Another Treadway On The Way?

Twenty-five-year-old Rick Treadway’s hope of competing in some Indy Racing Northern Light Series races next season received a boost recently when he passed his IRNLS rookie test at Texas Motor Speedway.

Treadway, son of IRNLS team owner Fred Treadway, reached a top speed of 211 during his test.

That was the first step. The next one consists of finding a sponsor willing to back him.

"We’re working with a couple of potential sponsors right now," Treadway said. "We may run two races next year, but hopefully we can find a sponsor to do the whole series."

Treadway completed the test in the No. 55 Treadway-Racing machine usually driven by Shigeaki Hattori.

Jim Work, a consultant at Treadway-Hubbard Racing, expects Treadway to be competing in the IRNLS someday.

"He’s been wanting to get his hands on an Indy car. He’s doing real well," Work said. "At some point he’s gonna drive one of these things officially."

An IRNLS rookie test consists of four phases of 10 laps run of increasing speeds. The first phase is 190 to 195 mph, the second is 195-200 mph, the third is 200-205 mph and the final phase is 10 laps above 205 mph.

Treadway is a graduate of USAC Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown competition. He lives in Indianapolis.

He joins a growing list of drivers who have passed their IRNLS rookie tests, including Tracy Hines, Derek Davidson, Kasey Kahne, Dave Darland, Russ Gamester and Jerry Coons Jr. from the USAC ranks, Dayton Indy Lights Championship driver Cory Witherill, road racer Chris Bingham, late model driver Brandon Erwin and Chris Pook.

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