|First race||Argentine Grand Prix||Buenos Aires||January 15, 1978||Race results|
|Last race||Australian Grand Prix||Adelaide||November 5, 1989||Race results|
Eddie Cheever shone in Formula Three and then in Formula Two and was looking to jump into Formula One at the end of 1977 at the age of 19. A seat at Ferrari seemed a possibility, but Gilles Villeneuve got there first. Eddie rolled out for Theodore and had a one-off ride for Hesketh in 1978, but elected to return to Formula Two, and it was not until 1980 that he graduated full-time, with the new Osella team. Sadly, the Italian team was out of its depth and he was able to show his hand only when he moved to Tyrrell in 1981, putting in five points-scoring drives. He hit the podium in 1982 with Ligier, peaking with second at Detroit and this helped him land a ride for 1983. However, the ride was alongside Alain Prost at Renault and Cheever could not live with the comparison, even though his sixth overall in the final standings marked his best year. Two years with the Benetton-Alfa Romeo team and three with Arrows came next, but the star was fading and Eddie headed to Indy Cars, winning the 1998 Indy 500 before eventually cutting back on driving in 2003 to focus on running his own team.
Reproduced from The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Formula One published by Carlton Books