IRL: Team Cheever Notes 1999-05-20

Eddie Cheever Jr. INDY 500 PRACTICE NOTES (May 20, 1999) Indianapolis Motor Speedway Reigning Indy 500 winner, Eddie Cheever, Jr. and his ...

Eddie Cheever Jr. INDY 500 PRACTICE NOTES (May 20, 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 6th fastest time of the day, and his best of the week, today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Cheever's #51 T Dallara race car clocked a fast time of 224.193 mph (40.114 seconds).

Team Cheever's Wim Eyckmans spent the day preparing the final set-up of his #52 EGP/Beaulieu of America Dallara/Goodyear Oldsmobile. His top speed of the day was 220.691 mph at a time of 40.781 seconds.

Top Ten: Thursday, May 20th 1. Ray (T) 227.192 6. Cheever (T) 224.193 2. R. Unser 225.079 7. Schmidt 224.131 3. Luyendyk 225.073 8. Brack 223.708 4. Gregoire 224.792 9. Sharp 223.681 5. Lazier 224.361 10. Boat (T) 223.564 (T) stands for T-car or back up car.

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

"We've had a hard time finding the balance the past few days. We hit on something this morning and afternoon that has made the car much better."

"We put a fresh engine in the car this morning. The last couple of days we've had a series of electrical problems that could have put us out of the race. We think we've solved them now, but we're still on a steep learning curve with our new engine program. We feel we're on the right track."

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 20, 1999) Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Team Cheever's Wim Eyckmans spent the day preparing the final set-up of his #52 EGP/Beaulieu of America Dallara/Goodyear Oldsmobile. His top speed of the day was 220.691 mph at a time of 40.781 seconds.

Reigning Indy 500 winner, Eddie Cheever, Jr. and his #51 Team Cheever/The Children's Beverage Group Dallara/Goodyear/Infiniti clocked the 6th fastest time of the day, and his best of the week, today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Cheever's #51 T Dallara clocked a fast time of 224.193 mph (40.114 seconds).

Top Ten: Thursday, May 20th 1. Ray (T) 227.192 6. Cheever (T) 224.193 2. R. Unser 225.079 7. Schmidt 224.131 3. Luyendyk 225.073 8. Brack 223.708 4. Gregoire 224.792 9. Sharp 223.681 5. Lazier 224.361 10. Boat (T) 223.564 (T) stands for T-car or back up car.

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

"We worked today on finding the best balance for the car and on general race set-up. Today, the wind came from the other side, so the back straight was much faster."

"Tomorrow we'll begin to focus on qualifying. We know what we're going to use in Qualifying. This afternoon we spent our time putting it together so we can concentrate on the final touches tomorrow. We'll do 10-12 laps only to recheck the balance of the car and see what time we can get out of it. To be ok in qualifying, I believe we will need to do 4 consistent laps at 222+."

"This is a very difficult place. Everyday the track is different. I learn something everyday, not only because I am a rookie and I am still learning ovals, but because also, the weather changes everything."

"This place is very special...not only this place but also the path to get here. When I showed I had the speed in F3000, I felt that my next challenge should be in the United States and to try ovals. My first test went well, so I knew then that I should come here. Marcel (Bolmut) and I have worked over a year to prepare for this race. Not only did I need to learn ovals as a driver, but, we needed to put together the sponsorship plan to make it possible for the best package. To have the chance to drive in front of 400,000 people is very special and not many people get that opportunity. But it takes a lot of hard work to make a dream like this come to fruition."

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 , Wim Eyckmans