IRL: Eddie Cheever in high gear at Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs, CO - Fresh from a thrilling IROC victory at Michigan last Saturday and an equally exciting race to ninth place at the Casino Magic 500 at Texas on Sunday, ...

Colorado Springs, CO - Fresh from a thrilling IROC victory at Michigan last Saturday and an equally exciting race to ninth place at the Casino Magic 500 at Texas on Sunday, #51 Excite@Home driver Eddie Cheever Jr. arrives in Colorado intent on claiming his first win of the 2000 Indy Racing Northern Light Series at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Cheever enters the Radisson Indy 200 placed third overall in the Indy Racing standings with 126 points, behind Scott Goodyear (142 points) and Buddy Lazier (164 points).

"The Pikes Peak event is crucial to the championship," notes Cheever, who has been in contention for the win at every race this season. "Not only does the #51 Excite@Home team need to come out of here with a lot of points, but we need to win. As always, the key here at Pikes Peak is how your car acts in traffic. The track is also very wide and the Indy cars can run two abreast, which is pretty rare and makes for some incredibly intense racing."

Former Aspen resident Cheever counts the 1-mile Pikes Peak oval as one of his favorite circuits. "PPIR is a great place for the Indy Racing series to run," explains Cheever. "Not only is every seat perfect, because you can see all the way around, but Colorado is also one of the most beautiful places in the world. I used to live here and I love coming back to Colorado. The quality of the air is just phenomenal. I wake up in the morning and think that Colorado must be the 'air factory' for the entire United States."

Cheever's challenge for the win at this weekend's sixth round of the 2000 Indy Racing Northern Light Series will be supported by over 200 employees from Westminster, Colorado-based MatchLogic Inc., who will attend Sunday's Radisson Indy 200. MatchLogic is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Excite@Home (NASDAQ: ATHM), the primary sponsor of the #51 Excite@Home Indy Race Team.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Buddy Lazier , Scott Goodyear