IPS: Lloyd Mack debut at Homestead with Sam Schmidt Motorsports

Lloyd Mack to make Infiniti Pro Series debut at Homestead-Miami. INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Feb. 24, 2003 -- Veteran karting and NASCAR short-track driver Lloyd Mack will make his IRL Infiniti Pro Series debut with Sam Schmidt Motorsports in the...

Lloyd Mack to make Infiniti Pro Series debut at Homestead-Miami.

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Feb. 24, 2003 -- Veteran karting and NASCAR short-track driver Lloyd Mack will make his IRL Infiniti Pro Series debut with Sam Schmidt Motorsports in the Miami 100 on March 2 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Mack, 21, is the younger brother of IRL IndyCar Series driver George Mack, who became the first African-American driver to compete full time in the IndyCar Series, in 2002. Lloyd Mack will drive the No. 6 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone entry with backing from On-Line Financial Services and Barstow Orthopedics.

Mack will be the first African-American driver to compete in the Infiniti Pro Series, the IRL's official development series.

"I'm very excited about it," Mack said of his debut. "My goals are to try to get as many top 10's as possible and try to get in the top 10 in points at the end of the year. There's a lot of competition in the Infiniti Pro Series, and that's one of the main reasons I accepted the offer from Mr. Schmidt to run it.

"I think it's an excellent stepping ground for me to try to eventually get to the IRL (IndyCar Series)."

Mack, who lives in Chino, Calif., won numerous regional karting championships and more than 100 karting victories between 1991-98. He finished second in the 1998 International Karting Federation Grand Nationals. Mack also finished in the top five in each of his five starts in the NASCAR Grand American Modified Series in 2002 and has competed in the NASCAR Super Late Models division.

For ticket information for the season-opening Miami 100 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, call (305) 230-RACE, visit www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com or any Ticketmaster outlet.

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Series Indy Lights
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