Lights On For Pro Series
February 13, 2002 | 12:00 A.M. EST
Shortly after the Indy Racing League announced its plan for a developmental series last season, CART’s feeder series, the Dayton Indy Lights Championship Series, folded.
Several Indy Lights teams have moved over to the Pro Series, the most recent of which is Brian Stewart Racing.
Stewart, an Indy Lights team owner from 1988-2001, announced Wednesday that he will field the No. 3 in the Pro Series’ inaugural season this year.
“I'm happy to be in the Infiniti Pro Series,” Stewart said. “It's the road to Indy, and Indy has always been our goal. For the past few years, we deviated from that course. Now we're back on track.
“I think the Infiniti Pro Series is going to be great, and we're going to do our best to make it even greater. We bring a very strong work ethic to the series. If teams want to compete with us, they'll have to work just as hard.”
Former Indy Lights team Roquin Motorsports announced its Pro Series plans Monday.
Along with 31 wins, Brian Stewart Racing won the Indy Lights title twice. CART drivers Paul Tracy, Bryan Herta and Cristiano da Matta and IRL driver Jaques Lazier are among the drivers who have competed under the Stewart banner. Stewart has not announced his Pro Series driver.
“I'm delighted to have someone like Brian Stewart, who has such a history of success in open-wheel competition, join us in the new Infiniti Pro Series,” said Roger Bailey, executive director of the Infiniti Pro Series.
The inaugural Pro Series season begins July 7 at Kansas Speedway.