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Japanese fans have love of racing

Updated: April 9, 2003, 8:49 PM ET
By Eddie Cheever Jr. | Special to ESPN.com

Cheever Three things I'll never forget about Japan:

1. It was the very first place where I received money to drive a race car. I was 18 years old, driving in Formula 2, and I'd never been to Japan. It took 27 hours to get there. We stopped in London and Brussels, flew over Moscow, and stopped in Seoul, where we waited in a tiny room for eight hours at the airport waiting for a connecting flight to Tokyo. I won 4,000 pounds. I thought I was the king of the world.

2. One night before ...

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