IPS: IRL: Tony Renna named Kelley Racing test driver

Renna named test driver for Kelley Racing. Kelley Racing announced today that Tony Renna will be the Test Driver for their Indy Racing League and newly formed Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series teams. In addition to his testing duties, Renna will...

Renna named test driver for Kelley Racing.

Kelley Racing announced today that Tony Renna will be the Test Driver for their Indy Racing League and newly formed Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series teams. In addition to his testing duties, Renna will also serve as driver coach for Jason Priestley in the Infiniti Pro Series

"Needless to say, I am very excited about my new relationship with of one of the finest organizations in all of motorsports," said Renna. "Kelley Racing is a program that every driver would like to be associated with and I am very thankful to Tom Kelley and Jim Freudenberg for believing in my abilities. I am looking forward to working with everyone on the team and to a long term, successful relationship with Kelley Racing."

Renna has been racing since 1982. His open-wheel experience includes driving in the PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship with PacWest Racing Group while also acting as their official Champ Car testing and development driver. During his Indy Lights career on oval tracks, Renna scored one win, two poles, six podium finishes and 8 top fives. Other racing accomplishments included the 1996 Barber Dodge Pro Series "Rookie of the Year" as well as being selected as the "Valvoline Team USA" award winner.

"We're pleased that someone with Tony's experience has agreed to help out our program," said Tom Kelley, owner of Kelley Racing. "With this being the inaugural season for the Infiniti Pro Series, we need to accumulate as much information as possible. And with Tony's experience in open-wheel racing, I'm sure that he'll provide us with great feedback and valuable insight towards a successful season for Jason and the entire Kelley Racing team."

The Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series is a support series used as a training ground for drivers aspiring to compete in the premier open-wheel series in America, the Indy Racing League. The inaugural season begins on July 7 at Kansas Speedway and concludes at Texas Motor Speedway on Sept. 14. Each driver competing will be driving a Dallara chassis powered by Infiniti Q45 engines that will produce approximately 450 horsepower. All teams in the series will also be on Firestone Firehawk tires.

The series consists of seven 100-mile events and will be broadcast on ESPN2 and distributed worldwide through ESPN International. Along with Kansas and Texas, other venues include Nashville Superspeedway July 20, Michigan International Speedway July 28, Kentucky Speedway Aug. 11, Gateway International Raceway Aug. 25, and Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 8.

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Tony Renna , Jason Priestley