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Cheever owns two-car IRL team

2/5/2004

Although he isn't ready to make an
announcement, former Formula One, CART and Indy Racing League
driver Eddie Cheever Jr. appears to be out of the cockpit for good.

The 1998 Indianapolis 500 winner and IRL owner stopped driving
last season to concentrate on the business side of the sport.

"I'm a race car driver until about 12 o'clock, when I get into
the office and the telephone starts lighting up and you have
meetings and deals to do," Cheever said. "When you see the cars
running around, of course you want to jump in it and see how it
runs and measure yourself up against others.

"But, I think that the drivers we have now in our team are
doing a great job and they are putting a lot of effort into it, a
lot more effort than I would be able to put into it."

The 45-year-old Cheever will field cars for Alex Barron and
rookie Ed Carpenter in 2004, beginning with the season-opening race
Feb. 29 in Homestead, Fla.