IRL: Bailey named Executive Director of Infiniti Pro Series

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2001 - Roger Bailey has been named as executive director of the new Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series, Indy Racing League officials announced today. Bailey will start in his new position Nov. 5. He will...

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2001 - Roger Bailey has been named as executive director of the new Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series, Indy Racing League officials announced today.

Bailey will start in his new position Nov. 5. He will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Infiniti Pro Series and will report to Brian Barnhart, vice president of operations for the Indy Racing League.

"Roger brings a tremendous depth of experience in managing an open-wheel racing support series, and he is uniformly respected in the racing community for his integrity and professionalism," said Tony George, president and CEO of the Indy Racing League. "We are enthusiastic at the opportunity to bring a man of Roger's talents on board, and we are confident he will contribute to the growth and success of the Infiniti Pro Series."

Bailey most recently was the president and CEO of American Racing Series, Inc., which managed a development series for CART. That series will run its final race Nov. 4. His career in motorsports dates back to 1959, when he began building and maintaining cars for the Jim Russell driving school. Bailey broke into motorsports competition building Cooper chassis and went on to work for noted Formula One car owner Ken Tyrrell, the Ford Motor Company and its Le Mans GT program, and worked briefly with Roger Penske in the Can-Am series in 1967.

Bailey also built competition engines beginning in 1967 with Ferrari. He spent seven years with McLaren Cars as an engine builder and played a vital role in building the engine that propelled Johnny Rutherford to the pole for the 1973 Indianapolis 500. Bailey spent five years as technical director for the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) before joining ARS in 1985.

"I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to work with Tony George and the entire Indy Racing League staff in their quest to develop additional driver talent and provide fans with more entertainment each weekend," Bailey said. "The Indy Racing League has been very successful in growing its on-track product and fanbase. The Infiniti Pro Series will become an integral part of that continued growth for years to come, and I am proud to be part of it."

The Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series will debut in mid-2002. Infiniti Q45 engines generating 450 horsepower will propel a Dallara chassis designed exclusively for the series, which will serve as a training ground for the 650-horsepower open-wheel cars of the Indy Racing Northern Light Series.

-IRNLS/IMS-

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Series AUTOMOTIVE , F1 , IMSA , INDYCAR , INDYLIGHTS , LEMANS