"All the racing I have done in the last four months has been to ready myself for Indy. Every lap in a car or mile on a bicycle. Every glass of wine I could have drank but didn't. Every skirt I could have chased but didn't. It's all been aimed at having a good, strong Indy 500. I want to be in that top group of five or six drivers in the last 20 laps."
At 48, Eddie Cheever Jr has returned to top-flight racing. And he is quite sure about not being there to swell the IRL's dwindling grids. He wants to win.
Three seasons on from apparently hanging up the helmet from his second career in IRL IndyCar racing, where it was thought he would go on to just focus on team management, the American is returning to the cockpit to have one more go at repeating his famous 1998 Indianapolis 500 victory.