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Infiniti Pro Series Press Conference Indianapolis Motor Speedway Saturday, May 25, 2002 Roger Bailery (Executive director, Infiniti Pro Series): (About Infiniti Pro Series purse structure): "When you look at the overall picture of the cost of...

Infiniti Pro Series Press Conference
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Saturday, May 25, 2002

Roger Bailery (Executive director, Infiniti Pro Series): (About Infiniti Pro Series purse structure):

"When you look at the overall picture of the cost of doing business in a series like this compared to the big series (Indy Racing) and the dollars available there, I think you'll all agree that $100,000 is a significant payout. There will be $25,000 to win, and we will pay all the way down to 20th place, which will pay $1,100. Someone asked me where the $1,100 came from, and it is the price of a set of Firestone tires."

Update on Infiniti Pro Series, in terms of car count, etc.):

"As of yesterday, per Dallara, we have 16 orders. Unfortunately, only 12 of those are paid for. Two of those remaining four are for teams I feel we have a commitment with. I think we'll have 16 to 18 cars for the first event. The first engines were shipped Friday, so we will have them in cars next week."

About interest in series:

"It's (interest in the series) has really picked up the last two or three weeks. We've has requests for more than 190 information packets, and it's getting to the point of 'tell me, show me, sell me.' We are going to be racing July 7 at Kansas, hell or high water, and I think it will be a great show. All you have to do is look around me this morning and see where this talent is coming from. I think if you add the accumulative age of the four people who are with me and they probably don't reach where I am today. That's significant because this is a series for people who seriously want to go racing. At the other program I was in, you had people who wanted to go racing in Formula One, and over there if you're not in a Formula One car by the time you're 18 or 20, they're about to toss you out. Everyone who's going to come to us will be 18, and I guarantee the next time they are here (in the WorldComplex Media Center), they will be racing out there, in the '500.'"

A.J. Foyt IV (Driver, A.J. Foyt Racing):

About learning from his grandfather, A.J. Foyt, that he will drive in the Infiniti Pro Series:

"It was a real big surprise for me because just a couple days ago I heard that we were going to sell our dirt car, so I kind of wondered what we were going to do and I thought, 'I guess I'll just be working on the pit crew for a while.' Today I get the announcement I'll be driving in the Infiniti Pro Series. I'm really looking forward to it, and it's a real big surprise."

On driving for his grandfather:

"I'm not expecting anything different from how he treats his drivers. I expect to be treated just the same, what he tells them to try to help them in the race cars. I know everything he tells me -- or hollers at me -- will be just for the good."

A.J. FOYT (Owner, A.J. Foyt Racing):

On the way his grandson will be treated as a team driver:

"Airton (Dare) is going to be on the radio, and like he told me, if he (A.J. IV) don't get with the program, he'll get fired." (Dare will be the driver coach for A.J. Foyt IV.)

Ed Carpenter (Driver, Sinden Racing Service):

"We had a Silver Crown race, the Hoosier 100, last night, and I had a good race going, but unfortunately we got on the cushion and ended up upside down. Ended my night a little early. Luckily I didn't get hurt, and I'm looking forward to July. (I'm) really looking forward to working with Team Menard. I've been involved with them for four years now, so this is a continuation of that relationship."

Arie Luyendyk Jr. (Driver, Luyendyk Racing):

"We're forming the team right now as we speak, and I have a really good engineer that we won't announce yet, but we will shortly. I think it's going to be great. We got our car in a few weeks ago. I'm kind of anxious to get in one (Infiniti Pro Series car) June 20."

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers A.J. Foyt IV , A.J. Foyt , Ed Carpenter , Arie Luyendyk Jr.