SPRINT-CAR STAR KRUSEMAN TO MAKE IRL DEBUT AT TEXAS FORT WORTH, Texas, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2002 -- Popular sprint-car driver Cory Kruseman will make his Indy Racing League debut with PDM Racing in the Chevy 500 on Sept. 15 at Texas Motor ...
SPRINT-CAR STAR KRUSEMAN TO MAKE IRL DEBUT AT TEXAS
FORT WORTH, Texas, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2002 -- Popular sprint-car driver Cory Kruseman will make his Indy Racing League debut with PDM Racing in the Chevy 500 on Sept. 15 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Kruseman, 31, from Ventura, Calif., will drive the No. 18 PDM Racing, Inc. Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone on the 1.5-mile oval at Texas. The 300-mile race starts at 3 p.m. (EDT) and will be televised live on ABC.
"It's a dream of mine to run an Indy car," Kruseman said. "I'm pretty excited that I've got a great group of people behind me to help make this happen.
"I think my biggest goal is to go out and finish the race. I'd like to get all the laps to get all the experience I can and hopefully not go out and make any rookie mistakes. I think it's neat that a sprint car driver is actually making it. That's where we're all hoping to go, the Infiniti Pro Series and the IRL."
Kruseman passed the IRL rookie test with PDM in February 2002 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, completing the four-phase test in just 81 laps with an unofficial top speed of 207.6 mph.
Few American short-track drivers have enjoyed more success in recent years than Kruseman. He won the coveted USAC Valvoline Indiana Sprint Week championship this year, capturing four victories in the eight-race series.
Kruseman also is the reigning champion in the Sprint Car Racing Association series, as he won 15 features en route to the title in 2001. Kruseman is second in the 2002 SCRA standings with four victories in the series, based primarily on the West Coast.
In 2000, Kruseman won the prestigious Chili Bowl Midget Nationals at Tulsa, Okla., after finishing runner-up in the event in 1999. Kruseman also scored six SCRA victories in 2000 and finished second in the Non-Winged World Championship series, a title he won in 1999.
Kruseman, nicknamed "The Kruser," has shown his versatility by competing in a variety of vehicles, including USAC Silver Crown cars, sprint cars, midgets, three-quarter midgets, stock cars and karts.
He uses that vast experience to instruct students at the Cory Kruseman Sprint Car Driving School at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway. He started the school in 2000.
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