Eddie Cheever Biography
Eddie Cheever is an American former racing driver who raced for almost 30 years in Formula One, sports cars, CART, and the Indy Racing League. He 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. 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.
He was introduced to motorsports at the age of eight when his father took him to a sports car race in Monza. He soon began racing go-karts and won both the Italian and European Karting Championships at age 15. Cheever worked very hard through the levels of European Formula racing, together with fellow American Danny Sullivan in Formula Three in 1975 scoring a significant win against Gunnar Nilsson and Rupert Keegan at the end of 1975 and then driving for Ron Dennis’ Project Four team in Formula Two in 1976, 1977 and 1978, finishing runner-up to René Arnoux in the 1977 championship.
Eddie Cheever Age
Cheever was born on January 10, 1958, in Phoenix, Arizona, United States.
Eddie Cheever Family
He is the son of Monza and his brothers name is Ross Cheever, no other information regarding his parents has being revealed.
Eddie Cheever Wife
He is married to Rita Cheever.
Eddie Cheever Children
He has four children; Eddie Cheever III, Estelle Cheever, Dylan Cheever, and Elizabeth Cheever. He has a brother called Ross Cheever.
Eddie Cheever Height
Cheever’s height is 5 feet 9 inches tall.
Eddie Cheever Net Worth
Cheever has an estimated net worth of $5 million.
Eddie Cheever Career
Cheever was born on January 10, 1958, in Phoenix, Arizona. Further, Eddie grew up in Rome, Italy. He loved motorsport since he was a child and he was introduced in motorsport when he was 8 years old by his father in Monza. His brother’s name is Ross Cheever.
At the age of 15, Eddie began racing go-karts and won both the Italian and European Karting Championships. Eddie Cheever shortly entered Formula One after his 20th birthday in 1978. After failing to qualify for the first two races of the year in Argentina and Brazil in a Theodore, he made the grid in South Africa in a Resketch but retired early. He then concentrated on Formula Two for the rest of 1978 and 1979.
Later, from 1986 to 1988, Eddie won sports car races for Jaguar. Cheever later moved to Indy Racing League in 1996. Eddie set the fastest race lap to date at 236.103 mph (379.971 km/h) breaking a world record. Finally, in the year 1995, Cheever took retirement and has been inactive since then
Eddie Cheever Helmet
The incorporation of a driver’s national flag, colors or heritage into their helmet is as old as the idea of helmet design itself. From Jackie Stewart’s tartan band through Cevert, Lauda, Prost, de Cesaris, Boutsen, Frentzen and Button to name just a small random sample, national pride has often been the cornerstone of a driver’s creative application.
American driver Eddie Cheever took this motif one step further however by combining the colors of his home country with the flag of his home state to create a boldly distinctive patriotic design.
By the end of 1977, he was considered the most ranked driver in the world outside F1, scoring brilliant wins in 1977 in F2 at Nürburgring and Rouen, an outright win on the classic and terrifying French road circuit over Rosberg, Arnoux, Pironi and Tambay and finishing 2nd on the road at Nürburgring to graded driver, Jochen Mass, having passed twelve drivers, many of the top F1 drivers on the second lap of the Nürburgring race, in a drive easily equal to Jack Ickx performances in 1976.
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Cheever won ten sports car races for Jaguar From 1986 to 1988, while still driving in Formula One. In 1990 he moved to the US to drive for Chip Ganesa Racing in the CART series. During 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.
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’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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