IRL: Rookie Jon Herb to Drive for Byrd/McCormack Motorsports

Indianapolis, IN Jan 18, 2000 - Jonathan Byrd / McCormack Motorsports is pleased to announce Jon Herb, a rookie of the year contender, as a driver for the newly formed team for the 2000 Indy Racing League Season. Jon began his racing career in...

Indianapolis, IN Jan 18, 2000 - Jonathan Byrd / McCormack Motorsports is pleased to announce Jon Herb, a rookie of the year contender, as a driver for the newly formed team for the 2000 Indy Racing League Season.

Jon began his racing career in the grassroots of American open-wheel racing. He has competed in the US F2000 National Championship series, a number of ARCA races, as well as the United States Auto Club and NAMARS midget championships. During the 1999 racing season, Jon completed his Indy Racing League rookie test, and although he never attempted to qualify for a race, Jon completed nearly 1,000 miles of testing at Pikes Peak International Raceway, Atlanta, Texas, and Las Vegas Motor Speedways, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"I'm very excited about my first race." Herb said, speaking about his upcoming rookie season. "To be able to race for Jonathan Byrd/McCormack Motorsports is a tremendous opportunity. It's important for me to be able to begin my Indy car career with a very good team."

Talking about his prospects for the first race and what he hopes to accomplish, Herb said, "Well, I definitely want to finish, that's obvious. For the first half of the race, I want to be able to run consistently and comfortably, but I also want to run as hard as I can to keep it exciting and put on a good show for the fans. My goal is to bring the car home in a better spot than it deserved, to get one hundred ten percent out of my equipment and myself. Most importantly, I want to gain experience and show people what I've got."

"Initially, my goals for the year are to be the highest qualifying and highest finishing rookie at each race. Of course, that would put me in a good position to take the rookie of the year titles for the series and the Indy 500. I want to be able to constantly improve my performance, and ultimately be able to run at the front of the pack. As a rookie, I have to be realistic in my expectations, but I believe that by the end of the season I will be able to compete for the win."

Herb, who is twenty-five years old, is a native of Wisconsin, and now resides in Indianapolis. In addition to his Indy Racing League duties, Jon is also planning an extensive driving campaign for the 2000 season, and intends to compete in the USAC Silver Crown series, the USAC National Midget series, and the ARCA series.

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