Priestley set for first test in ...
Priestley set for first test in #7 Homemed Kelley Racing Infiniti Pro Series entry at Michigan International Speedway.
BROOKLYN, MI June 20, 2002 ~ Jason Priestley will climb in the cockpit of the #7 HomeMed Kelley Racing Infiniti Dallara for the first time to test at Michigan International Speedway. The private test is in preparation for the July 7 inaugural event of the Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series event at Kansas Speedway.
"I am excited to get in the car and start working with my team," said Priestley. "Testing is very crucial in developing the communication necessary to build a strong team unit. Time will be of a premium on race weekends. I have to be able to give the team as much information as possible to get the car qualifying then race ready in a short period of time. We need to maximize every minute of these testing sessions."
Kelley Racing has organized a strong team to support Priestley's efforts in the newly formed series. Jimmy Johnson will serve as crew chief with Ray Gossilin as engineer and Tony Renna will be Priestley's driver coach.
"This opportunity with Kelley Racing and HomeMed Pharmacy is exactly what I have been working toward as a professional race driver," continued Priestley. They have provided me with the absolute best in team members and equipment. I am dedicated to this program and focused on our goals.
"Actually, there are several parallels between acting and racing," Priestley concluded. "The most obvious is the concentration and focus it takes to perform at the top of your game for extended periods of time. These skills are crucial during long races under highly competitive conditions. Technical tracks and weather conditions will add to the need to stay focused. All of the components are in place and this HomeMed team has tremendous potential for success. I just want to get started."
Kelley Racing announced their partnership with HomeMed and plans to enter Priestley in the Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series on April 16, 2002.
HomeMed is a full-service, direct delivery pharmacy and provider of prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medications and is a subsidiary of Standard Management located in Indianapolis.
The Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series is a support series to be used as a training ground for drivers aspiring to compete in the premier open-wheel series in America, the Indy Racing League. The inaugural season begins on July 7 at Kansas Speedway and concludes at Texas Motor Speedway on September 14. Each driver competing will be driving a Dallara chassis powered by Infiniti Q45 engines that will produce approximately 450 horsepower. All teams in the series will also be on Firestone Firehawk tires.
The series consists of seven 100-mile events and will be broadcast on ESPN2 and distributed worldwide through ESPN International. Along with Kansas and Texas, other venues include Nashville Superspeedway on July 20, Michigan International Speedway July 28, Kentucky speedway August 11, Gateway International Raceway August 25 and Chicagoland Speedway on September 8.
For more information on Kelley Racing, Jason Priestley, HomeMed and the Infiniti Pro Series, log on to www.kelleyracing.com, www.HomeMed.com or www.indyracing.com.