Treadway Hubbard Create Joint IRL Team

Indy Racing Northern Light Series teams Treadway Racing and Hubbard Racing have merged their operations, creating one new team in the IRNLS.

The deal was finalized during the teams’ visit to Sparta, Ky., where the IRNLS ran its inaugural race on that city’s new 1.5-mile oval.

"Diana and Ross Hubbard are terrific partners for the new millennium of racing in the Indy Racing Northern Light Series," Fred Treadway said. "They are both natives of Indiana and racing is in their blood.

"I am looking forward to a successful 2001 season and a run for the championship."

Treadway-Hubbard Racing will announce its 2001 driver and sponsor at a later date, but in the season finale at Texas Motor Speedway on Oct. 15, the team will field cars for Robby McGehee and Shigeaki Hattori from Treadway’s team and Tyce Carlson from Hubbard.

"Hubbard Racing sees this joint effort as a logical continuance of our desire to race competitively," said Ross Hubbard, owner of Hubbard Racing. "Diana and I are committed to fielding a first class team and the association with Treadway will further accelerate progress toward our goals."

"We are excited about our 2001 season, and the ability to run Tyce with a championship team at Texas."

In July, Fred Treadway, one of the original owners in the IRNLS, told The Indianapolis Star that his team was in financial trouble and might not be able to run the IRNLS 2001 schedule. The merger with Hubbard might have been Treadway’s move to stay alive in the series where he’s had much success.

In 1997, Treadway won the Indianapolis 500 with Arie Luyendyk. The team has four other wins, 19 top fives and 29 top-10 finishes in 42 IRNLS events. There have also been two Indy 500 poles credited to Treadway Racing. In the past two seasons, Treadway drivers have led at 13 of the past 18 races.

Hubbard has a best finish of eighth, achieved this season in April at Las Vegas with Carlson behind the wheel.

Treadway-Hubbard Racing will have a marketing presence in Las Vegas, as well as at its team headquarters in Indianapolis.

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