IPS: St. Pete: CR Crews race one, two notes

Crews Off to a Great Start in Indy Pro Series INDIANAPOLIS, April 4 - With three of 16 races complete, 18-year-old CR Crews is currently sixth in the 2007 Indy Pro Series driver point standings, just ahead of the 2005 champion, Wade ...

Crews Off to a Great Start in Indy Pro Series

INDIANAPOLIS, April 4 - With three of 16 races complete, 18-year-old CR Crews is currently sixth in the 2007 Indy Pro Series driver point standings, just ahead of the 2005 champion, Wade Cunningham.

Signing with Michael Crawford Motorsports right before the season opener, Crews got the year off to a solid start by finishing ninth at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla. on March 24. He followed that up with a tenth and a sixth-place finish in a doubleheader last weekend on the street course at St. Petersburg, Fla. Those races will be broadcast this Friday at 4:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN2.

What fans along the challenging, 1.8-mile St. Petersburg street course didn't know was that Crews was suffering from the flu on Sunday. He credits a fitness routine developed by Jim Leo of PitFit Training, Indianapolis, for giving him the mental and physical strength to be able to compete in the race.

Next on the schedule for Crews, a native of Dallas currently living in Indianapolis, is one of the biggest Indy Pro Series races of the year - the Freedom 100 on the oval at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday, May 25.

Crews will participate in an open test at IMS on Friday, April 27 to prepare for that race, which will be broadcast on a same-day, tape-delayed basis on ESPN2 at 4 p.m. EDT May 25.

In addition to following his daily training regimen, Crews continues to search for marketing partners to join his current sponsors, American Momentum Bank and Magnus Energy. If enough funding is found he'd like to complete the remainder of the 2007 Indy Pro Series schedule with Michael Crawford Motorsports. Crews competed in four of 12 Indy Pro Series events last year in his rookie season in the series, the official development series of IndyCar.

Crews is also speaking with several IndyCar teams about the possibility of participating in the Indianapolis 500 rookie orientation program (ROP) at IMS in early May as a step toward his goal of becoming the youngest driver to make the starting field in the 91-year history of the Indy 500.

-credit: crcrews.com.

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Series Indy Lights
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