Jon Herb to drive full Menards Infiniti Pro Series
Racing Professionals Plans Full Season Campaign in 2005
INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2004 -- Racing Professionals will return to the Indy Racing League Menards Infiniti Pro Series for the full season in 2005 following a three-race debut in the series in 2004.
Team owner Jon Herb will drive the team's primary car and will search for sponsorship to fund a second car.
"I'm going to drive in all 14 races, but we're looking to add another car to increase our competitive advantage," Herb said. "Our objective is to make this a viable business. We want to be competitive on the track, draw in funded drivers and capitalize on other sponsorship and business opportunities."
Herb made 13 starts in the IRL IndyCar Series from 2000-2002. Thirteen of those starts came under the Racing Professionals banner, including a top finish of ninth at Texas Motor Speedway in 2001.
The team debuted in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2004, qualifying 10th. The team recorded top-10 finishes in each of the final two races of the season.
Primary sponsorship for Herb's car belongs to Aercon Industries, a company for which Herb serves as director of residential marketing. Aercon Industries manufactures a lightweight autoclaved aerated concrete which offers benefits such as fire, termite and mold resistance. Additionally it can lower energy costs, speed construction and reduce labor costs. Herb also is a partner in Perfect Home Realty LLC, a Florida residential construction company that utilizes the unique Aercon product in its building plans.
Formed in July 2002, the Menards Infiniti Pro Series is an essential stepping stone for drivers and teams striving to reach the pinnacle of open-wheel racing in America, the IRL IndyCar® Series. Two previous champions, A.J. Foyt IV (2002) and Mark Taylor (2003), along with 2002 Futaba Freedom 100 winner Ed Carpenter, competed in the IndyCar Series on a full-time basis in 2004.
Infiniti Q45 engines power Dallara Automobili chassis built for the series, with Firestone Firehawk tires used exclusively on all cars. The V8 engines produce approximately 450 horsepower for the single-seat winged chassis, providing an ideal training ground for the 650-horsepower, single-seat winged cars of the IndyCar Series.
The 2005 Menards Infiniti Pro Series season begins on March 6, 2005 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The IndyCar Series begins its 10th season of competition with the Toyota Indy 300 on March 6 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN and the IMS Radio Network.