Eddie Cheever
American racing driver
Eddie Cheever
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.
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All you need to know about Indy 500
Republican America Blogs - almost 5 years
Parnelli Jones takes a lap of the speedway in his 1963 Indy 500 winning car during a break in qualifying at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday May 19, 2012. He also drove this car to the pole position in 1962 with a lap of 150.370 miles per hour, which was the first qualifying speed set at the Indy 500 above 150 miles per hour. The former ‘Greatest Spectacle in Racing’ will be run on Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedwayas the 96th Indy 500 is staged. While squabbling between officials of various auto racing factions has drained some of the fun out of the event in recent years, the idea of open wheel cars going over 200 mph inches apart should be enough to excite even the most casual of sports fans. Here are a variety of facts about the 96th Indianapolis 500: EVENT — The 96th Indianapolis 500. DISTANCE — 500 miles; 200 laps around the asphalt-on-brick Indianapolis Motor Speedway track, a 2.5-mile rectangular oval. SANCTIONING BODY — IndyCar. R ...
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Ibori lived like royalty at expense of the poor
Ft.com Financial Times Blogs - almost 5 years
Ahead of sentencing court hears how former state governor of Nigeria rose from being a petty thief in London to a property tycoon with a fleet of lxcury cars
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United Autosport wechselt zu McLaren - Speedweek - Motorsport zum lesen
Google News - over 5 years
In den letzten Jahren fuhren die UA-Audi ua Mark Blundell, Johnny Herbert, Derek Warwick und Eddie Cheever. Ein McLaren wird 2012 in der Pro-Klasse der BES starten, das zweite Exemplar in der Pro-Am. United Autosport, die auch im Bereich Marketing eng
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1981: LA PRIMA LEZIONE DEL PROFESSOR PROST - Paddock
Google News - over 5 years
Nello scompiglio generale, ne fa le spese Arnoux che finisce fuori strada per evitare la Tyrrell di Eddie Cheever. Quando il sole torna a far capolino sull'Autodromo, il leader Prost incrementa il vantaggio su Jones (2°), mentre Piquet e Reutemann si
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Italiana: Liberati lidera treinos coletivos em Vallelunga. Guerin é 5° - Grande Prêmio
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Facu Regalia terminou o dia na terceira colocação, à frente de Eddie Cheever. O brasileiro Victor Guerin obteve a quinta melhor marca da tabela, quase três décimos atrás do líder. Guerin vem de seu segundo pódio na temporada de estreia - foi o terceiro
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DICOSTARS Pour entendre l'hymne, cliquez sur le drapeau - sportquick
Google News - over 5 years
En 1977, il termina 3e du Championnat Formule 2 derrière René Arnoux et Eddie Cheever .Et aussivainqueur du GP de Monaco de F3 en 1977. L'année suivante, en 1978, il gagna les 24 H du Mans avec Jean-Pierre Jaussaud sur Alpine Renault
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Adria, gara 1: Marciello senza problemi - Italiaracing.net
Google News - over 5 years
Il pilota della Prema è stato praticamente perfetto fin dal pronti-via, quando si è involato al comando, forzando immediatamente il ritmo e prendendo un margine di vantaggio sufficiente nei confronti di Brandon Maisano e Eddie Cheever, che sono giunti
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FDA – Maïsano en pole à Adria, suivie par Marciello - Ferrari-F1.fr
Google News - over 5 years
Son résultat était à peine 148 millièmes de seconde plus rapide que son collègue de la Ferrari Driver Académie, Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) tandis que Rome Eddie Cheever (Lucidi Motors) a pris la troisième place. Il y aura deux courses demain
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Infiniti Planning Sebastian Vettel-Themed » - Inside Line
Google News - over 5 years
The effort yielded only two victories, both by Eddie Cheever, at Pikes Peak International Raceway in 2001 and Kansas Speedway in 2002. The Vettel-themed Infiniti car could be anything from a trim-package edition of the Infiniti Performance Line (IPL)
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Carpentier braces himself for an emotional weekend - Montreal Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
He added three top-five finishes in the 17 IndyCar Series races he ran in 2005 for Eddie Cheever Jr.'s Red Bull team. It was in Toyota Atlantic, in the Player's driver development program, that Carpentier enjoyed his dream season in 1996, winning nine
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At Pocono, Paul Menard Recaps Week Of Brickyard 400 Celebration - SB Nation
Google News - over 5 years
Jeff Gordon's visit to the winner's circle was a highlight, too, and Menard said that of all the text messages he received from fellow drivers, the ones from former Indianapolis 500 winners Buddy Rice and Eddie Cheever meant the most
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MILLER: History Finally Falls In Menard's Favor - SPEEDtv.com
