Former Indianapolis 500 winner Eddie Cheever joined ESPN’s auto racing team in 2008 as an analyst for ESPN and ABC’s coverage of the Verizon IndyCar Series. One of the most recognized names and faces in motorsports, Cheever won races all over the world in many different forms of race cars during his 30-year driving career.
The Arizona native made 132 starts in Formula One from 1978-89, the most by any American driver in the history of the sport. He returned to the United States in 1990 to pursue his dream of winning the Indy 500, racing in the former CART series and then in the IndyCar Series when it launched in 1996. He won the first race with the IndyCar Series’ new engine and chassis formula in 1997 and in 1998 won the Indianapolis 500 as a driver-owner.
Cheever had five wins in 77 starts in the IndyCar Series, winning races in five consecutive seasons between 1997 and 2001. He stepped out of the cockpit following the 2002 season, then returned for a limited schedule in 2006, the last year he raced.
In 2006, also Cheever competed in the Grand Prix Masters Series for former Formula One drivers, winning a race at England’s Silverstone circuit, and he ran some races in the Rolex Sports Car Series for a new team that he founded.
Cheever moved to Italy with his parents at the age of six and as a teenager became a winner in go kart racing. He progressed through European road racing to Formula One.
Another highlight of Cheever’s career is a win in an International Race of Champions event at Michigan International Speedway in 2000.
Cheever is founder and CEO of Coyote Cars a U.S. manufacturer of GRAND-AM Daytona Prototype race cars.