FORT WORTH, TX. Sunday, October 15, 2000 - The Jimmy Kite piloted ...
FORT WORTH, TX. Sunday, October 15, 2000 - The Jimmy Kite piloted #27 National Sports Management/ Blueprint Racing Special took the green flag for the Excite 500k in 20th position. After a stirring run up through the Indy Racing Northern Light Series field in the black and yellow G Force, he would finish where he started here at Texas Motor Speedway.
“I can’t believe the luck we’ve had this year,” lamented Kite. “I just can’t believe it. We knew weren’t going to qualify very well but we thought we had a great car for the race, and we did. Unfortunately, it just didn’t last as long as we needed it to… again.”
Kite drove the Brad McCanless-engineered car up from 20th to a high of seventh within the first 50 laps. The #27 Blueprint crew, led by Randy Ruyle, had a phenomenal first pit stop that moved the car up three positions. Kite stayed in, or near, the top-ten until the second pit stop on lap 88 under a yellow flag. Moments later the engine in the #27 suffered a failure.
“We know the team is there. We have the guys and the driver,” offered co-owner Keith Sanders. “We just have to tweak a few things over the winter. We have had several cars this year that were capable of winning. This car was capable of winning.”
National Sports Management comes to Blueprint Racing for the weekend of the Excite 500 after signing a long-term contract with the Bedford Park, Illinois-based race team to seek out marketing partners for the team’s Northern Light Series effort with Kite.
For more on Blueprint Racing Enterprises, LLC. , please visit our web site at www.blueprintracing.com .