Eddie Cheever

Eddie Cheever

Infobox F1 driver
Name = Eddie Cheever

Nationality = flagicon|USA American
Years = F1|1978, F1|1980 - F1|1989
Team(s) = Theodore, Hesketh, Osella, Tyrrell, Ligier, Renault, Alfa Romeo, Haas Lola, Arrows
Races = 143 (132 starts)
Championships = 0
Wins = 0
Podiums = 9
Points = 70
Poles = 0
Fastest laps = 0
First race = 1978 Argentine Grand Prix
First win =
Last win =
Last race = 1989 Australian Grand Prix

Edward "Eddie" McKay Cheever, Jr. (born January 10, 1958) 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 Indianapolis 500 as both owner and driver in 1998. The team now competes in sports cars. As Cheever never won a Grand Prix or ChampCar race despite several competitive runs, and his success in the IRL came before the big-name teams entered, he has been nicknamed Undera, a play on the word 'underachiever'.


Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Cheever lived in Rome 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.

Formula One

He made his F1 debut at age 20 in 1978. 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. Switching teams repeatedly as he tried to climb his way up the grid, Cheever had five points-scoring finishes for the Tyrrell team in 1981, and three podiums for Ligier the following year, including a second place at the 1982 United States Grand Prix East in Detroit.

The 1983 season proved to be Cheever's high point in Formula One. He signed with the Renault team alongside Frenchman Alain Prost, both of whom were among the year's Championship favorites. Cheever drove well in support of team number one Prost, earning four more podiums and 22 Championship points, but the team's disappointment after losing both the Driver's and Constructor's titles late in the season brought about the replacement of both Cheever and Prost. In six more seasons, he never drove another truly competitive F1 car. His final podium finish in Formula One came in his hometown of Phoenix at the first USGP event there when he finished third for the Arrows team. This was the last time an American driver raced in a USGP until 2006, when Scott Speed ran for Scuderia Toro Rosso.

In all, he participated in 143 Grands Prix, achieved 9 podiums, and scored a total of 70 championship points.


Infobox racing driver
last series = CART World Series
years active = 1986, 1990-1995
teams = Arciero Racing
Chip Ganassi Racing
Team Menard
King Motorsports
Turley Motorsports
A. J. Foyt Enterprises
starts = 82
wins = 0
poles = 0
fastest laps =
best finish = 9th
year = 1990, 1991
awards = CART Rookie of the Year
award years = 1990
From 1986 to 1988, while still driving in Formula One, Cheever won ten sports car races for Jaguar. In 1990 he moved to the US to drive for Chip Ganassi Racing in the CART series. In his first attempt at the Indianapolis 500, he finished eighth and was named Rookie of the Year. In 1992, he qualified second for the race and finished fourth. In total, he scored four podium finishes in the series, but never won. Driving for A.J. Foyt, Cheever came closest to victory at Nazareth in 1995; he was leading the race on the last lap when he ran out of fuel.

Indianapolis 500 and Indy Racing League

Infobox racing driver
last series = Indy Racing League IndyCar Series
years active = 1996-2002, 2006
teams = Team Menard
Cheever Racing
starts = 77
wins = 5
poles = 1
fastest laps =
best finish = 3rd
year = 1996-1997, 2000
awards = Indianapolis 500 winner
award years = 1998
In 1996 the Indy Racing League started racing, and Cheever moved there from CART. Cheever ran for Team Menard for the first two races in 1996, and at the 1996 Indianapolis 500, he set the fastest race lap to date at 236.103 mph [http://www.indy500.com/modules/pdf/stats/Fastest%20Race%20Lap%20(1951-present).pdf] . Cheever then set up his own team, Cheever Racing and had his first race as a driver/owner at New Hampshire International Speedway in August of that year.

In 1998, all the pieces came together for Cheever when he took the biggest win of his career as both a driver and owner, the first to do so since A.J. Foyt's win in 1977. He started from 17th position and led 76 of 200 laps to win the Indianapolis 500, despite sliding in the first turn of the race's first lap, helping bring out the race's first caution period.

Cheever's IRL team, active until July 2006, ran cars for Alex Barron and Patrick Carpentier in 2005. 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 he would come out of retirement to run his own car in the IRL's first four races, including the Indianapolis 500. 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 and ESPN for the 2008 Indianapolis 500.

GP Masters

In 2005 Cheever competed in the GP Masters series which is open to former Formula One drivers over the age of 45. In the championship's first ever event at Kyalami International Raceway in South Africa, Cheever finished in 8th position [http://www.gpmasters.com/news_131105final.htm] . Cheever finished 4th in the 2nd GP Masters race on April 29, 2006 at the Losail International Raceway in Qatar [http://www.gpmasters.com/news_qatar_dayrace.htm] .

In the 3rd GP Masters race on August 13, 2006 at the Silverstone Circuit in England, he took the victory under wet track conditions [http://www.gpmasters.com/news_130806_race.htm] .

Career statistics

Complete World Championship Formula One results


Indy 500 results


* [http://www.gwb.com.au/gwb/indy/drhistec.html Eddie Cheever]
* [http://www.wheel2wheel.com/driverprofile.asp?driverid=201 Wheel 2 Wheel: Eddie Cheever]

External links

* [http://www.redbullcheeverracing.com/ Red Bull Cheever Racing]
* [http://www.bjwor.com/990223.html The "meteoric" rise of Eddie Cheever]

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