Cheever Wins IRL, Grabs Points Lead

Published June 19th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Eddie Cheever Jr. was a happy and relieved man after he earned his fourth career victory at the Indy Racing League Radisson 200 in the Northern Light Series at Fountain, Colorado, taking the points lead with 170 over Buddy Lazier on 168 and Scott Sharp 159. 

First, he jumped from third to first in the points series and finally he had won with the Nissan Infiniti engine for its first victory in Indy car racing. 

Cheever, who won comfortably, was getting tired of being asked when he would win in the Infiniti engine. Now everybody knows. He took the lead on lap 172 and was never headed. 

Cheever, the sixth winner in as many IRL races this year, collected $124,400. He won with a 135.230-mph (216.368 km/h) average speed. 

He said, "We have worked very hard with Nissan Infiniti to get to this point. I was looking forward to a race with Lazier, but he had a problem. I'm sure we have a long way to go to the end, but I am so happy and so honored to have won with this engine." 

Cheever beat rookie Airton Dare, of Brazil, in a race that ended under caution when Beechler attempted to pass Sharp to try to take third spot on the 198th lap. Beechler went to the high side with Al Unser Jr's lapped car in the middle and Sharp on the inside. 

Before that, he led by more than 12 seconds. Scott Sharp was third, followed by Mark Dismore and Donnie Beechler. 

The three headed into the first turn, but Beechler's wheel touched Unser's and both went into the wall. 

With the yellow flag being waved, Cheever cruised home - (Several Sources) 

 

© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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