Eddie Cheever drops brother

Eddie Cheever has decided not to put his younger brother, Ross, into a car for the Indianapolis 500. The team will focus solely on Eddie Cheever's run at a second Indy 500 victory. Cheever won this race two years ago.

Eddie Cheever drops brother

'Unfortunately, we didn't find the necessary resources to field a first-class effort for Ross,' Cheever said. 'This is the Indianapolis 500. It's serious business. My crash on opening day put us a bit behind, and there is too much at stake for all of us not to go into this fully prepared.

'Ross has done an excellent job testing for Team Cheever and Infiniti, and he has contributed a great deal to the success of our engine development program. Ross is a racer. I know he'll get over this disappointment.'

The younger Cheever's best lap was 216.784 miles per hour in the team's 1999 Dallara on Monday.

'I learned a lot through my experience testing for Team Cheever and Infiniti, and I am very grateful for the opportunity,' Ross Cheever said. 'Now it's time for me to make my own way and go racing. I'm disappointed that it won't be with Team Cheever, but I know that there are other opportunities out there that I will now be able to pursue more aggressively.'

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