Chicagoland: Jim Hollenbeck preview

Hollenbeck, EAS Searching For Luck In Chicago Joliet, IL - - Experimental & Applied Sciences, Inc. return with Hollenbeck Motorsports and ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Jim Hollenbeck, as the series marches into the "windy city" for the running of ...

Hollenbeck, EAS Searching For Luck In Chicago

Joliet, IL - - Experimental & Applied Sciences, Inc. return with Hollenbeck Motorsports and ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Jim Hollenbeck, as the series marches into the "windy city" for the running of the Readyhosting.com 200 Saturday.

The ARCA RE/MAX Series is in the midst of completing three events in nine days. The first event started last Friday night at Toledo Speedway, followed up by their Labor Day tradition this past Monday on the dirt at DuQuoin to be followed by the Superspeedway of Chicagoland Speedway in conjunction with the Indy Racing league.

Hollenbeck Motorsports, operated in Kalamazoo, Michigan is looking to make their ARCA Superspeedway debut this weekend. The team attempted the Flagstar 200 in June at Michigan International Speedway, but woes throughout the weekend had the rookie team just miss the starting grid.

Joining Hollenbeck for his quest to capture the trophy on Saturday is primary sponsor EAS. They are no stranger to racing as they participated in the sponsorship of Hank Parker, Jr. in the NASCAR Busch Series back in 2001.

"We are looking forward to Chicagoland," said driver Jim Hollenbeck. "I am very honored to have the opportunity to once again carry the EAS name this weekend, you better believe we hope to make the best of it." He also noted "We are going to have a few representatives with us this weekend, I'm very happy that they are coming, I think they'll have a good time and see what the ARCA RE/MAX Series is all about."

The Hollenbeck Motorsports team participated in the Chicagoland Speedway open test session last month with optimistic results. "We were not as good as I would have liked at the test session," continued the 29-year old driver. "We are returning to the track this weekend with confidence. We've made some changes to our EAS machine and I really hope we can qualify solidly into the field, and finish as close to the front as possible."

The 2002 Ford Taurus that Hollenbeck will pilot is a former car that came from Nextel Cup's Haas/Carter Motorsports. The horsepower will be supplied by championship engine builder Ernie Elliott. "There's no doubt that we have solid equipment to compete. The car is there, the engine is good, however the driver has to be 100% on top of his game this weekend," continued the Kalamazoo, Michigan native.

The goals for EAS Racing team this weekend are simple. "We have practice session, and qualifying on Thursday, with a final round of practice on Friday. We look to be in the top-twenty in all of those sessions." "We're sticking by our motto, it doesn't matter where you start, it matters where you finish," added the second generation driver.

Saturday also marks the three-year anniversary of nine-eleven, when the United States was attacked by terrorists. This day has a special meaning to Hollenbeck and his team, and they would like nothing more then to remember the men, women, and children that died on that tragic day.

"We will never forget nine-eleven," Hollenbeck stated. "It's a day where our lives changed forever. As a team we will take a moment of silence on Saturday, remembering the people that died, while also giving thanks to the troops over seas who are keeping us safe, and giving us the freedom to race."

Unless more sponsorship appears following Chicagoland, this will be the last event for the team this season. With a monkey latched on to their back for most of their limited schedule season, the team would like to race out of the season with a bang! "This was not the season we were looking for," said the driver of car 48. "We had high hopes with new equipment, but we would encounter one problem after another and it really played havoc with our plans for the season."

Hollenbeck, who is expecting his first child with wife Tera this December concluded "If we can go to Chicago, make the field, and finish within the top-ten by Saturday afternoon, our frustration will turn into optimism for 2005."

The ReadyHosting.com 200 is the 20th of 22 events on the 2004 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. Practice is on tap Thursday morning beginning at 11:00am, with qualifying on tap that afternoon starting at 4:00pm. The race will take the green flag Saturday, September 11th. The Speed Channel will broadcast the race live with coverage beginning at 2:00pm EST.

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