Tony Renna To race at Milwaukee

Tuesday, June 1, 1999 Tony Renna Set To Race At The Milwaukee Mile Tony Renna was one of the top rookies in the 1998 PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship. He won the Detroit News 100 in his superspeedway debut at Michigan and backed it up with...

Tuesday, June 1, 1999 Tony Renna Set To Race At The Milwaukee Mile Tony Renna was one of the top rookies in the 1998 PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship. He won the Detroit News 100 in his superspeedway debut at Michigan and backed it up with a third-place finish at California. He was scheduled for a second season with Mattco Raceworks but was left on the sidelines for the opening quarter of 1999 when the team failed to return to the series this year. Despite being rideless, Renna had been one of the most visible drivers at CART events this year. He has attended every race and was invited to test with PacWest at Milwaukee on May 12 And 13 to assist the team and Andre with what has been a less than satisfactory oval track set up so far in 1999. Renna took full advantage of the opportunity and was among the fastest of the 14 drivers testing over the two days. Although no plans were in place to run a second race car prior to the test, team manager Ziggy Harcus and other members of the PacWest team were impressed enough to go to work on getting Renna a ride. A one-off run at this weekend's race at the Milwaukee Mile was confirmed this morning. "I am extremely excited and thankful for the opportunity that Mr. McCaw and Motorola have given me," Renna said. "The support from everybody has been great. A two-car team can be better because it doubles the information. It will be good for me and it should be good for Didier too." The return brings Renna back to the track where he made his first major impression last season. After struggling through the ovals early in the year, Milwaukee marked a turn around. Renna qualified second and finished fifth, but only after Geoff Boss nipped him for fourth place at the finish line. "Milwaukee is really where I found my feet on the ovals last year," Renna said. "It was our last short oval race and we were able to build on what was basically testing at the other races. From there, we went to Detroit and had another good run and the season picked up." Sunday's PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship race at the Milwaukee Mile can be seen in a one-hour show on ESPN2 in same day coverage from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. ET.

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Tony Renna , Geoff Boss