PEP BOYS INDY RACING LEAGUE WEEKLY NOTEBOOK INDIANAPOLIS, April 6, 1998 - Notes and quotes from the Pep Boys Indy Racing League: Another USAC star makes the jump: USAC standout Dan Drinan will drive in the Pep Boys Indy...
PEP BOYS INDY RACING LEAGUE WEEKLY NOTEBOOK
INDIANAPOLIS, April 6, 1998 - Notes and quotes from the Pep Boys Indy Racing League:
Another USAC star makes the jump: USAC standout Dan Drinan will drive in the Pep Boys Indy Racing League for D.B. Mann Motorsports starting at the Indianapolis 500, team officials announced April 2.
Drinan started a successful career in USAC Silver Crown, midget and sprint racing in 1981. Drinan won the midget feature at the prestigious Skoal Bandit Racing Copper World Classic in 1995 at Phoenix International Raceway, holding off Pep Boys IRL star Davey Hamilton. Drinan also is a highly respected builder of chassis and suspension components for Silver Crown and midget cars, and he has worked as a mechanic and fabricator for Indy-style car teams.
D.B. Mann Motorsports, based in Indianapolis, will field a Dallara/Aurora for Drinan, also from Indianapolis. The team entered the season-opening Indy 200 with Billy Roe as its driver but failed to qualify, lacking enough entrant points to make the field after qualifying was rained out. Roe joined Team Scandia last month.
Drinan, 37, is the second USAC star to climb to the Pep Boys IRL in the last week. Silver Crown and midget driver Donnie Beechler, 36, made his debut for a new team, Cahill Racing, on April 2 during a test session at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Both Drinan and Beechler must participate in the Rookie Orientation Program on April 14-15 at the Speedway. Drinan must take a refresher test. Beechler must take the entire rookie test.
Menard, six other teams enter Indy 500: Defending IRL entrant champion Team Menard leads a list of seven teams that entered the Indianapolis 500 in the last week.
Team Menard is fielding a car for drivers Tony Stewart and Robbie Buhl, and two other cars for drivers to be determined. Panther Racing also entered a multi-car effort for the Indianapolis 500 on May 24 with a car for Scott Goodyear and another for a driver to be determined.
Other entries, with driver: -Blueprint Racing: Driver to be determined -Chastain Motorsports: Stephan Gregoire -Immke Racing: Tyce Carlson