Cheever signs with Rice

Buddy Rice has signed a multi-year deal to race for Eddie Cheever's Indy Racing League team

Cheever signs with Rice

The American driver has raced with the Cheever Racing outfit since Michigan in July of this year, and has already been testing with the team in preparation for the 2003 season.

"We are pleased to officially sign Buddy," said Cheever. "Buddy demonstrated last season that he is professional, fast and able to lead this team into the future. It doesn't hurt that he is one of the top American drivers, either."

Rice drove in five races for the team last season, and finished in the top 10 in four of those. His best result was a second place finish at Michigan.

Rice said of the deal: "I am really happy to be withl Cheever Racing; it's an excellent team. It was the next obvious step to my short run with them last season. This is the opportunity I have been waiting for. I am pumped to get the 2003 championship started."

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