IPS: Brian Stewart Racing to run 2002 season

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2002 - Veteran open-wheel team Brian Stewart Racing will field the No. 3 car in the 2002 Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series, team owner Brian Stewart announced Feb. 13. A longtime Indy Lights stalwart, Brian...

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2002 - Veteran open-wheel team Brian Stewart Racing will field the No. 3 car in the 2002 Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series, team owner Brian Stewart announced Feb. 13.

A longtime Indy Lights stalwart, Brian Stewart Racing recorded 361 starts in the development series between 1988-2001. One of the program's most consistently competitive organizations, Brian Stewart Racing earned 31 wins, 27 pole positions and two series championships.

"I'm happy to be in the Infiniti Pro Series," owner Stewart said. "It's the road to Indy, and Indy has always been our goal. For the past few years, we deviated from that course. Now we're back on track.

"I think the Infiniti Pro Series is going to be great, and we're going to do our best to make it even greater. We bring a very strong work ethic to the series. If teams want to compete with us, they'll have to work just as hard."

Brian Stewart Racing, which maintains a race shop in Sutton, Ontario, outside Toronto, has fielded cars for such open-wheel standouts as Paul Tracy, Cristiano da Matta, Bryan Herta and Indy Racing League race winner Jaques Lazier. A driver for Stewart's Infiniti Pro Series car has not been announced.

"I'm delighted to have someone like Brian Stewart, who has such a history of success in open-wheel competition, join us in the new Infiniti Pro Series," said Roger Bailey, executive director of the Infiniti Pro Series.

The inaugural season of the new development series will begin July 7 at Kansas Speedway and culminate with the Sept. 14 season finale at Texas Motor Speedway. Nashville Superspeedway, Michigan International Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Gateway International Raceway and Chicagoland Speedway also will play host to Infiniti Pro Series events in 2002.

The 100-mile Infiniti Pro Series "sprints" will take place at the same track and on the same day as Indy Racing League events except for the Texas race, which will take place the day before the IRL's season-ending Chevy 500.

Infiniti Q45 engines will power new Dallara Automobili chassis built for the series, with Firestone Firehawk tires used exclusively on all cars. The V8 engines will produce approximately 450 horsepower for the single-seat winged chassis, providing an ideal training ground for the 650-horsepower, single-seat winged cars of the Indy Racing League.

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Jaques Lazier  , Bryan Herta , Roger Bailey , Cristiano da Matta