Fisher has work to do Cole Carter, son of 17-time Indy starter Pancho Carter, and Rocky Moran Jr. have been added to the Menards Infiniti Pro Series field for the May 27 Freedom 100. . . . SI.com - Racing - New perspective for Speedway, IRL boss George - Saturday May 21, 2005 7:27PM
Cole Carter, a third-generation driver whose father and grandfather combined for 28 starts in the Indianapolis 500, has entered the Freedom 100, part of the IRL's developmental Infiniti Pro Series. The Infiniti race will be on May 27, two days before the Indy 500. The 22-year-old Carter's father, Pancho Carter, drove at Indy 17 times, started from the pole in 1985 and had four top-10 finishes. His grandfather, Duane Carter, had three top-10 finishes in 11 Indy starts and was inducted into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame on Friday night.
Three rookie drivers, Cole Carter, Rocky Moran Jr. and German Quiroga, have been entered in Freedom 100 Menards Infiniti Pro Series race at the Speedway. Of the trio, Carter and Moran have links to the Speedway. Carter is a third generation driver at the Speedway. His grandfather Duane Carter started 11 Indianapolis 500s and his father, Pancho Carter made 17 starts.
Nineteen cars are entered for Friday's Freedom 100 Menards Infiniti Pro Series race at the Speedway. Al Unser and Marco Andretti will highlight the field that includes points leader Travis Gregg, USAC standout Jay Drake, Jeff Simmons, Chris Festa and third generation driver Cole Carter, who makes his debut in the series. *** Ronnie and Jeff Bucknum are the 19th father and son combination to have competed in the Indianapolis 500. Arie Luyendyk Jr. nearly added to the list of father son combinations but was bumped from the field on the final day of qualifying. Entries for the Freedom 100 include three third generation drivers: Al Unser, Marco Andretti and Cole Carter. Rocky Moran Jr., whose father competed in three Indy 500s (1988, '89, '90), makes his Menards Infiniti Pro Series debut in the Freedom 100.
Carter, 22, is a third-generation driver at Indianapolis . His grandfather, Duane, started 11 Indianapolis 500s, recording three top-10 finishes. Carterâ€™s father, â€œPanchoâ€�, won the pole position at Indianapolis in 1985 and recorded four top-10 finishes in 17 starts. Carter has competed in the USAC National Midget Series since 2000, finishing fourth in the points championship last year. He will drive the No. 77 American Revolution Racing entry.
That his Indy Racing League Menards Infiniti Pro Series rookie test was on the same day as his grandfather Duane's induction into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall wasn't lost on Cole Carter. "It's kind of a cool thing," said Carter, 22, a Brownsburg, Ind. , resident. "I'd love to have been there for his induction, but on the other hand I know he'd be excited that I was getting my first taste of Indy-style racing. It's kind of an "out with the old, in with the new" kind of thing. I know he'd tell me to go have fun and do my best. I'm sure he'd be really proud of me and confident I could represent the Carter name well."