STOCKBRIDGE, Ga., Thursday, December 19, 2002 - Open wheel racing expert Jimmy Kite, 26, will add yet another highlight to his already impressive racing resume next month. Lehmann Racing and Kite announced today that the Georgia resident would compete in his first Chili Bowl Nationals midget race for longtime owner and driver Donny Lehmann. Kite will pilot the #30X Lehmann Racing/ Landrum Springs Pontiac-powered Maxim chassis in the 17th Annual Chili Bowl at the Tulsa (Oklahoma) Expo Center January 8-11, 2003.
"I asked Santa to bring me a midget for the Chili Bowl this year and he came though big-time. I told him I'd been real good and, I guess, I fooled him," joked Kite. "The Chili Bowl is such a tradition and the racing is just incredible. Donny Lehmann has given me a great opportunity with top-notch equipment in one of the biggest midget races of the year. I have always wanted to run this race and, for whatever reason, have just never had the chance. Good things come to those that wait and this opportunity is a very good thing."
Kite will team with Lehmann of Springfield, Illinois and dirt late model standout Scott Bloomquist of Moorseburg, Tennessee. The trio will race on Hoosier tires.
"There is no doubt the competition is going to be tough," continued Kite from his Georgia home. "The entry list is a who's-who of racing. It's going to be a battle every night just to make the show. It'll be my first time at the Chili Bowl and I have only raced a midget on dirt once in the last few years. It'll be a challenge. I can't wait. I have two awesome teammates and I think we can give Lehmann Racing some great results. I am really looking forward to going out there and starting the year off right."
Kite began racing quarter-midgets at the age of eight and worked his way up through mini-sprints, USAC midgets, sprint cars and Silver Crown cars to the Indy Racing League. He is a five-time national champion in various open-wheel series with countless victories and is the 1997 USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year and Copper World Classic winner. He has a career total of 22 Indy Racing events and $1,232,000 in career IRL earnings.
To learn more about the Chili Bowl please visit www.chilibowl.com.