IRL: Indy500: Kite steps in for Erwin

INDIANAPOLIS, May 12 - McCormack Motorsports owner Dennis McCormack and the team's regular driver, rookie Brandon Erwin of Denton, Texas, have decided to allow Jimmy Kite of Stockbridge, Ga., to attempt to qualify the McCormack...

INDIANAPOLIS, May 12 - McCormack Motorsports owner Dennis McCormack and the team's regular driver, rookie Brandon Erwin of Denton, Texas, have decided to allow Jimmy Kite of Stockbridge, Ga., to attempt to qualify the McCormack Motorsports/Team Calcium G-Force Olds #30 for the 85th annual Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend.

Erwin will resume his position as the team's regular driver at the next race, slated for June 9 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Kite, 25, has been in the Indy 500 three times. His best finish was 11th in 1998.

Erwin will work with Kite here at Indy to gain additional experience.

"It was a hard decision because Brandon is doing a great job, but the competition is extremely stiff, it's important that we make the race, and as a rookie Brandon hasn't had the opportunity to make many laps here," McCormack said. "I know this is difficult for him because he's a racer, but he's also a great team player. We are doing what we feel it best for our team, and Brandon remains an integral part of that team and helped to make this decision."

Earlier in the day McCormack announced that the team is the centerpiece of a new marketing and public relations program that promotes the increased consumption of calcium-rich products. Companies that supply or manufacture products that contain calcium will participate in the program on an exclusive, category-specific basis.

-MM

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Brandon Erwin , Jimmy Kite