Dallas based teenager CR Crews is poised to become the youngest driver ever to compete in an Indy Pro Series race after signing a deal to drive for Michael Crawford Motorsports in this weekend's Corning 100 at Watkins Glen.

Crews celebrated his 18th birthday on May 30th, so he'll be 18 years and five days old on race day.

"I am looking forward to my first start with the Indy Pro Series and with all the guys at Michael Crawford Motorsports," Crews said. "I wish I could have tested before this weekend, but with my 18th birthday just two days before the first practice at Watkins Glen it just wasn't possible.

"I know that this weekend is going to be a big challenge and I think that I am up to it," he added. "We have a very specific plan that we want to accomplish during each of the practice and qualifying sessions. When it comes race time, I will be ready."

Michael Crawford Motorsports is a new team, although its principal was the general manager for Sam Schmidt Motorsports since the end of the 2002 season through the end of the 2005 season. The latter team won the Indy Pro Series championship in 2004 and fielded three cars that finished in the top six in points in 2005.

"CR comes to our team with a great resume and a ton of potential," Crawford said. "He's a road-course racer with a lot of experience in the various formula that lead to the Indy Pro Series. The team had a competitive car at Watkins Glen last year and our expectations are to work with CR to achieve our best finish ever. We would also like to wish CR a happy 18th birthday. This means that he will be the youngest driver to compete in the Indy Pro Series, which is another first to add to his impressive resume."

Although this will be Crews' Indy Pro Series debut, he is very accomplished in other forms of open-wheel racing. He hopes to drive the remaining four Indy Pro Series road-course events this year and to compete in the series full-time in 2007. In addition to the Glen's 3.37-mile road course, the series' remaining road-course races for 2006 will be on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's 2.6-mile road course and a doubleheader on the 2.4-mile road course at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma.

Crews was winning local kart races at the age of 8. He continued winning on the national karting circuits before moving into formula cars. He won the first Formula Mazda race he ever entered at age 14. He missed two North American Pro Mazda Championship races in 2004, one due to age restrictions, but he still finished in the top-10 in the point standings that year.

He became the youngest driver to ever test a Daytona Prototype when Forest Barber let him drive the 2004 Rolex 24-winning Bell Motorsports DORAN JE4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway that December. Crews also tested a Renault Formula V6 at both Donington Park and Silverstone in England last year. He was slated to compete in Formula Atlantic this year but that programme is currently on hold due to budget constraints.


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