IRL: Team Cheever Notes 1999-05-19

Eddie Cheever Jr. INDY 500 PRACTICE NOTES (May 19, 1999) Indianapolis Motor Speedway Reigning Indy 500 winner, Eddie Cheever, Jr. and his ...

Eddie Cheever Jr.

INDY 500 PRACTICE NOTES (May 19, 1999) Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Reigning Indy 500 winner, Eddie Cheever, Jr. and his #51 Team Cheever/The Children's Beverage Group Dallara/Goodyear/Infiniti clocked the 14th and 15th fastest times of the day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Cheever's #51 T clocked a fast time of 222.883 mph (40.380 seconds) awhile his primary #51 car covered the 2.5-mile track at 222.778 mph (40.406 seconds). Similar to several other cars today, Cheever did experience some trouble in his #51 T car, when the engine expired in Turn 4.

Team Cheever's Wim Eyckmans, was the third fastest rookie as he drove his #52 EGP/Beaulieu of America Dallara/Goodyear Oldsmobile at a speed of 222.327 mph and a time of 40.481 seconds. Eyckmans was 20th overall.

Top Ten: Wednesday, May 19th 1. Stewart 226.683 6. Unser 224.042 2. Ray 226.025 7. Mcgehee (R) 224.025 3. Luyendyk 225.096 8. Salazar 223.714 4. Brack (T) 224.411 9. Guerrero 223.390 5. Gregoire 224.193 10. Brack 223.270 ***(T) is back up car/ (R) stands for rookie driver

Eddie Cheever, Jr. #51 Team Cheever/The Children's Beverage Group/Dallara/Goodyear/Infiniti

On the day "This track is notorious for being hard on engines. We've been running the engine in Qualifying mode because we wanted to see where the envelope was. We've obviously gone past it. We are pushing everything right now...engine, tires, the chassis, everything. We want to know that we've squeezed every last bit out of this car to find more speed. We're almost there."

On Arie Luyendyk's Final Indy 500 "Arie has a natural talent for speed. Sometimes, when you look at a driver, you can see the speed on their face; with Arie, you look at him and he's just smiling away, he's so comfortable. Almost laughing at us all. He is very special. I will personally miss racing with and against him greatly."

Sponsor Information Primary sponsorship of Team Cheever comes from The Children's Beverage Group. The Children's Beverage Group (TCBG) is the designer of the RIP-IT SIP-IT(tm) straw-in-the-pouch drinking system that began distribution nationwide in 1997. For more information, call TCBG's corporate headquarters at 847-562-4040 or visit their website at http//www.tcbg.com. Associate sponsors of Team Cheever include GO-RACHELS.COM, Menards, Ceramiche Ragno, Goodyear, STP, TruGreen*Chemlawn, Bosch, Pennzoil and Invincible Sportswear.

Wim Eyckmans

INDY 500 PRACTICE NOTES (May 19, 1999) Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Team Cheever's Wim Eyckmans, was the third fastest rookie of the day as he drove his #52 EGP/Beaulieu of America Dallara/Goodyear Oldsmobile at a speed of 222.327 mph and a time of 40.481 seconds. Eyckmans was 20th overall.

Reigning Indy 500 winner, Eddie Cheever, Jr. and his #51 Team Cheever/The Children's Beverage Group Dallara/Goodyear/Infiniti clocked the 14th and 15th fastest times of the day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Cheever's #51 T clocked a fast time of 222.883 mph (40.380 seconds) awhile his primary #51 car covered the 2.5-mile track at 222.778 mph (40.406 seconds). Similar to several other cars today, Cheever did experience some trouble in his #51 T car, when the engine expired in Turn 4.

Top Ten: Wednesday, May 19th 1. Stewart 226.683 6. Unser 224.042 2. Ray 226.025 7. Mcgehee (R) 224.025 3. Luyendyk 225.096 8. Salazar 223.714 4. Brack (T) 224.411 9. Guerrero 223.390 5. Gregoire 224.193 10. Brack 223.270 ***(T) is back up car/ (R) stands for rookie driver

Wim Eyckmans #52 EGP/Beaulieu of America/Team/Dallara/Goodyear/Oldsmobile

On the day "We've changed the car since last night. When it went, it went very well! It went so well, I did not even realize I was at 222. I'm definitely coming into my line. I feel we can find more speed and have some thoughts on adjustments already."

On Chief Mechanic, Dane Harte "It is really great to work with Dane. Dane seems to understand the European mentality and style. He is young and determined like me and we seem to understand each other easily. He takes my thoughts, digests them and adapts the car quickly. I believe in him and he seems to believe in me."

Sponsor Information Primary sponsorship of Wim Eyckmans comes from EGP and Beaulieu of America. EGP, based near Brussels-Belgium, was founded in 1997. After several years of research and development, the firm has introduced an extensive line of fully environmental cleaning products for use in the industrial, business and domestic arenas. The company currently employs a staff of 28 and is growing quickly. Turnover for 1998 was $15 million dollars. EGP's goals are to double their turnover in 1999, to expand strongly on the US market and to bring a safer and more responsible use to the maintenance tasks in today's world at large. Beaulieu of America is the largest privately held, and overall, the third largest carpet and rug manufacturer in the world. The most fully integrated company in the floor covering industry, Beaulieu controls production from raw materials to finished products. This vertical integration allows Beaulieu to control product quality standards and ensures a continuous supply of material to marketplace demands. With approximately 12,000 employees worldwide, Beaulieu of America reported annual sales revenues of $1.5 billion in 1998.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Arie Luyendyk , Wim Eyckmans