2003 infiniti q45 : Historic new race added to month of May schedule.IRL Infiniti Pro Series to race on second weekend of qualifying.INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, March 12, 2003 -- For the first time inIndianapolis Motor Speedway history, another automobile race will sharethe famed 2.5-mile oval with the Indianapolis 500 during the month ofMay, Speedway officials announced March 12.Featuring the cars and drivers of the IRL Infiniti Pro Series, theFreedom 100 will be run on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 17, at theIndianapolis Motor Speedway. The 40-lap race will see the green flag at2 p.m. local time.The Infiniti Pro Series was created in 2001 and built on the samefounding principles as the IRL IndyCarTM Series -- to create anaffordable formula that fosters close competition."This is an exciting day for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway andthe Indy Racing League," said Tony George, president and CEO of theIndianapolis Motor Speedway. "The Freedom 100 will be a great additionto the second week of activities for the Indianapolis 500. It's aperfect fit to the schedule and makes sense for many reasons."
2003 infiniti q45 : IRL and IMS officials accelerated the possibility of the Speedwayplaying host to an Infiniti Pro Series race after the successful debutof the series in 2002. A.J. Foyt IV won the inaugural championship andthe Firestone Firehawk Cup that accompanies it. The decision to moveforward with the race was solidified after the successful first event of2003 at Homestead--Miami Speedway."The growth of the Infiniti Pro Series has exceeded the IRL'sexpectations," said Brian Barnhart, senior vice president of racingoperations for the Indy Racing League. "Roger (Bailey) was given a cleansheet of paper to build a series which will prepare drivers, mechanics,teams and sponsors for the IRL IndyCar Series. We all saw the Pro Seriesat the Speedway eventually, but its rapid growth made the Speedway racea real possibility in 2003."The IRL Infiniti Pro Series serves as an essential stepping-stone fordrivers striving to reach the pinnacle of open-wheel, oval-track racingin America -- the IRL IndyCar Series."This is great news for the teams and drivers of the Infiniti ProSeries," said Roger Bailey, executive director of the IRL Infiniti ProSeries. "Clearly, racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the goalof these drivers. This race will provide them a great opportunity to getexperience there before competing in the Indy 500."
2003 infiniti q45 : A quality field of teams and drivers competes in the Infiniti ProSeries, which grows from seven to 12 races in 2003. The lineup ofdrivers comes from a variety of disciplines. Mark Taylor, winner of thefirst race in 2003, is joined by Arie Luyendyk Jr., son of two-timeIndianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk, and 2002 race winner CoryWitherill. Short-track open-wheel stars Aaron Fike, Ed Carpenter andRonnie Johncox are back in 2003 and compete against road racers PaulDana and Jeff Simmons, to name a few."I think it's great, I really do," said Al Unser, four-time winner ofthe Indianapolis 500 and IRL driver coach. "It's going to give theInfiniti Pro Series drivers a chance to feel what it's like to be partof the 'Greatest Spectacle in Racing.' The drivers, the sponsors and thecrews will all get a feel for what it's like. It's great. I really meanthat. It helps them."I wish I would have had something like that when I was starting. When Ifirst came there, they put me out there with the veterans and said, 'Doit, and if you do it wrong, go home.' This will teach them so much, andwith (Rick) Mears (driver coach) and all of us with our knowledge andencouragement, they'll have an advantage we all wish we would have had.They'll learn the fundamentals that it takes and the adrenaline thatthis place produces. I think it's great."
2003 infiniti q45 : INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Feb. 11, 2002 - Established open-wheel team RoquinMotorsports will field two cars in the 2002 Indy Racing Infiniti ProSeries, the first confirmed multi-car effort for the new developmentseries.Owned by Roberto Quintanilla and his sons, Rolando, Roberto Jr. andRodrigo, Indianapolis-based Roquin Motorsports is seeking potentialdrivers to test for its two Infiniti Pro Series entries."Roquin Motorsports is fully devoted to the Infiniti Pro Series for the2002 and 2003 seasons with the goal of competing in the Indy RacingLeague in future years," Rolando Quintanilla said. "The support thatwe've received from Tony George and Roger Bailey is what convinced usto commit to the Infiniti Pro Series. We feel that in the long run theseries provides the best opportunity for our team and the best targetmarket for our sponsors."Roberto Quintanilla, an accomplished businessman in his native Mexicoand a veteran motorsports competitor, formed Roquin Motorsports in 1988.The team enjoyed success in Super Vee, Formula 2000 and Indy Lightscompetition, fielding entries for drivers such as Roberto and RolandoQuintanilla, Guillermo Rojas, Piero Rodarte and Luis Diaz.
2003 infiniti q45 : "I'm exceptionally pleased to welcome Roquin Motorsports into theInfiniti Pro Series," said Roger Bailey, executive director of theInfiniti Pro Series. "The Quintanillas have been strong proponents ofsupport-series programs for the last 20 years, and I am delighted thatthey have chosen the Infiniti Pro Series to continue that tradition."The inaugural season of the new development series will begin July 7at Kansas Speedway and culminate with the Sept. 14 season finale atTexas Motor Speedway. Nashville Superspeedway, Michigan InternationalSpeedway, Kentucky Speedway, Gateway International Raceway andChicagoland Speedway also will play host to Infiniti Pro Series eventsin 2002.The 100-mile Infiniti Pro Series "sprints" will take place at the sametrack and on the same day as Indy Racing League events except for theTexas race, which will take place the day before the IRL's season-endingChevy 500.The Infiniti Pro Series serves as an essential stepping-stone fordrivers striving to reach the pinnacle of open-wheel, oval-track racingin America, the Indy Racing League.Infiniti Q45 engines will power new Dallara Automobili chassis builtfor the series, with Firestone Firehawk tires used exclusively on allcars. The V8 engines will produce approximately 450 horsepower for thesingle-seat winged chassis, providing an ideal training ground for the650-horsepower, single-seat winged cars of the Indy Racing League.
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