IRL: Eddie Cheever's "Drive For Children"

1998 Indy 500 Winner and Orlando Resident, Eddie Cheever, Jr., and friends teams up to raise money for Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children & Women Orlando, Florida -- 1998 Indy 500 and two-time Indy 200 at Walt Disney World winner, Eddie...

1998 Indy 500 Winner and Orlando Resident, Eddie Cheever, Jr., and friends teams up to raise money for Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children & Women

Orlando, Florida -- 1998 Indy 500 and two-time Indy 200 at Walt Disney World winner, Eddie Cheever, Jr., has teamed up with several other well known sports celebrities to host the "Eddie Cheever & Friends Drive For the Children" golf tournament on Monday, January 24th at Isleworth Country Club. The tournament, which is now in its fourth year, will benefit the expansion of Children's Heart Center at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children & Women and has already raised at least $60,000 in donations.

"After I won the Indy 500 in 1998, I made the decision to move to Orlando not only because of the sunny weather and great golf, but also because it is a wonderful place to bring up a family. Everyone has so friendly since my arrival three years ago and I wanted to find a way to give back to a community that has embraced me so warmly," said the Lake Nona resident, who had two days named in his honor in 1999 (April 26th by the City of Orlando and April 27th by the State of Florida).

"When the folks at Arnold Palmer Hospital approached me about the tournament, I was delighted to be given the opportunity to in some small way lend a hand to children in need," continued the father of two children, Estelle, age 10, and Eddie, age 6. "In racing, having state of the art equipment and an expert team under you makes the difference in your performance on the track. My goal is to help the hospital raise the funds that they need for much needed equipment, expanded facilities and medical staff in order to provide optimal care for these critically ill infants and children.

Cheever will be joined by several other celebrity guests including preeminent Golf Guru, David Leadbetter, San Diego Charger and Pennzoil-Panther Racing co-owner, Jim Harbaugh, Indy Racing League's Davey Hamilton, LPGA star, Pearl Sinn and The Golf Channel's own, Brian Hammons.

"I really appreciate all these folks taking time out of their busy schedule for the kids," said Cheever, who is looking to become the first ever three-time winner of the Delphi Indy 200 event next Saturday. "Each one of our special guests has the same goal in mind on Monday and that is to celebrate a child's life through giving."

With $60,000 in contributions already committed, the tournament is well ahead of last year's goal of $40,000. This year, it has the added potential of raising additional monies through a special Delphi Indy 200 ticket offer through promoters at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. From now until the green flag drops on the Delphi Indy 200 at Walt Disney World Speedway at noon on Saturday, January 29th, friends of the Arnold Palmer Hospital can call 1-800-822-INDY, give the phrase "Eddie Cheever's #51 Drives for Children", and purchase tickets to the race event knowing that 50% of their purchase will benefit the hospital.

"Tony George and his Indy staff have been involved with this tournament in numerous ways over the years, but I am especially thrilled with this program," said the Indy Racing League owner/driver, whose #51 Infiniti Indy car will be sporting an Arnold Palmer Hospital decal during the race weekend. "Additionally, Infiniti Division and Infiniti of Orlando have jumped on board by hosting the Hole In One contest with a brand new Q45t as the Grand Prize. It really should be a special day for all involved!"

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Tony George
Teams Panther Racing