts in the IRL IndyCar Series.

"The Formula One experience Henri brings to this team will help us get where we want to be--winner's circle," said Eddie Cheever Jr., owner, Red Bull Cheever Racing.

Technical partner Mecachrome, which contributes engineering expertise to Red Bull Cheever Racing, makes Durand's appointment as Technical Director possible.

"Henri's experience in chassis and aerodynamic development represents an invaluable addition to the team," said Guillaume Casella, president, Mecachrome USA.

Durand joins Red Bull Cheever Racing as the team prepares for an off-season of testing and planning for the 2005 IndyCar Series championship.

"The challenge Eddie and his partners are putting together is very exciting," said Durand. "It has a clear and realistic strategy to turn Red Bull Cheever Racing into a regular winner. I am glad I was given the opportunity to be part of this team."

Durand's extensive technical background includes more than 20 years of experience in Formula One. He worked as Senior Aerodynamicist, then Head of Aerodynamics at Ferrari before spending a decade with McLaren as Chief Engineer of Aerodynamics. While at McLaren, he created the Aerodynamics Department and Vehicle Dynamics Department in addition to his responsibility as project manager for McLaren's Advanced Aerodynamic Wind Tunnel.

In 2001, Durand was Technical Director for Prost Grand Prix, followed by a move to Jordan Grand Prix where he served as Director of Design and Development until 2003.

Born in Mazamet, France, Durand is fluent in French, English and Italian and has been a UK citizen since 1990. He enjoys family life with his wife and son, sailing, traveling, historic racing cars and modern design.

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Series IndyCar
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