IPS: Priestley, Kelley Racing enter series

Kelley Racing announced today that Jason Priestley would drive the No. 7 Kelley Racing entry in the 2002 Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series. Priestley's car will be sporting a blue and green color scheme representative of his primary sponsor HomeMed,...

Kelley Racing announced today that Jason Priestley would drive the No. 7 Kelley Racing entry in the 2002 Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series. Priestley's car will be sporting a blue and green color scheme representative of his primary sponsor HomeMed, a national pharmacy that delivers directly to you -- wherever you are.

"When I became involved with open-wheel racing six years ago, I knew that we were becoming involved in one of the most thrilling racing series in the world -- the Indy Racing League," said Tom Kelley, owner of Kelley Racing. "Each day presents more exciting challenges and I can't express how pleased we are to be announcing our entry into the Infiniti Pro Series. Jason has proven himself as a competitive racer and I'm delighted to have such an excellent company as HomeMed coming on board to complete the picture."

Priestley, well known for his role as Brandon Walsh in the hit TV series 90210, is no stranger to professional racing. Spending four years in the IMSA series, his first win came at Mid-Ohio in 1998 in a Grand Am Sports car.

A veteran driver of 10 years, Priestley has had podium finishes in the California Rally Series, the SCCA Pro Rally Series, IMSA Firehawk, Magna Enduro and Sportscar GTS1. He has also competed in the Australian round of the World Rally Championships. Reaching speeds of 208 mph while racing in the 1998 24-Hours of Daytona, Priestley finished 10th while driving for Multimatic Racing.

"I'm really excited to be racing in the Infiniti Pro Series with, what I deem, the premier team in Indy Racing," said Priestley. "I'm not only pleased to have a quality company like HomeMed as my primary sponsor, but I'm also very proud to be representing an organization that is working so hard to make a positive impact in the world of healthcare."

Priestley prefers racing to acting, but agrees that his successful career in acting has opened doors to other opportunities such as racing. For example, his experience and knowledge in motorsports provided him with the opportunity of working for ABC/ESPN during the 2001 Indy Racing League season. Priestley worked in the broadcast booth alongside veteran announcers Bob Jenkins and Larry Rice providing color commentary for all Indy Racing events, including the prestigious Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.

A new partnership has been established between Kelley Racing and HomeMed Pharmacy. HomeMed will be the primary sponsor for Priestley's car and an associate sponsor for the No. 7 Corteco/Bryant car driven by Al Unser Jr. in the Indy Racing League. 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.

HomeMed also sells a complete selection of medical and respiratory supplies, ostomy products and nutritional supplements. Their company's primary goal is to educate their customers on how to maximize control of their health care expenses.

Ron Hunter is Chairman, President & CEO of Standard Management Corporation, a financial services company with nearly $2 billion in assets. Hunter has been a finalist four times for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and has recently authored a book entitled Vision Questing: Turning Dreams into Realities, which will also be featured on Priestley's car as an associate sponsor.

"We are about to tell a story showing there's a more convenient and affordable way," said Hunter. "We have both an opportunity and an obligation to make this work. Teamed with Jason and Kelley Racing, we are going to show American consumers why the HomeMed Pharmacy may very well become the nations pharmacy."

The Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series is a support series 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 Sept. 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 July 20, Michigan International Speedway July 28, Kentucky Speedway Aug. 11, Gateway International Raceway Aug. 25, and Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 8.

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Jason Priestley , Al Unser