IRL: Indy500: Eddie Cheever Gears Up for Second Indy Win

Eddie Cheever Jr. - ...

Eddie Cheever Jr. - #51 Excite@Home Indy Race Car
84th Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indy Racing Northern Light Series - Round 4 of 9
Thursday, May 25, 2000 - Notes and Quotes

Carburetion Day: 2nd 41.3016 seconds 217.909mph

CHEEVER GEARS UP FOR RUN AT SECOND INDY 500 WIN IN THREE YEARS

Indianapolis, IN - #51 Excite@Home driver Eddie Cheever Jr. posted the second fastest time of the final practice session for the 84th running of the Indianapolis 500. Cheever, the 1998 Indy 500 Champion, lapped the 2.5-mile Brickyard in 41.3016 seconds for a top speed of 217.909mph. With no track activity scheduled for the next two days, Cheever will participate in the CARA fashion show tomorrow, as well as the 500 Festival parade on Saturday. Cheever will grid tenth for the race, which is scheduled for 11:00am Central time on Sunday, May 28.

Cheever (on Carburetion Day): "This day is more for the fans in the stands than it is for the drivers. If you haven't got your race set-up yet, I doubt like hell that you will find it on Carburetion Day. We ran a few laps with our race engine, did all of the usual checks, and the #51 Excite@Home Infiniti feels good. Obviously, it's better to be second than second from last today, but it's going to be a long 500 miles on Sunday.

Every year over 50 drivers try to qualify for the 33 starting spots available for the Indy 500, and now that we've qualified, we have our lottery ticket. Now it's up to the #51 Excite@Home team, including myself, to execute a winning 500 mile run."

CHAT WITH EDDIE CHEEVER JR. TONIGHT AT 8:00PM CT AT HTTP://SPORTS.EXCITE.COM:

Racing fans worldwide will be able to chat live with 1998 Indianapolis 500 Champion Eddie Cheever Jr. tonight at 8:00pm CT at http://sports.excite.com. Two-time Indy winner Arie Luyendyk will host the text chat, which will last one hour. For all the latest information on the #51 Excite@Home Indy Race Team, including daily diaries, virtual tours, chats, and live telemetry and a post-race webcast on May 28, visit http://sports.excite.com.

Primary Sponsorship of the #51 Indy Car comes from Excite@Home. The company is based in Redwood City, California, at the heart of Silicon Valley. Associate Sponsors of Team Cheever include Infiniti, Firestone, Indy Promotional Products, Menards, Bosch, Pennzoil, Sony Disc Manufacturing, and Nancy Flowers Promotions.

Excite@Home (Nasdaq: ATHM) is the leading broadband online service provider, offering residential and commercial broadband services worldwide through the Company's 15,000 mile Internet backbone. The company has a global footprint of 87 million broadband homes under long-term contract. Excite@Home offers consumers broadband services over cable-modem, DSL and wireless connections, and businesses high-speed commercial services with Excite representing the consumer content experience and @Home providing access in local markets through broadband connectivity partners. Excite@Home has approximately 13.5 million cable franchise homes under contract outside of North America and localized versions of the Excite service in 10 leading international markets.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Arie Luyendyk