IRL: Pikes Peak: Team Ethanol race report

KITE'S STREAK CONTINUES AT PIKES PEAK Fountain, CO, August 21, 2005 - Jimmy Kite brought home his seventh consecutive finish for the Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing team this weekend at the Pikes Peak International Raceway's Honda Indy 225. The ...

KITE'S STREAK CONTINUES AT PIKES PEAK

Fountain, CO, August 21, 2005 - Jimmy Kite brought home his seventh consecutive finish for the Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing team this weekend at the Pikes Peak International Raceway's Honda Indy 225.

The #91 Ethanol-sponsored Dallara/Toyota/Firestone entry started 20th for the second time in two weeks after struggling in practice on Saturday. The team made changes in the morning practice and throughout the race making the car better as the race progressed.

In a race that lasted just under 1 hour 28 minutes and saw only one caution, opportunities to move up the grid were few and far between. However, with good pit stops and strong driving, Kite did manage to pick up three spots and finish 17th.

"It's a shame our finish wasn't better," Kite said after the race.  "We had a good
car all day.  This is the second best car we've had all year; last week's car in
Kentucky being the best.  We just didn't get any breaks.  There weren't any
yellows.  It was fun, but--"

This was Kite's ninth IndyCar start of the year since replacing the rookie Dana, who was injured practicing for the Indianapolis 500. The Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing team will be back in action at Chicagoland Speedway in Joilet, IL on September 11th. The race will be broadcast live on ABC at 1:30 Eastern Time.

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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