Three IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series teams will conduct a private test January 18 and 21 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in conjunction with the IndyCar Series' Open Test.

Defending Menards Infiniti Pro Series champion Sam Schmidt Motorsports, along with Roth Racing and Genoa Racing, will test cars on the 2.21-mile road course on January 18 and on the 1.5-mile oval on January 21.

Americans Chris Festa and Travis Gregg comprise the Schmidt team, while Marty Roth will drive for Roth Racing and James Chesson and Larry Connor will test with Genoa Racing.

"Testing at Homestead is a great opportunity to work on both elements of the season, road course and oval, back-to-back," said Sam Schmidt, owner of Sam Schmidt Motorsports.

"For our team specifically, we have a nice combination in Travis and Chris. Travis has the oval experience from running three races with us last year, and Chris has the more-recent experience of running on road courses. Hopefully, they'll get a lot of time on track together to help each other adapt to the new type of racing each will be doing. There's a lot we want to accomplish."

Chesson also is looking forward to the test.

"This is an important test for me, because I've never raced on a road course," he said.

Chesson earned one victory in three starts with Nunn Motorsports last season. He previously raced in World of Outlaws and USAC National Midget series.

Roth has competed in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series in each of the last three seasons and made his IndyCar Series debut last year at the Indianapolis 500. Connor has raced sports cars for more than 10 years.

Menards Infiniti Pro Series teams are allowed five days of private testing each year. The first Open Test for the Menards Infiniti Pro Series will be February 8 at Phoenix International Raceway. The 2005 season begins on March 6 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

 

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