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. He is 61 years old as of 2019.
Eddie Cheever Measurements
Eddie Cheever’s height is 5 feet 9 inches tall with a perfectly maintained healthy body. Other details regarding his weight are not available. Further, he has blonde hair with light brown eyes.
Eddie Cheever Family
Edward is married to Rita Cheever and they have four children; Eddie Cheever III, Estelle Cheever, Dylan Cheever, and Elizabeth Cheever. He has a brother called Ross Cheever.Eddie Cheever photo
Eddie Cheever Net Worth
Cheever has an estimated net worth of $5 million as of 2018. Further, data related to his net worth in 2019 is still to be revealed. Cheever reportedly earned around $12 million from prize money during his career. His Indy Racing League Prize Money is expected to be $6,703,298 while $2,271,841 additional amount for competing at CART / CCWS.
On average, Formula One racer earns about $170,000 to $57,000,000 per race as of the data of 2019. Similarly, Sports car racers earn about $10 million annually. The highest recorded salary of a sports car racer is $40 million earned by a racer. As Cheever is a racer, he is fon of racing and expensive cars. He has a Ferrari car
However, the racer has taken retirement and is enjoying with his family at his home with his heavy net worth.
Eddie Cheever Wedding/ Family/Personal Life
The man who has won 143 Formula One races have been married to Rita Cheever. The couple shares four children Eddie Cheever III, Estelle Cheever, Dylan Cheever, and Elizabeth Cheever.
Eddie is married to Rita Cheever but the details about their wedding have not been revealed till now. Further, the couple is happily married and living a blissful life. He has not been part of any rumor or controversies.
Eddie Cheever Early Life And Professional Career
Eddie Cheever was born on January 10, 1958, in Phoenix, Arizona. Further, Eddie grew up in Rome, Itay. 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 Hesketh 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 Nurburgring 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 Nurburgring to graded driver, Jochen Mass, having passed twelve drivers, many of the top F1 drivers on the second lap of the Nurburgring 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 Ganassi 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.
Eddie Cheever Iii
Edward Mackay also is known as “Eddie” Cheever III (born 5 June 1993) is an Italian-American racing driver. He is the son of the retired Formula One driver, Eddie Cheever.
Karting– Born in Rome, Cheever began karting in 2006 and raced primarily in Europe for the majority of his karting career, working his way up from the junior ranks to progress through to the KF2 category by 2009 and finished 15th in the CIK-FIA European Championship.
Formula Renault– Cheever graduated to single-seaters in 2009. He competed with Jenzer Motorsport in the Swiss and Italian championships, finishing eleventh and fourteenth in the final standings respectively.
Formula Abarth– In 2010, Cheever moved into the newly launched Formula Abarth series in Italy, staying with Jenzer Motorsport. He achieved a podium in the sprint race at Varano and finished the season eleventh.
Italian Formula Three- In 2011 Cheever joined Lucidi Motors for a campaign in the Italian Formula Three Championship. He finished ninth with podiums at Misano, Adria, and Mugello.
Cheever remained in the series in 2012 but switched to Prema Powerteam. Eddie finished as runner-up to Riccardo Agostini in both the European and Italian championship formats.
NASCAR– In 2014, Cheever made the switch from open wheel to stock cars, running the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series for Italian-based CAAL Racing, scoring his first win and his first pole position at Brands Hatch. He then won two more races, at Magione and Le Mans, to finish the season third in points. He won the Jerome Sarran Trophy, rewarding the highest placed driver aged 25 or less, and the Race And Win Pole Award, rewarding the driver scoring the highest number of pole positions during the season. On 4 August 2015, Cheever announced that he would make his K&N Pro Series East debut at Watkins Glen International for Bill McAnally Racing. He also ran one race in K&N Pro Series West at All American Speedway also for Bill McAnally Racing.
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