IPS: Nunn, St. James decide on female drivers to test car

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Oct. 15, 2004 -- Kathryn Nunn and Lyn St. James have identified six female drivers to test an Indy Racing League Menards Infiniti Pro Series car Nov. 8-10 at Texas Motor Speedway. Nunn Motorsports will use the test to...

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Oct. 15, 2004 -- Kathryn Nunn and Lyn St. James have identified six female drivers to test an Indy Racing League Menards Infiniti Pro Series car Nov. 8-10 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Nunn Motorsports will use the test to select a driver for a chance at a full-season ride for 2005.

Drivers Becca Anderson, Juliana Chiovitti, Sondi Eden, Rossella Manfrinato, Wendy Mathis and Sarah McCune will participate in the test.

"It was difficult narrowing the field from the 21 capable drivers who had asked to be considered down to six, but I'm pleased with the experience and enthusiasm these six posess," said Nunn, the first female team owner in the IRL. "I appreciate the input provided by Lyn as well as (Menards Infiniti Pro Series Executive Director) Roger Bailey and (Technical Director) Butch Meyer. I'm looking forward to seeing these ladies in the car."

Anderson, 25, began racing at the age of 13 and has 13 career feature wins as a sprint-car driver. The Lincoln, Del., native competes in the United Racing Club (URC) series.

Chiovitti, from Sutton, Ontario, is a three-time World Karting Association (WKA) Grand National Champion and has won a WKA national championship. She is 22.

Eden, 27, is a Crawfordsville, Ind., native. She is a 2004 USAC Regional Midget Champion and a former North American Midget Auto Racing Series (NAMARS) Rookie of the Year.

Manfrinato, 35, has competed in SCCA and Formula Continental events. The Milan, Italy native was the technical support and liaison engineer for chassis manufacturer Dallara in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series.

Mathis, 25, began racing at the age of 12. She has driven midgets and sprint cars and is the first woman to win a sprint car feature in the Tampa Bay Area Racing Association. Mathis lives in Braden, Fla.

McCune, 26, has competed in USAC National Midget events for the past several years. The Perrysburg, Ohio native tested an IRL IndyCar® Series car twice in 2000.

"I'm pleased that we had such a quality list of drivers to consider for this opportunity, but it sure made the decision process extremely difficult," said St. James, one of only three women to have competed in the Indianapolis 500.

The Menards Infiniti Pro Series was formed in 2002 as the development series for the IRL IndyCar Series. Past champions A.J. Foyt IV (2002) and Mark Taylor (2003), as well as driver Ed Carpenter, have earned full-time rides in the IndyCar Series.

Nunn Motorsports joined the Menards Infiniti Pro Series in July and has earned four victories with brothers James and P.J. Chesson.

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The Menards Infiniti Pro Series Texas 100 will take place at 5 p.m. (EDT) on Oct. 16 at Texas Motor Speedway. The race will be broadcast at 4 p.m. (EDT) on Oct. 17 by ESPN2. The IndyCar Series season continues with the Chevy 500 at 12:30 p.m. (EDT) on Oct. 17 at Texas Motor Speedway. The race will be broadcast live on ABC and the IMS Radio Network.

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