Alex Garcia, No. 98 Dixien-OmniSource Corporation Chevrolet Circuit City 250 Presented by FUNAI Fast Facts
Wednesday May 2, 2007
Alex Garcia, Transnet Racing, No. 98 Dixien-OmniSource Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
NASCAR Busch Series Race No. 11, Circuit City 250 Presented by FUNAI
Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Virginia
Race Information: Event: Circuit City 250 Presented By FUNAI, Friday, May 4th, at 8:00 PM Local Time
Track: Richmond International Raceway Qualifying: Friday, May 4th at 4:05 PM Local Time
Track Length: 0.75-mile D-Shaped Oval
All Left Turns: Transnet Racing, founded in 2001, will attempt to make its first start on an oval track in the NASCAR Busch Series (NBS). The organization, which made its NBS debut in the Telcel-Motorola Mexico 200 at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico, had a promising run on the 2.518 mile road course, finishing 34th. The team announced that it would run a partial 2007 NASCAR Busch Series season in December of last year, following several successful years of open-wheel competition.
Short Track Experience: Richmond International Raceway will not be the team's first short track effort. Garcia made his ARCA RE/MAX Series debut last September at Salem Speedway, a wicked 0.555-mile paved short track in Indiana. Garcia started the event 28th, and brought home a 20th place finish.
Under The Lights: The Circuit City 250 Presented by FUNAI is the first NBS night race for Transnet Racing. The race, which begins at 8:00 PM Eastern Time, will be run entirely under the lights. This is only the second night race of the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series Season.
Venezuelan Pride: Garcia, a native of Caracas, Venezuela, made international news in March when he became the first Venezuelan to ever race in NASCAR. This weekend, the No. 98 Dixien/OmniSource Chevrolet will be running a very special Venezuelan flag-themed paint scheme, proudly flying the yellow, blue, and red colors of his native country. The team's primary sponsor, Dixien LLC, is a Hispanic Minority Business Enterprise.
A Rarity In The Sport: Driver Alex Garcia is in unique position in NASCAR, as he is one of only a few drivers playing two roles on race weekends. In addition to piloting the No. 98 Dixien/OmniSource Chevrolet, Garcia also performs the key role of team owner. Garcia, who has been participating in professional motorsports for over eight years, has owned his cars and his team since the beginning of his career.
Timing Is Everything: Transnet Racing is one of 16 teams that will be required to make it into this weekend's race on time. The team will be putting every effort into assuring that the Dixien/OmniSource Chevrolet not only makes the race, but begins with a competitive starting position. The team is bringing chassis No. 005 to the track, which is the newest car in the Transnet Racing stable.
The Younger Crowd: The Transnet Racing crew is one of fresh, young talent, but don't let their ages fool you. The enthusiastic and capable crew members are rich in experience. In addition to many being graduates of the NASCAR Technical Institute, each has an impressive background in Motorsports, ranging from work in the late model and open-wheel ranks, to experience with some of NASCAR's biggest and most successful teams.
In Memoriam: Alex Garcia, along with the rest of the NASCAR Busch Series field, will be sporting a Virginia Tech decal above the B-post of the No. 98 Transnet Racing Chevrolet in memory of the lives lost in last month's shooting on the Blacksburg, Virginia campus. All three of NASCAR's premier series' have been running the logo since the April 20 event at Phoenix International Raceway.
Transnet Racing, Richmond International Raceway Pre-Race Quotes:
Alex Garcia, driver of the No. 98 Dixien-OmniSource Corporation Chevrolet:
On The Previous Race (Mexico): "I'm real excited about our oval debut in the NASCAR Busch Series. Mexico was a great experience for the whole team. Being a road course, it was a great starting point for me in the series, and I hope to carry that momentum over to Richmond. "
On Richmond: "I feel good about Richmond. It's a very tough track, but I think we have a great car, both for qualifying and the race. I'm really looking forward to this weekend. It's going to be a good race."
On The Transition From Open-Wheel To Stock Cars: "It hasn't been easy, but nothing is in racing. I'm glad that Transnet Racing has set some goals for ourselves in stock car racing and I know that we will meet them all in time. This is the place to be and we're just excited to be a part of it."
Jason RochÃ©, crew chief of the No. 98 Dixien-OmniSource Corporation Chevrolet:
On The Upcoming Weekend: "Our team is very upbeat, and we're looking forward to racing under the lights at Richmond. We really want to showcase our young team's abilities this weekend. Our entire team is confident in the performance of the car, as well as Alex's abilities. We feel extremely prepared for this weekend."
On Qualifying On Time: "Practice time is crucial, because we need to have everything just right by the time we qualify. Obviously, qualifying with strength is job No. 1, and preparing for the race is job No. 2. We have a committed, young group and morale is very high. We're ready to compete with the best."
Driver/Team: Transnet Racing, Alex Garcia on the web: http://www.transnetracing.com
Sponsor: Dixien LLC on the web: http://www.dixien.com
Sponsor: OmniSource Corporation on the web: http://www.omnisource.com
About Dixien LLC:
Dixien, LLC. is a full service, tier one supplier of Metal Stampings, Welded Assemblies and Plastic Components based in Georgia. The Hispanic Minority Business Enterprise has been an automotive OEM supplier since 1982 with a customer base that includes BMW, Ford, Nissan, Electrolux, and others. Business has expanded through the years, and today Dixien is a highly respected supplier to the automotive and outdoor power equipment industries, operating two metal products plants in Atlanta and one plastic products plant in Macon. Dixien’s operations in the Southeast all share a tradition of commitment to quality craftsmanship. These beliefs are exemplified in their quality policy: “Zero defects. Excellence in everything we do.”
About OmniSource Corporation:
OmniSource Corporation is the largest privately held scrap processor in the United States. OmniSource can provide a variety of services, from vacuum processing of alloy solids to scrap management services for a variety of industry segments. They are also a processor of metal bearing waste streams that would contain residual nickel and/or cobalt. Their singular focus for over 60 years on scrap processing and transportation, marketing and brokerage, management, and consulting has fueled their growth into one of the leading scrap recycling companies in North America, handling over 6 million tons of Ferrous scrap and 700 million pounds of Non-Ferrous metals annually.
Practice – Friday at 8:30 - 9:40 AM, EST
Rookie Practice Friday at 9:40-10:10 AM, EST
Final Practice – Friday at 10:10 - 11:10 AM, EST
Qualifying – Friday at 4:05 PM, EST
TV - NASCAR Countdown pre-race coverage can be seen live on ESPN2 at 7:30 PM EST, Followed by the Circuit City 250 Presented by FUNAI on ESPN2 at 8:00 PM EST
Radio - The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will broadcast pre-race coverage at 7:30 PM EST.
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