Tony Renna To Run for PacWest at Fontana

Indianapolis, IN (October 26, 1999) - American standout Tony Renna, who contested four events for the PacWest Lights organization earlier this year, will replace Frenchman Boris Derichebourg in the ...

Indianapolis, IN (October 26, 1999) - American standout Tony Renna, who contested four events for the PacWest Lights organization earlier this year, will replace Frenchman Boris Derichebourg in the #17 Motorola PacWest Lights entry at the PPG-Dayton Indy Lights season finale on October 31.

Derichebourg suffered a broken right tibia as a result of an October 10 automobile accident in his native Paris, and will sport a cast for at least a month.

"A car coming from the opposite direction swerved to avoid something and crashed right into me," he recounted. "It's very unfortunate that I can't race at Fontana, but it could have been a lot worse, I feel fine, but I can't do much."

The 21 -year-old series rookie piloted the #17 Motorola/CFF machine at the Detroit and Monterey events, and earned his first PPG-Dayton Indy Lights championship points with a ninth-place finish at the Laguna Seca road course.

"It's an unfortunate situation for Boris, and I'm sure he'll be back in the car soon," said Renna, who started second and finished third in his PacWest debut at Milwaukee. "Obviously, it's a great opportunity for me, and I'm thrilled to work with all of the PacWest guys again."

The 22-year-old Indy Lights sophomore is the defending polesitter for the Fontana event. Renna led 31 laps of the 50-lap 1998 season finale en route to a third place finish.

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Boris Derichebourg , Tony Renna