INDIANAPOLIS, January 14, 2002 -- Kelley Racing has completed their move into new headquarters on the northwest side of Indianapolis. For more than four years the team was based out of Fishers, Ind., but growing pains found it necessary to expand into a 34,000-square-foot building closer to racing vendors and suppliers.
“ Jim and Tom Kelley’s continuing commitment to the Indy Racing League has given us an incredible new facility to provide the best working environment for our team members,” stated Jim Freudenberg, general manager for Kelley Racing.
The new building was purchased following the end of the 2001 season and the crew immediately began converting the warehouse into a race shop. The transformation was completed within a two-month period with the assistance of various companies in the Indianapolis area. The facility is located on eight acres of land and provides the team with room for expansion when needed.
Included in the new facilities is office space for management, engineers, crew chiefs, and transportation staff. The shop area located in the rear of the building consists of a conference room, fabrication shop, electronics room, shock room, parts room, grinding room, and a gearbox sub-assembly bay. Designs are also being developed to add a paint room in the near future.
The crew has also assembled six bay areas where work has already begun in updating and building new cars for drivers Scott Sharp and Greg Ray for the 2002 Indy Racing League season. Additional space is also available to add bays in the future if required.
Employee-friendly features of the building include a break room with full kitchen, a courtyard for employees and their guests, and a locker room. There is also a drive-through area for two transporters and two hospitality coaches providing the four vehicles with parking space inside the building away from the elements.
Another added feature is a foyer that connects the front office to the race shop and displays artwork featuring the Kelley Racing team.
Kelley Racing was founded in 1997 when they combined efforts with PDM Racing to field a car for Mark Dismore in the Indianapolis 500. The team begins their sixth season competing in the Indy Racing League on March 2, 2002, at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
An open house at the new facility is planned for Kelley Racing partners and media later this month.