IRL: Homestead-Miami: Cheever Racing preview

Red Bull Cheever Racing 20th Anniversary Grand Prix of Miami Race 1 of 15, Indy Racing League Championship Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, Fla. Eddie Cheever Jr. on Miami "I love going to Miami because it reminds me of my Formula One days...

Red Bull Cheever Racing
20th Anniversary Grand Prix of Miami
Race 1 of 15, Indy Racing League Championship
Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, Fla.

Eddie Cheever Jr. on Miami
"I love going to Miami because it reminds me of my Formula One days in Brazil. You spend your days at the race track and then have fun at night. The track is very difficult because there is no banking and the wind is a major factor in determining the setup."

Red Bull Cheever Racing: Bigger and Brighter at Miami
Red Bull Cheever Racing heads to the 20th Anniversary Grand Prix of Miami with a crew more than double the size of last year's team. Cheever says, "We spend more on salaries now than we did on our entire budget the year we won the Indianapolis 500."

Richard Caron has been promoted to General Manager, while Paul Burgess joins the team as Technical Director. Owen Snyder III continues as the chief mechanic of the No. 51 car, and David Meehan joins the team as the chief mechanic of the No. 52 car.

Red Bull, the world's leading energy drink, comes on board for 2002 and with them a vibrant new paint scheme for the No. 51 and 52 cars and team transporters.

"I am very proud of what our team has done this winter preparing for the 2002 Indy Racing League championship," said Cheever. "The new look of the Red Bull car is very sexy. It has been a lot of fun working with Red Bull this winter, and we look forward to introducing them to American-style open-wheel racing. Come by the transporter and try a Red Bull, they are not kidding when they say it revitalizes the body and mind!"

Who's Driving the No. 52 Car?
Stay tuned! Red Bull Cheever Racing will field two cars for the entire 2002 Indy Racing series, including the Grand Prix of Miami. The driver of the second car will be announced before Thursday, Feb. 28.

U.S. Navy to Assist with Cheever's Race Day Pit Stops
U.S. Navy officer Ernest Wynn, of West Palm Beach, Fla. will join the Red Bull Cheever Racing crew on Sunday to assist with Eddie Cheever's pit stops during the Grand Prix of Miami. Wynn was invited as part of a promotion by the team to thank the men and women serving in the armed forces.

Red Bull Cheever Racing will invite members of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines to be a part of the crew at each Indy Racing League event leading up to the Indianapolis 500. Cheever recently had first-hand experience with the U.S. Navy during an overnight visit to the USS George Washington aircraft carrier.

Cheever was the last American driver to win the Indianapolis 500, and hopes to bring the title back to an American champion in 2002.

Red Bull Cheever Racing on the Web at www.cheeverindyracing.com
The official web site of Red Bull Cheever Racing recently launched with an all-new look, and updated features and information. Old favorites such as the message boards, news sections, and photo gallery have been revamped and made more user-friendly. While several new features have been added including an interactive trivia game, and a fan zone with special team offers and inside information. Check it out at www.cheeverindyracing.com.

Flashback: 2001 Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami
In the second race for the Infiniti Indy 35A engine, Eddie Cheever started 16th and finished ninth in the 2001 Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami.

"Last year's race was the first time we finished in the top ten with the Infiniti Indy 35A engine which was very new at that time," Cheever said. "We have made a tremendous amount of progress on the engine since then with a new electronics package, and several modifications to help with reliability."

Race Information
The 20th Anniversary of the Grand Prix of Miami starts at 1 p.m. (EST) March 2. The race will be broadcast live on ABC and by the Indy Racing Radio Network. Practice takes place on Feb. 28, and practice and qualifying is scheduled for March 1. Live timing and scoring of all on-track activity can be found on www.indyracing.com.

Red Bull Cheever Racing, based in Indianapolis, is the brainchild of 1998 Indy 500 champion Eddie Cheever Jr. A leader in American motorsports, the Indy Racing League team is built on Cheever's experience in Formula One, sports cars and open-wheel oval racing. Corporate and technical partnerships with the world's leading energy drink Red Bull, Nissan North America's Infiniti Division, TWR Group, and Lincoln Financial Group greatly enhance the team's resources and technology. For more information, visit www.cheeverindyracing.com.

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