IRL: Bumps named team manager for Kelley Racing

INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 7, 2000 - Jim Freudenberg, general manager for Kelley Racing, has named Timothy Bumps as team manager. Bumps, an Indianapolis native, will oversee the racing operations and be responsible for the day-to-day management of the...

INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 7, 2000 - Jim Freudenberg, general manager for Kelley Racing, has named Timothy Bumps as team manager. Bumps, an Indianapolis native, will oversee the racing operations and be responsible for the day-to-day management of the two race teams.

"We're real excited to have someone with Tim's experience and winning background at Kelley Racing," said Freudenberg. "His understanding of what it takes to win on the race track will be a huge asset to the team."

Bumps started his racing career in 1981 by working at Patrick Racing under Sonny Meyer, son of Indianapolis 500 Champion Louis Meyer. With more than 18 years of racing experience, Bumps has five Indianapolis 500 championships. He was only 18 years old when he experienced his first win at Indy in 1982. Gordon Johncock won that year by 0.16 of a second over Rick Mears, the second closest margin of victory in the history of the race. Other wins were with Al Unser Sr. (1987), Rick Mears (1988 and 1991), and Emerson Fittipaldi (1993). His most recent experience at Indy came this past year where as team manager he helped rookie and childhood friend Andy Hillenburg achieve his dream by qualifying for the 84th Indianapolis 500.

Bumps' career also includes 49 wins in the CART series and the 1988 CART Championship with driver Danny Sullivan. He has also worked with drivers Mario Andretti, Michael Andretti, Paul Tracy and Scott Pruett.

"I'm happy to be joining Kelley Racing. This is an opportunity of a lifetime", said Bumps. "I recently took a break from racing to allow myself time to explore and research the best teams, see what was available, and make a decision based on what was best for me. Most importantly, I wanted to work with good people and a team that was committed to winning races."

Kelley Racing just completed their fourth season competing in the Indy Racing Northern Light Series. Drivers Mark Dismore (#28 OnStar/Bryant Dallara/Oldsmobile) and Scott Sharp (#8 Delphi Automotive Systems/WorldCom Dallara/Oldsmobile) finished fifth and seventh respectively. Bump plans to improve upon those finishes next season by having an intense test schedule during the upcoming months.

The Indy Racing Northern Light Series opens their 2001 season on March 18 at Phoenix International Raceway.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Mark Dismore , Michael Andretti , Paul Tracy , Scott Pruett , Andy Hillenburg , Mario Andretti , Al Unser Sr. , Rick Mears , Danny Sullivan , Emerson Fittipaldi , Gordon Johncock