Team Cheever Notes and Quotes Eddie Cheever, Jr. ...
Team Cheever Notes and Quotes
Eddie Cheever, Jr.
#51 Team Cheever Infiniti/Firestone/Dallara
MCI WorldCom Indy 200 at Phoenix International Raceway
March 16-19, 2000
Indy Racing Northern Light Series -- Round 2 of 9
INDY RACING STARTS: 34
INDY RACING WINS: 3 (1997 Orlando, 1998 Indianapolis 500, 1999 Orlando). Cheever is tied for 4th overall in career Indy Racing victories.
SEASON RANK: Currently 3rd overall in series standings after finishing 3rd and leading 8 laps at the Walt Disney World season opener.
1999 RACE RECAP: Cheever qualified 18th and steadily carved his way through the field, passing Billy Boat for the lead on lap 127. Phoenix-born Cheever led 22 laps until contact with Buddy Lazier brought his day to a premature end on lap 149 of the 200-lap event.
<pre> CHEEVER AT PHOENIX: 1997: ST/7th FN/12th 1998: ST/20th FN/10th 1999: ST/18th FN/17th
</pre> TEAM CHEEVER TO INTRODUCE MAJOR PARTNER ON THURSDAY
1998 Indianapolis 500 winner Eddie Cheever, Jr. will announce a leading Internet company servicing the worldwide marketplace as Team Cheever's new partner during a trackside press conference at 1:00pm MST on March 16. "I am looking forward to getting started as we plan to reinvent the way race fans participate in racing," explains Cheever. "We will unveil the first elements of our program on Thursday, but we'll continue announcing all sorts of exciting promotional events over the next few months."
PRODUCTIVE TESTS BUOY CONFIDENCE IN INFINITI ENGINE
As the sole Infiniti-powered Indy Racing team, Team Cheever is also responsible for the testing and development of the highly-anticipated Infiniti Indy 35A. Both the team and its performance partner Infiniti were optimistic following productive test sessions at PIR and Las Vegas. "Ross (Cheever) and I have done a lot of testing since Orlando with the Infiniti engine," recounts Cheever. We have many more test dates planned before Indy, with Ross in charge of the majority of the driving duties. At Phoenix, we'll be running the same engine spec as Orlando with a few modifications. When we get the 35A, we expect to see an even greater improvement in handling and probably a small horsepower advantage. As I've said before, this really is the engine to have at Indy. It will have better heat displacement, better fuel mileage and a bit more horsepower."
TEAM CHEEVER TO CAMPAIGN DALLARA AT PHOENIX
The recent acquisition of a Dallara chassis provides Team Cheever with the opportunity to choose between the Riley & Scott and the Dallara on a track-by-track basis. "Team Cheever has a very good relationship with both Dallara and Riley & Scott and part of that comes from our emphasis on continual development both inside and outside our organization," notes Cheever. "With the late delivery of the Riley & Scott, we are still closing that development gap. Having Ross (Cheever) as a test driver has allowed us to develop both cars on parallel tracks. Our goal is to have the luxury of choosing the chassis that most capitalizes on any given track."
EDDIE CHEEVER, JR. ON PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
"Phoenix has a lot of heritage since it was always a precursor to Indy. It is one hot, fast, hard, short oval. All three corners demand a unique compromise in your set-up. At Phoenix, you have to decide just how loose you want to run the car in turns three and four in order to make it through turns one and two. The long radius corners at Phoenix force you to really lean on your right rear, and making the tires last through each stint is extremely difficult. It will be another tight, tight race for both the teams and the equipment."