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1994: Eddie Cheever finishes ninth with a Menard engine. 1995: Powered by a Menard V-6, Scott Brayton wins the pole position and teammate Arie Luyendyk starts second and runs seventh. 1996: Brayton again wins the pole but is killed during practice so
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VIDEO: Eddie Cheever On GRAND-AM Ferrari F458 - SPEEDtv.com
Google News - over 5 years
Eddie Cheever talks about Ferrari's new GRAND-AM-specific F458 Italia and the chances of racing with his son in the 50th Rolex 24 at Daytona... The debut of Ferrari's GRAND-AM-specific F458 Italia last week at Daytona sent shockwaves through the
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ENDURANCE: United Autosports Spa 24 Hour Report - Motorsport.com
Google News - over 5 years
Unfortunately the #11 Audi of Matt Bell (GB)/Mark Blundell (GB)/Eddie Cheever (USA)/Mark Patterson (USA) retired on Saturday evening. Bell had swept the #11 up to 14th after an hour from his 34th start place but the Audi, with Patterson now at the
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GT: Spa 24 Race Blog - SPEEDtv.com
Google News - over 5 years
10:55 pm: Comment from Eddie Cheever, who had to abandon the No. 11 United Autosports Audi after electrical problems: “The car went slower and slower and then the power just cut off completely after I'd heard a loud mechanical noise from the back
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GT: United Autosports, One Year Later - SPEEDtv.com
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Stacked up against some of the strongest competition from Europe, Brown, Dean and all-star co-drivers Eddie Cheever and Mark Blundell took their Audi R8 LMS to the GT3 podium in the Total 24 Hours of Spa. In fact, they nearly pulled off the win,
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Grand-Am Ferrari 458 Italia Tests At Daytona - Motor Authority
Google News - over 5 years
The "godfather" of this program is Eddie Cheever, the 1988 Indianapolis 500 winner who drove in Formula 1 for many years. Now the Ferrari 458 Italia has finally made its way to the Daytona International Speedway 3.56-mile road/oval course,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Eddie Cheever
    FORTIES
  • 2006
    Age 48
    In the 3rd GP Masters race on August 13, 2006 at the Silverstone Circuit in England, he took the victory under wet track conditions.
    More Details Hide Details key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap) key) key) Best race finish: 2nd (Phoenix - 1992), best championship result: 9th key) (Bold – Pole position. * – Most laps led.)
    Cheever's IRL team, active until July 2006, ran cars for Alex Barron and Patrick Carpentier in 2005.
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    Cheever finished 4th in the 2nd GP Masters race on April 29, 2006 at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.
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  • 2005
    Age 47
    In 2005 Cheever competed in the GP Masters series which is open to former Formula One drivers over the age of 45.
    More Details Hide Details In the championship's first ever event at Kyalami International Raceway in South Africa, Cheever finished in 8th position.
  • 2002
    Age 44
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He shut his team down after the 8th race of the season due to lack of sponsorship. The team continues to compete in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series. Currently, Cheever is providing television commentary on ABC for the IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500, a position he has held since 2008 with Allen Bestwick and Scott Goodyear, a former three-time runner-up in the Indy 500 who also drove for Team Cheever in 2001.
  • 1998
    Age 40
    In 1998, all the pieces came together for Cheever when he took the biggest win of his career.
    More Details Hide Details He started from 17th position and led 76 of 200 laps to win the 82nd Indianapolis 500, despite sliding in the first turn of the race's first lap, helping bring out the race's first caution period. He was the first owner/driver to win the race since A.J. Foyt (one of Cheever's former bosses) in 1977.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1996
    Age 38
    Cheever ran for Team Menard for the three-race series, and at the 1996 Indianapolis 500, he set the fastest race lap to date at.
    More Details Hide Details Cheever then set up his own team and had his first race as a driver/owner at New Hampshire later that August, which was the first race of the next season.
    In 1996 the Indy Racing League began, and Cheever moved there from CART.
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  • 1995
    Age 37
    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.
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  • 1992
    Age 34
    In 1992, he qualified second for the race and finished fourth.
    More Details Hide Details In total, he scored four podium finishes in the series, but never won.
  • 1990
    Age 32
    In 1990 he moved to the US to drive for Chip Ganassi Racing in the CART series.
