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Crews to Compete in Chicagoland Indy Pro Series Race Saturday DALLAS, Sept. 5 - Experience really is the best teacher, and CR Crews will get more of it this weekend. The 18-year-old Dallas resident has been named to drive for Dave ...

Crews to Compete in Chicagoland Indy Pro Series Race Saturday

DALLAS, Sept. 5 - Experience really is the best teacher, and CR Crews will get more of it this weekend.

The 18-year-old Dallas resident has been named to drive for Dave McMillan Racing in the Indy Pro Series' season finale Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.

It will be Crews' fourth career start in the official support series of the Indy Racing League and his second on an oval. He's been in the top 10 in two of his previous three starts, and finished 11th in the other one.

In June Crews became the youngest race starter in Indy Pro Series history when he competed in the Corning 100 at Watkins Glen, N.Y. just five days after he turned 18. Two years ago he was the youngest driver in Star Mazda series history to score a podium finish when he finished third at Lime Rock, Conn. at the age of 16. Prior to that he competed in Formula Renault 1600 and go-karts.

The Chicagoland event will be Crews' first appearance with Dave McMillan Racing, based in Indianapolis. McMillan, a former champion driver, was the team manager and engineer for Keith Duesenberg Racing in 2003 and 2004, and he ran the car driven by Marco Andretti for Andretti Green Racing in 2005.

"We're looking forward to going to Chicagoland with CR," said McMillan, a New Zealander who won the 1982 Toyota Atlantic driver championship. "He's new at the ovals, and we're hoping that he can learn from us and we can have a good finish."

"I'm looking forward to racing at Chicagoland very much," Crews said. "The races there are always close, and I hope I can stay out of trouble and be there at the finish."

In last year's Indy Pro Series race on Chicagoland's 1.5-mile, D-shaped oval, the top six cars finished within 0.5727 of a second of each other. Three of the four Indy Pro Series races there have featured a margin of victory of less than 0.1 of a second.

Crews' Dallara will carry signage for Racersites.com, Magnus Energy Marketing, Zoom, Sign-a-Rama North Dallas and the CR Crews Capital Investment Group, among other companies.

Crews will fly to Indianapolis on Wednesday to be fitted for his seat in the car.

The pressure will be on immediately, because there won't be much time to work on the car's set-up before the race.

There are only two 45-minute practice sessions at 9 a.m. and noon on Friday before SWE Race Car Parts qualifying is held at 4:30 p.m. that day. On Saturday there's a half-hour of practice at 10 a.m. followed by the 100-mile, 67-lap race at 3:55 p.m.

-credit: crcrews/restart communications

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