IRL: Spectacular Showing by Eddie Cheever in Las Vegas

kvelliott@msn.com Cheever Places 17th After Spectacular Showing Las Vegas, Nevada - After running in the front for the majority of the 208-lap ...

kvelliott@msn.com Cheever Places 17th After Spectacular Showing

Las Vegas, Nevada - After running in the front for the majority of the 208-lap Vegas.com 500 race, Eddie Cheever, Jr.'s hopes of a second 1999 victory ended early when, on lap 138, his engine failed.

"It's naturally very unfortunate," said Cheever. "The guys did everything right today, the engine was strong and the car was running extremely well. When I passed all those cars in the beginning to take the lead, I can't tell you how much fun that was! I really thought we had it today!"

It was indeed a raucous ride. Cheever started the race from 18th. By lap 18 he had lost radio contact with the crew and by lap 30, was at the front of the pack. His last radio communiqu

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever