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JL West Motorsports Bussell goes back to His roots Former Kart Champ to compete in first road race of the Menards Infiniti Pro Series St. Petersburg, FL -- Menards Infiniti Pro Series rookie, Nick Bussell will take to the streets this ...

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Bussell goes back to His roots

Former Kart Champ to compete in first road race of the Menards Infiniti Pro Series

St. Petersburg, FL -- Menards Infiniti Pro Series rookie, Nick Bussell will take to the streets this weekend for the series' inaugural race in St. Petersburg. Bussell will drive the No. 21 West Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone for the event being held in conjunction with the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Sunday, April 4. Bussell, who celebrates his 22nd birthday April 1, hopes to celebrate with his first win in the series. The race will be televised at 3:00pm (EDT), Friday, April 8 on ESPN2.

A Michigan native, Bussell has an open-wheel, road racing background, with a season in the Formula Renault 2000 and Fran-Am 2000 after winning the World Karting Association Triple Crown in 2002.

After an open test on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on March 24th, the team is confident they will have the speed to compete for the win on the 1.8-mile, 14-turn street circuit. "Given that my roots are firmly planted in road racing, it's only natural that I have anticipated the first road race of the season", says Bussell. "After last week's test at IMS, I know who I'll need to beat, and they know they'll have to beat me. All bravado aside, it will be a fantastic race for both drivers and fans".

"The entire West Motorsports team is thrilled about St. Petersburg", says crew chief Tony Mizialko. "We are thrilled because we feel Nick will have the car to beat. The times at the IMS test are not indicative of our potential. We have a firm grasp on our road course set up, and expect a solid finish".

Formed in July 2002, the Menards Infiniti Pro Series is an essential stepping stone for drivers and teams striving to reach the pinnacle of open-wheel racing in America, the IRL IndyCar® Series.

Infiniti Q45 engines power Dallara Automobili chassis built for the series, with Firestone Firehawk tires used exclusively on all cars. The V8 engines produce approximately 450 horsepower for the single-seat winged chassis, providing an ideal training ground for the 650-horsepower, single-seat winged cars of the IndyCar Series.

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