IRL: Eddie Cheever to drive #51 through Atlanta on Wednesday

Current Indy Racing Northern Light Series points leader and 1998 Indianapolis 500 Champion Eddie Cheever Jr. will pilot his ...

Current Indy Racing Northern Light Series points leader and 1998 Indianapolis 500 Champion Eddie Cheever Jr. will pilot his #51 Excite@Home Indy Race Car along one of the busiest streets in downtown Atlanta, Peachtree Street, on Wednesday, July 12. The drive, which kicks off festivities surrounding the Midas 500 Classic scheduled for July 15 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, will start at 10:00am at Woodruff Park and finish at Lenox Square.

Cheever captured the first victory for the #51 Excite@Home Indy Race Team, the first win for the Infiniti Indy engine, and his first win of the 2000 season at the most recent round of the Indy Racing Northern Light Series at Pikes Peak (CO) in June. The landmark victory came just one week after Cheever claimed his first IROC victory at Michigan Speedway, defeating NASCAR superstars including Dale Earnhardt, Rusty Wallace, and Jeff Gordon.

Cheever's victory at Pikes Peak - his fourth career Indy Racing win - propelled the #51 Excite@Home driver into first place in the 2000 Indy Racing Northern Light Series championship with 176 points, ahead of Buddy Lazier with 168 points. Cheever, who has finished in the top ten in five of six Indy Racing events this season, has also led four of the six rounds of 2000 competition.

WHO: Current Indy Racing Northern Light Series championship leader and 1998 Indianapolis 500 Champion Eddie Cheever Jr.

WHAT: Drive down Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta in the #51 Excite@Home Indy Race Car.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 12 at 10:00am.

WHERE: Drive will start at Woodruff Park on Peachtree Street and finish at Lenox Square.

WHY: Preview of seventh round of 2000 Indy Racing Northern Light Series, the Midas 500 Classic at Atlanta Motor Speedway on July 15.

Cheever will sign autographs at Lenox Park following the drive.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Rusty Wallace , Eddie Cheever