IPS: Jeff Tillman to debut in IPS at Michigan

Sports-car standout Tillman to debut at Michigan. Tillman, Budweiser enter Infiniti Pro Series competition. INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, July 25, 2002 -- SCCA and sports-car standout Jeff Tillman will make his Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series debut...

Sports-car standout Tillman to debut at Michigan.
Tillman, Budweiser enter Infiniti Pro Series competition.

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, July 25, 2002 -- SCCA and sports-car standout Jeff Tillman will make his Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series debut July 28 at Michigan International Speedway.

Tillman will drive the No. 9 Budweiser Racing -- King of Beers Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone for Sam Schmidt Motorsports.

"I'm very excited to be part of this new series," Tillman said. "It's an incredible opportunity for me and to team up with Sam Schmidt and Ray Parsons and Budweiser makes it even better.

"It's been a long racing season on and off the track, and I'm especially grateful to Budweiser for their continued support."

Tillman, 37, from St. Louis, began club racing in SCCA ITB class competition in 1990. He advanced to the professional ranks in 1992, competing in the Firehawk IMSA endurance series. From 1993-99, Tillman competed in the SCCA Spec Racer Ford and Pro Spec Racer Ford series, earning a total of 10 podium finishes and three victories.

In 2000, Tillman joined the Archangel Motorsports team in Grand American Rolex Sports Car competition. The following year, he finished third in points driving an SRP II Nissan/Lola for the team.

In 2002, Tillman teamed with co-drivers Jeff Clinton, Curtis Francois and Larry Connor in an Archangel Motorsports SRP II Nissan/Lola to finish fourth in class at the Rolex 24 endurance classic at Daytona.

Tillman credits 1999 Indianapolis 500 Bank One Rookie of the Year and fellow St. Louis native Robby McGehee with his move to the Infiniti Pro Series.

"I don't know what I would be doing without Robby," Tillman said. "He is the biggest reason I have this opportunity."

Other drivers joining Tillman in the Infiniti Pro Series include inaugural race winner A.J. Foyt IV, grandson of four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt; Arie Luyendyk Jr., son of two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Arie Luyendyk; actor/racer Jason Priestley, short-track standouts Aaron Fike, Ed Carpenter and Ronnie Johncox, and Nashville race winner and series points leader Cory Witherill.

The Michigan race, the third of seven in the series this year, will be broadcast at 6 p.m. (EDT) Aug. 15 on ESPN2.

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Series Grand-Am , Indy Lights , SCCA
Drivers Robby McGehee , Arie Luyendyk , Cory Witherill , A.J. Foyt IV , Larry Connor , Sam Schmidt , Jeff Clinton , Jeff Tillman , Curtis Francois , Aaron Fike , Jason Priestley , Ronnie Johncox , A.J. Foyt , Ed Carpenter , Arie Luyendyk Jr.