Fontana, CA (October 30, 1999) - Young open-wheel phenom Tony Renna has signed a five-year contract with PacWest Racing Group, Team Owner Bruce R. McCaw officially announced today, The 22-year-old American will contest a full season of PPGDayton...
Fontana, CA (October 30, 1999) - Young open-wheel phenom Tony Renna has signed a five-year contract with PacWest Racing Group, Team Owner Bruce R. McCaw officially announced today, The 22-year-old American will contest a full season of PPGDayton Indy Lights competition in 2000, and serve as PacWest's Champ Car testing and development driver.
"It's the chance of a lifetime, and I'm very grateful to Bruce McCaw for this opportunity," said Renna. "I really love working with the PacWest guys and I'm looking forward to a very long-term relationship with the team, I think a lot of good things will happen."
"We're very pleased to have Tony as part of our team," commented McCaw. "PacWest is dedicated to developing outstanding talent, and we're proud to have the chance to work with a driver of Tony's caliber. He has already made significant contributions to the PacWest organization, and we look forward to a long and successful relationship with this talented young driver."
PacWest Vice President of Business Operations Steve Fusek thanked journalist Jeremy Shaw for his development of the Team USA Scholarship, a program that champions talented young American drivers- "It was through Jeremy and the Team USA program that PacWest first became aware of Tony (who won the scholarship in 1996)", explained Fusek. "PacWest is happy to join Team USA in supporting up-and-coming American racers,"
Renna contested four events for the PacWest Lights organization earlier this year and is replacing injured Frenchman Boris Derichebourg in the #17 Motorola PacWest Lights entry at this weekend's PPG-Dayton Indy Lights season finale.
The Indy Lights sophomore made his Champ Car debut at Sebring earlier this season, piloting a 1998 PacWest Reynard at a Reynard development test. "The test was a great opportunity to get a feel for the Champ Car, and I'm excited that I'll be doing more Champ Car testing next season," remarked Renna- "I'm also looking forward to working with manufacturers like Reynard, Firestone, and Mercedes-Benz-"
Renna is the defending polesitter for this weekend's Fontana event. He led 31 laps of the 50-lap 1998 season finale an route to a third place finish.