Ann Arbor, MI (Thursday, August 7th, 2003) - - Jimmy Thiel, a rookie driver in the ARCA RE/MAX Series in 2003 is hoping to be a serious contender this weekend, as the teams make their second and final trip to Nashville Superspeedway, located just...
Ann Arbor, MI (Thursday, August 7th, 2003) - - Jimmy Thiel, a rookie driver in the ARCA RE/MAX Series in 2003 is hoping to be a serious contender this weekend, as the teams make their second and final trip to Nashville Superspeedway, located just outside of Nashville, Tennessee.
Thiel, has been impressive at points throughout his limited schedule, but circumstances beyond the team's control have ruined the team's chances at several top ten finishes.
"We've had a good year, we've qualified pretty well, and raced well, but we have not been able to securely close the deal, and that's what we're hoping to do in Nashville," said the Woodhaven, Michigan native.
"The team has suffered a lot of mechanical failures this year, but I've thing after buying some new parts and spending a lot of time on this car, our hard work will pay off this weekend."
In April, Thiel made his ARCA debut under the lights in the No. 39 CCIMNet powered by Catylist Pontiac. After qualifying 22nd, Jimmy stayed extremely clean and raced his way to a 15th place position that night. "We had a good run at Nashville in the spring, but I've think we've got more for them this weekend," Thiel added.
"The car was really getting better towards the end of the race, and I think if we would have fifty more laps, I would have had a top ten finish for sure, but I think we'll put that off this weekend."
The team heads back to Nashville with a different number and a smashing new paint scheme. "We're looking forward to unloading at Nashville," says car owner Dusty Whitney. "The guys in the shop have designed an incredible paint scheme on this No. 06 Pontiac Grand Prix and it's looks great, and I think we'll be a lot more visible on the track," he mentioned.
Both Jimmy and Dusty understand that this is one of the biggest weekend on their schedule as the race will be televised live on SPEED and be able to attract some valuable exposure for CCIMNet powered by Catylist.
"I've got to thank my sponsor, this is a big weekend for us, as we're already in negations about 2004, but here and Chicago will be to very crucial races for the Whitney Racing team, and I am confident that we are ready for them."
"Jimmy's a good driver and if we have the success that we think that we are going to have, I think CCIMNet will be pleased with the results this weekend," added Dusty.
The team plans to enter a few short track events, along with Chicago and Lowes in their ARCA RE/MAX Series tour in 2003. In addition to ARCA, the team is hoping to put Jimmy in at least one NASCAR Busch Series event before their season ends in Homestead, Florida in November.
"We're really looking at doing at least one NASCAR Busch race this year," said Whitney, who resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan. "We're looking at some cars, and talking to some people, so if happens great, if it don't we'll still remain focused on our ARCA program."
For Thiel, he knows the NASCAR Busch Series is a huge step forward, but welcomes that to the table. "If we are able to run in a Busch race this year great, If not, I'll still be plenty busy with ARCA and my late model program," said the 24 year old rookie.
The 14th event of the 2003 ARCA RE/MAX Series seasons returns to Nashville Superspeedway for the running of the Waste Management 200 this Saturday August 9th, 2003. The event will be televised live on the SPEED channel beginning at 4:00pm EST. For more information on the ARCA RE/MAX Series please log on to www.arcaracing.com