INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, June 25, 2003 -- Midget racing veteran Sarah McCune will test an IRL Infiniti Pro Series car for Sam Schmidt Motorsports on June 27 at Kentucky Speedway. The test will mark the first time a female short-track...
INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, June 25, 2003 -- Midget racing veteran Sarah McCune will test an IRL Infiniti Pro Series car for Sam Schmidt Motorsports on June 27 at Kentucky Speedway.
The test will mark the first time a female short-track standout has driven one of the 450-horsepower Infiniti Pro Series machines. Road racer Mishael Abbott tested a Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone in November 2002 at Kentucky Speedway.
"I'm really excited about the opportunity to test an Infiniti Pro Series car," said McCune, 25. "Sam Schmidt Motorsports is a great team. Right now we're looking for sponsorship, and hopefully I'll have the opportunity to run the rest of the Pro Series season."
McCune, from Perrysburg, Ohio, began racing quarter-midgets at age 11. In 1996, she became the first woman to win an ARCA Midget feature event. In 1997, she became the first woman to win a North American Auto Racing Series (NAMARS) feature en route to second place in the series point standings.
McCune competed in the USAC Midget Car series from 1998-99, becoming the first woman to finish in the top five in a national event. In 2000, she competed in both NAMARS and USAC Midget events and also tested a Team Pelfrey IndyCar Series car at Walt Disney World Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway Between 2001 and 2002, McCune campaigned a limited schedule of USAC Midget events and also tested a Roush Racing NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series machine.
The Infiniti Pro Series is the official development series for the Indy Racing League. During the 12-race 2003 schedule, drivers will compete on the same tracks in conjunction with IRL IndyCar Series events. Drivers include Arie Luyendyk Jr., son of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk, Freedom 100 winner Ed Carpenter and series points leader Mark Taylor.