IPS: 2004 preview of Kenn Hardley Racing

2004 Menards Infiniti Pro Series Preview - Kenn Hardley Racing Pollard Looks to Future with Kenn Hardley INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004 -- Thirty years ago, Brad Pollard watched his cousin, Art, race in the Indianapolis 500. A dream of...

2004 Menards Infiniti Pro Series Preview - Kenn Hardley Racing
Pollard Looks to Future with Kenn Hardley

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004 -- Thirty years ago, Brad Pollard watched his cousin, Art, race in the Indianapolis 500. A dream of competing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was born.

Pollard's dream comes one step closer to reality in 2004 as he drives for Kenn Hardley Racing in the IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series. Pollard, who captured the 2002 SCCA Formula Mazda National Division Championship by winning 14 of 21 races, debuted in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series with two races last year.

"Brad is a quality individual that brings a tremendous amount of talent and personality to our team," Hardley said.

A new driver/owner combination means there is a feeling out process as each entity learns to work with each other. It was evident is the two Open Tests at Homestead-Miami Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway.

"We had a real conservative approach, getting me used to the team, the car and Homestead," Pollard said after the first testing session. "We went quicker and quicker as the day went along and got ourselves to a point where I think we are comfortable with the race set-up."

Two weeks later, the team turned more laps (224) than any other in Phoenix.

"On the last session of the day, Dave Conti and Mark Olson gave me a set-up that felt like a familiar pair of shoes and we were fast," Pollard said. "All I know is I could point that car in any direction, keep my right foot in it and know exactly what the car was going to do."

Hardley, a corporate sponsor in the IndyCar Series several years ago, is back for his second season as a team owner in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series. Hardley teamed with driver Paul Dana for eight races and Billy Roe for four races last year. Roe recorded the team's best result with a fifth-place finish at California Speedway.

CAPSULE LOOK AT KENN HARDLEY RACING
Sponsor: XBOX/ISI
Chassis/engine: Dallara/Infiniti
Owners: Kenn Hardley
Driver: Brad Pollard
Team manager: Mark Olson
Crew chief: Mark Olson
Chief mechanic: Steve Fried
Engineer: Dave Conti

OWNER VIEWPOINT

Kenn Hardley: "We're very pleased to have Brad Pollard as our driver this year. With XBOX as our primary marketing partner, we're excited about the upcoming Menards Infiniti Pro Series."

DRIVER VIEWPOINT

Brad Pollard: "I am very excited about this opportunity to drive for Kenn Hardley Racing. It's great to be a part of this series and I look forward to working with the fine team that Kenn has assembled. I appreciate their confidence in me and will try my best to represent the team and the series well."

The 2004 IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series season begins with the Homestead-Miami 100 at 11:45 a.m. (EST) on Feb. 29, 2004, at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Billy Roe , Paul Dana , Brad Pollard , Mark Olson