IRL: Fontana: Team Ethanol race report

ETHANOL CAR HAS A GREAT DAY IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FONTANA, Ca., October 16, 2005 - Southern California fans, along with Ethanol promotion winners Steve Bryant and Steve Cragen, were treated to a great show today at the California Speedway for...

ETHANOL CAR HAS A GREAT DAY IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

FONTANA, Ca., October 16, 2005 - Southern California fans, along with Ethanol promotion winners Steve Bryant and Steve Cragen, were treated to a great show today at the California Speedway for the 2005 IndyCar Series season finale. The #91 Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing Dallara/Toyota/Firestone started 19th on the grid today, but quickly moved through the field getting as high as 8th at one point during the race. Unfortunately for driver Jimmy Kite the team experienced a wheel gun failure during their second pit stop costing them a lap and a legitimate shot at a top-10 finish.

Despite the 13th place finish, team owner Ron Hemelgarn was happy with the day, as well as the way the season ended. "This was our best race all year. We made huge gains on handling. We could run with anybody today. I wish we could have another race."

"We had a good race car today," said driver Jimmy Kite. "I'd almost say that it was the best car I've had all year. The guys gave me great stops all year, so I can't complain about one bad stop. I'm very happy with the car I had today; we were able to run with the leaders all day."

The team was pleased that they were able to finish on such a strong note, having made enormous steps forward from the beginning of the season. The program has come through a difficult first year in the top level of the sport; laying a solid foundation for future success.

Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing is backed by a group of companies within the fast- growing ethanol industry, led by the major ethanol design-build firms Fagen Inc., ICM Inc., and Broin Companies. Ethanol is a high octane, high performance fuel that is clean burning, renewable and made in America. As a growing component of the United States' gasoline supply, ethanol delivers improved vehicle performance while reducing emissions and improving air quality.

The IndyCar Series has announced that it will switch to ethanol as its fuel source beginning with a 10% blend in 2006 and moving to 100% fuel-grade ethanol in 2007.

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Drivers Jimmy Kite