Eddie Cheever

Racing Driver
Born Jan 10, 1958

Edward "Eddie" McKay Cheever, Jr. is an American racing driver who raced for almost thirty years in Formula One, Sports cars, CART and the Indy Racing League. Cheever participated in 143 World Championship Formula One races and started 132, more than any other American, driving for nine different teams from 1978 through 1989. In 1997, he formed his own IRL team and won the 1998 Indianapolis 500 as both owner and driver.… Read More

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1958 Birth Born on January 10, 1958.


1978 20 Years Old 1 More Event
Cheever participated in 143 Formula One World Championship races and started 132, more than any other American, driving for nine different teams from 1978 through 1989. … Read More
1982 - 1984 3 More Events
1985 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Cheever had been 3rd with 6 laps remaining but his Alfa ran out of fuel, handing the place to Patrese (the team had set Cheever's 890T engine for speed while setting Patrese for an economy run in the hope of a good finish). wasn't helped by the team's car, the Alfa Romeo 185T, which proved to be extremely uncompetitive, forcing the team to upgrade its car, the 184T to 1985 specifications and use it for the last half of the season, though the old car did not improve results despite proving slightly faster as the fuel issue remained.
1987 29 Years Old For, he was signed by Arrows team boss Jackie Oliver to partner British driver Derek Warwick (Cheever's appointment coincided with the US based USF&G financial group becoming the team's major sponsor). Cheever and Warwick (who had been teammates at TWR the previous year) were evenly matched and would have many on-track battles throughout 1987 and.


1988 30 Years Old 1 More Event
He secured third place at the 1988 Italian Grand Prix at Monza; at one stage, he was almost disqualified when his Arrows A10B's 150 liter fuel tank was found to actually contain 151 liters. Luckily, further examination revealed the tank size to be 149 liters and his third place stood. The podium cost him a new pair of sunglasses for the chief mechanic. Monza, won by the Ferrari of Gerhard Berger, was the only time the McLaren-Hondas of Alain Prost and 1988 World Champion Ayrton Senna did not win a race in 1988.
1989 31 Years Old 1 More Event
His final podium finish came at the 1989 United States Grand Prix in his home town of Phoenix, where he was involved in a race long battle with the Williams-Renault of former Alfa Romeo teammate Riccardo Patrese for 2nd place, but then had to give way at the later stages of the race when his brakes started to fade (he claimed that one of his front brakes had actually stopped working).
1990 32 Years Old In 1990 he moved to the US to drive for Chip Ganassi Racing in the CART series. … Read More
1992 34 Years Old In 1992, he qualified second for the race and finished fourth. … Read More
1995 37 Years Old Driving for A.J. Foyt's team, Cheever came closest to victory at Nazareth in 1995; he was leading the race on the last lap when he ran out of fuel.
1996 38 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1996 the Indy Racing League began, and Cheever moved there from CART.


1998 40 Years Old In 1998, all the pieces came together for Cheever when he took the biggest win of his career. … Read More
2002 44 Years Old Having hung up his helmet in 2002, except for occasional instances such as the 2006 24 Hours of Daytona where he competed in the first race with his new Grand-Am series team, Eddie announced on February 21, 2006 he would come out of retirement to run his own car in the IRL's first four races, including the Indianapolis 500. … Read More
2005 47 Years Old In 2005 Cheever competed in the GP Masters series which is open to former Formula One drivers over the age of 45. … Read More
Cheever finished 4th in the 2nd GP Masters race on April 29, 2006 at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.
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