Cheever Leads Laps; Finishes 10th at Talladega IROC

Talladega, AL - Indy Racing Northern Light Series star Eddie Cheever Jr. exchanged his ...

Talladega, AL - Indy Racing Northern Light Series star Eddie Cheever Jr. exchanged his #51 Excite@Home Indy Race Car for a Pontiac Firebird this weekend as he competed in the second round of the 2000 True Value International Race of Champions (IROC) Series at Talladega Superspeedway. Cheever, the 1998 Indianapolis 500 champion, earned a hard-fought tenth place finish in Saturday's IROC feature at the ultra-fast 2.66-mile Alabama tri-oval.

"Everything was going fine and I was running out front, but I just couldn't hold the pace," notes Cheever, who earned bonus points for leading eight laps of the 38-lap event. "I wasn't able to hang onto the tow, and I dropped from first place back to tenth."

"I'm still learning the art of driving these IROC cars in a group," continues Cheever. "It's certainly a great experience competing against NASCAR's best in their own type of cars. To be honest, no matter where I finish, I always have a fantastic time rubbing fenders with these guys. It's really a lot of fun."

NASCAR veteran Bobby Labonte took home the Talladega win, followed by fellow stock car competitors Mark Martin and Dale Earnhardt in second and third place, respectively.

Racing fans can catch Cheever's aggressive performance in the 101-mile IROC sprint on Sunday, April 16 at 5:00pm Eastern on ABC.

The next stop for Cheever and the #51 Excite@Home Indy Race Team is the third round of the 2000 Indy Racing Northern Lights Series, the Vegas Indy 300 on April 22. Cheever, who led laps at both the Orlando season opener and last month's Phoenix event in his Infiniti-powered machine, is currently ranked sixth overall in the Indy Racing standings.

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Series IROC
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Bobby Labonte , Eddie Cheever , Mark Martin