Paul Dana will return to the Indy Racing League Menards Infiniti Pro Series in 2004, moving to Hemelgarn/Johnson Motorsports, team owners Ron Hemelgarn and Roger Johnson announced last week.

Dana will compete in his second year in the Pro Series driving the #91 Ethanol Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone.

"I'm thrilled that Ron has given me this opportunity," Dana said. "Hemelgarn/Johnson have shown they can win in the Pro Series, and it's amazing to have the chance to work with an organisation that has won the IndyCar Series championship and the Indy 500."

In his rookie season, Dana earned six top-10 finishes in 10 events.

"As for next season, it looks like we'll have a chance to do some decent preseason testing, which I didn't have last year, so I think we'll be very well prepared," Dana said. "There's a winning tradition with this team, and I hope to be able to keep that alive."

Hemelgarn Racing won the 1996 Indianapolis 500 and the 2000 IRL IndyCar Series championship with Buddy Lazier.

"I'm confident we can help Paul further develop his racing skills in the Pro Series, and with a little luck we'll pick up a couple more wins," Hemelgarn said. "We're extremely excited to be associated with Ethanol."



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