As the son of former Formula 1 driver, Eddie Cheever III did not have much doubt about choosing what will be his main occupation.
Early career in karting and lower tiers of formula racing
Edward Mackay ’Eddie’ Cheever III was born on 5th of June 1993 in Rome, so he races under the Italian flag. As a boy Eddie raced karting across Italy and Europe. Over the years he achieved some success before switching to single-seaters in 2009, following the footsteps of his father Eddie Cheever.
Cheever Jr signed with Jenzer Motorsport to race in Italian and Swiss Formula Renault 2.0 Series. The results weren’t impressive. Eddie failed to score a single podium finish out of 20 races so he finished 14th and 11th in the standings respectively. With the same team, Cheever in 2010 competed in the Italian Formula Abarth and the results were somewhat better. He scored one podium and moved up to the 10th position in the standings.
Italian Formula 3 runner-up
Move to the Italian Formula 3 Championship in 2011 was a good opportunity for the young driver to show what he has. It was obvious that he continuously progressing. As a Lucidi Motors' pilot, Cheever scored podiums in 3 out of 16 races but that was enough just for the 9th place at the end of the season.
He stayed in the series for another year but this time as a member of Prema Powerteam, one of the best squads in lower categories of formula racing. Eddie did really well and finished the season as a runner-up to Riccardo Agostini. Cheever scored four wins and numerous podiums and at the end of the year was awarded test drive with Ferrari F1 team at Vallelunga.
Eddie Cheever III had some good times with Prema Powerteam
After fine 2012 season Cheever stayed with Prema Powerteam and raced in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to emulate results from the previous campaign and took the 13th position in the championship overall standings. Soon it turned out that was his last year in single-seaters.
Eddie Cheever had a short career in the NASCAR Series
After it turned out that his dream to become the driver in Formula 1 became unrealistic, Cheever switched to stock car racing. In 2014 he drove in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and did well. Eddie finished 3rd in the series winning 3 out of 12 races and having other two podiums. He won the Jerome Sarran Trophy, rewarding the highest placed racer aged 25 or less, and also was awarded as a driver with the most pole positions. The same year Eddie also made a one-off appearance in the Euro V8 Series.
Eddie Cheever III celebrates his maiden NASCAR victory
The following season in the European NASCAR series also was pretty good after Cheever won one race before finishing 5th in the standings. The same year he appeared as a guest in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series what was an attempt to make a breakthrough in the United States.
After NASCAR - switch to GT racing
In 2016 Eddie left stock car racing and debuted in the sports car racing. The debut was perfect as he became a champion of the Italian GT3 Championship. Driving a Ferrari 458 Italia, prepared by Scuderia Baldini 27, Cheever won 3 out of 13 races, had a total of 10 podium finishes, and also scored 5 pole positions, as well as 4 fastest laps.
In 2016 Cheever debuted in GT racing with Ferrari
In 2017, the Rome-born racer will try to defend his crown in the Italian GT3 Championship but also will try to experience some other categories. At the beginning of the year, Eddie raced with Scuderia Praha in the 24h Series round at Circuit Paul Ricard and finished 3rd, driving alongside Jiri Pisarik, Josef Kral, and Matteo Malucelli.