Ross Cheever (born April 12, 1964 in Rome, Italy) is an American race car driver and is the younger brother of former Formula One driver and Indianapolis 500 champion Eddie Cheever. Born in Rome, Ross never completed a full season in elite level motorsport, however, he did make four CART starts for A.J. Foyt Enterprises in 1992 and drove for Dome in Formula 3000 and Japanese Formula Three in the early 1990s. He also raced in the Japanese Formula 3000 Championship, winning 10 races and finishing second in 1989 and 1991, and third in 1992, 1993 and 1994. During the winter of 1985 and 1986 Cheever competed in Formula Atlantic in New Zealand driving a Ralt RT4 and won the New Zealand Grand Prix both years.

He retired in 1994 but returned to become a test driver for Eddie's Cheever Racing in 2000 as the team transitioned to Infiniti engines. He was entered in a second Cheever Racing car for the Indianapolis 500 and completed rookie orientation but did not make a qualifying attempt.

Racing record

Complete International Formula 3000 results

(key)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 DC Points
1986 Eddie Jordan Racing SIL VAL PAU SPA IMO MUG PER ÖST BIR
DNQ
BUG JAR NC 0

Complete Japanese Formula 3 results

(key)

Year Team Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 DC Pts
1987 Funaki Racing Toyota SUZ
4
TSU
1
FUJ
2
SUZ
1
SUG
1
SEN
15
MIN
2
TSU
4
SUZ
3
SUZ
1
1st 122

Complete Japanese Formula 3000 results

(key)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 DC Points
1987 Dome SUZ FUJ
9
MIN
Ret
SUZ SUZ SUG
Ret
FUJ SUZ
13
SUZ 17th 2
1988 Dome SUZ
6
FUJ
8
MIN
12
SUZ
Ret
SUG
14
FUJ
6
SUZ
5
SUZ
Ret
9th 4
1989 Dome SUZ
11
FUJ
1
MIN
1
SUZ
2
SUG
Ret
FUJ
10
SUZ
2
SUZ
12
2nd 30
1990 Dome SUZ
2
FUJ
DNS
MIN
Ret
SUZ
Ret
SUG
6
FUJ
Ret
FUJ
6
SUZ
Ret
FUJ
10
SUZ
Ret
8th 8
1991 Team LeMans SUZ
Ret
AUT
Ret
FUJ
12
MIN
Ret
SUZ
11
SUG
1
FUJ
Ret
FUJ
C
SUZ
1
FUJ
C
SUZ
1
FUJ
Ret
2nd 27
1992 Team LeMans SUZ
1
FUJ
Ret
MIN
Ret
SUZ
2
AUT
13
SUG
3
FUJ
17
FUJ
2
SUZ
DNS
FUJ
6
SUZ
4
3rd 29
1993 Promise & Reynard SUZ
1
FUJ
Ret
MIN
4
SUZ
9
AUT
C
SUG
3
FUJ
C
FUJ
12
SUZ
1
FUJ
7
SUZ
2
3rd 31
1994 Team LeMans SUZ
1
FUJ
3
MIN
5
SUZ
2
SUG
4
FUJ
7
SUZ
1
FUJ
Ret
FUJ
Ret
SUZ
7
3rd 33

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Class No Tyres Car Team Co-Drivers Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1989 C1 36 B Toyota 89C-V
Toyota R32V 3.2L Turbo V8
Japan Toyota Team Tom's Japan Hitoshi Ogawa
Italy Paolo Barilla
45 DNF DNF

American open–wheel racing results

(key)

Indy Lights

Year Team Series 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Rank Points
1986 Brian Stewart Racing ARS PHX1 MIL MEA TOR POC MDO
3
ROA
4
LS
15
PHX2 MIA 14th 33

CART

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Rank Points
1992 A.J. Foyt Enterprises SRF PHX LBH INDY DET POR
11
MIL
20
NHA TOR MIS CLE
25
ROA
25
VAN
DNS
MDO NAZ LS 32nd 2

Indy Racing League

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Rank Points
2000 Team Cheever WDW PHX LVS INDY
DNQ
TXS PPIR ATL KTY TX2 NC

References

Sporting positions Preceded byDavy Jones Winner of the New Zealand Grand Prix 1985 and 1986 Succeeded byDavy Jones Preceded byAkio Morimoto All-Japan Formula Three Champion 1987 Succeeded byAkihiko Nakaya