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South African to contest Indy Pro Series
Kenn Hardley Racing will campaign driver Stephen Simpson in the Indy Pro Series™ in 2007, the team announced Feb. 19.

Simpson, who was born in Poole, England, has lived in Capetown, South Africa, for most of his life. The 23-year-old ran three races in the Champ Car Atlantic series in 2006 before concentrating on driving in the A1 Grand Prix representing South Africa.

"We are elated to have Stephen with us for the 2007 season,” team owner Kenn Hardley said. “Stephen is a young talent who we are very impressed with and who has driven in many types of open wheel race cars around the world. I don't believe it will take him long to acclimate himself to the Indy Pro Series or our team. The 24 car has finished second and third the last two years in the series with Jeff Simmons and Bobby Wilson, and I believe this will be another banner year with Stephen as our driver. Our team has worked very hard over the winter to put together another solid product.”

Simpson will be a rookie in the 16-race Indy Pro Series that competes on seven ovals and nine road courses throughout the United States.

2006 Indy Car Series Champion Sam Hornish JR, Executive Glass. "I'm very excited about the chance to race in the Indy Pro Series and to join Kenn Hardley Racing for this season,” Simpson said. “They are a great team to be with and we will be pushing hard to run up front this year." IndyCar.com

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