INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- July 19, 2002 -- Tony Renna, Kelley Racing test driver and driving coach for Jason Priestley, was named this week to drive the Kelley Racing ...
INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- July 19, 2002 -- Tony Renna, Kelley Racing test driver and driving coach for Jason Priestley, was named this week to drive the Kelley Racing #7 Corteco/Bryant Indy Racing League car in the Firestone Indy 200 this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway.
RENNA ON THE OPPORTUNITY TO DRIVE THE KELLEY RACING #7 CORTECO/BRYANT CAR:
"Obviously, this is the opportunity of a lifetime for me and I am first very fortunate to have been brought into the Kelley Racing family this season to test for them as well as coach Jason Priestley. I, like every team member at Kelley Racing, certainly wish the circumstances were different, but a strong team puts adversity behind them and rises to the challenge. We are determined to continue the strong performance of the Corteco/Bryant car.
"Having passed my IRL Rookie Test at Texas, I am comfortable with getting in the car and racing this weekend. I want to have a good finish for Kelley Racing and Corteco/Bryant. I know I have an excellent crew who is the best on pit road.
My crew chief, John Worth and my engineer, Mike Colliver, will do everything they can to get me comfortable in the car as quickly as possible which will translate to us getting up to speed."
RENNA ON RACING AT NASHVILLE SUPERSPEEDWAY:
"We tested here last week which gave me a good feel for the track. My laps were all in the HomeMed Infiniti car working with Jason (Priestley) and his crew so it will be another adjustment to hop into the Corteco/Bryant car and learn what it wants on this track.
"Racing on concrete tracks is always a unique challenge. The car setup is different as is the feedback you get to work with but we are at least not starting from zero so I am confident we will be ok when it comes to qualifying and then the race."
Tony Renna: Driver Profile
Height/Weight: 5'7" 135 lbs
Residence: Las Vegas, Nevada
Marital Status: Single
Birth date: November 23, 1976, Deland, FL
Joined Team: 2002
Fitness Regimen: Running, swimming, cycling, and weight training
Personal Note: Served as batboy for the New York Yankees as a kid
2001: Contested two Speed vision World Challenge GT events for TC Kline Racing
2000: Entered PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship with PacWest Racing Group
Finished 5th Overall in Championship with 3 podium finishes (Michigan, Chicago, Fontana)
Served as Pack West's official Champ Car testing and development driver.
1999: Contested five PPG-Dayton Indy Lights events for PacWest Racing Group (Milwaukee, Portland, Cleveland, Toronto, Fontana). Qualified second, led 38 laps, and finished third in PacWest debut at Milwaukee. Captured provisional pole at Cleveland. Finished sixth at Fontana season Finale.
1998: Entered PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship with Mattco Raceworks
Finished eighth Overall as a rookie. Scored First Indy Lights win at Michigan Speedway.
Captured two pole positions. Earned one third-place finish and four top five results in ten races.
1997: Competed in seven races in the Barber Dodge Pro Series
Earned three podium finished and two pole positions
Contested one race in the U.S. Formula Ford 2000 Championship with DSTP Motorsports
1996: Named 'Rookie of the Year in the Barber Dodge Pro Series
Earned three podium finishes and tow pole positions
Winner of the Valvoline Team USA Scholarship
Captured a silver medal for Team USA at Nations Cup VII with teammate Jerry Nadeau (Donington Park, England)
Chosen as a finalist fro the Team Green Academy (top 5 of 25 drivers in competition)
Candidate for the Lynx Racing Scholarship
1995: Competed in British Formula 3 (Class B)
Scored one win, three pole positions, and three third place finishes.
Posted two fastest laps and earned one new lap record.
Winner of the Skip Barber Big Scholarship
Awarded automatic entry into 1996 Barber Dodge Pro Series
1994: Series Champion, Skip Barber Formula Ford Series
Earned eight victories and three second place finishes
1993: Entered Skip Barber Formula Ford Series
Finished tenth overall.
Captured one victory, and seven podium finishes. Set new course record at Watkins Glen (NY).
1982-1992: Two Time National Quarter Midget Champion
Earned over 250 victories in mini-sprints, micro-sprints, karts, and quarter midgets