    More Details Hide Details In his first attempt at the Indianapolis 500, he finished eighth and was named the race's Rookie of the Year, as well as CART's Rookie of the Year.
  • 1989
    Age 31
    Cheever's last race in Formula One was at the very wet 1989 Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide.
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    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).
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1988
    Age 30
    Cheever's third place in the 1988 Italian Grand Prix was also the final podium for the turbocharged l4 BMW M12 engine (badged as "Megatron" in 1987 and 1988).
    More Details Hide Details At the time, it was the oldest turbo engine in use in Formula One, having been first used by the Brabham team in 1982.
    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.
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  • 1987
    Age 29
    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.
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  • 1985
    Age 27
    Late in the 1985 season, Alfa announced they were pulling out of F1 at the end of the year, leaving Cheever without an F1 drive, while Patrese went back to Brabham in place of Nelson Piquet, who was moving to Williams.
    More Details Hide Details While racing in the World Sportscar Championship for Tom Walkinshaw Racing's Jaguar team, Cheever raced in only one F1 Grand Prix in. This was for the American owned and sponsored Haas Lola team at Detroit, as a replacement for the injured Patrick Tambay. Cheever actually qualified the unfamiliar Lola THL2 with its turbocharged Ford V6 engine in 10th position. Regular team driver, World Champion Alan Jones, could only qualify his car 21st. Both Lola's retired with steering damage in the race, Jones on lap 33, Cheever 4 laps later. Ironically, Cheever was only the third choice to replace Tambay for the race. Team owner Carl Haas had originally asked the lead driver in his CART team, World Champion Mario Andretti to drive. Mario declined however, but recommended his son Michael as a replacement. However, when Michael was unable to obtain a FIA Superlicence for the race, Haas turned to the experienced Cheever, who quickly agreed to an F1 comeback.
    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.
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  • 1984
    Age 26
    Patrese though scored the only podium finish for the team in those two years when he finished third in the 1984 Italian Grand Prix.
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  • 1983
    Age 25
    His best year was 1983, when he finished 7th in the championship, scored three podium finishes and one front row start for Renault.
    More Details Hide Details From 1986 to 1988, while still driving in Formula One, Cheever won ten sports car races for Jaguar.
  • 1982
    Age 24
    Switching teams repeatedly as he tried to climb his way up the grid, Cheever had five points-scoring finishes for the Tyrrell team in, and three podiums for Ligier the following year, including a second place at the 1982 Detroit Grand Prix in Detroit.
    More Details Hide Details The season proved to be Cheever's high point in Formula One. He signed with the factory Equipe Renault team alongside Frenchman Alain Prost, both of whom were among the year's Championship favorites. Cheever earned four more podiums and 22 Championship points driving the Renault RE30C for the first two races before driving its much better replacement, the RE40, for the remainder of the season. But the team's disappointment after losing both the Drivers' (Prost) and Constructors' titles late in the season brought about the replacement of both Cheever and Prost. His best finish for Renault was second in the Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, while earlier in the season he achieved his highest career qualifying position when he was second to team mate Prost at the French Grand Prix at the Paul Ricard Circuit. Unconfirmed rumors had Renault signing Cheever as the French manufacturer was looking to sell more cars in North America, and having an American driver in the factory backed Formula One team would help that cause (there were three F1 races in North America in 1983 - Long Beach, Detroit and Canada). In six more seasons, he never drove another truly competitive F1 car. After leaving Renault, Cheever had two unsuccessful seasons with Alfa Romeo as team mate to Italian Riccardo Patrese. The thirsty and underpowered 890T V8 turbo engine used in the Alfas generally saw results few and far between, though it was generally believed Cheever outperformed his teammate despite failing to qualify for the 1984 Monaco Grand Prix.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1978
    Age 20
    He made his Formula One debut at age 20 in 1978.
    More Details Hide Details After failing to qualify in Argentina, he made the grid at Kyalami for the South African Grand Prix in a Hesketh-Ford. An engine problem forced him to retire after just eight laps. Two seasons later, he became a regular driver for the Osella team, but finished only once in ten races.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 1997, he formed his own IRL team and won the 1998 Indianapolis 500 as both owner and driver. The team now competes in sports cars. Cheever lived in Rome, Italy as a child and was introduced to motorsports at age eight when his father took him to a sports car race in Monza, Italy. He soon began racing go karts and won both Italian and European Karting championships at age 15. He worked his way up through the levels of European Formula racing, teaming with American Danny Sullivan in Formula Three and driving for Ron Dennis in Formula Two.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1958
    Age 0
    Born on January 10, 1958.
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