Alex Garcia Returns To Montreal: Transnet Racing NAPA Auto Parts 200 Advance
THIS SEASON -- Alex Garcia, driver of the No. 98 Dixien/OmniSource Chevrolet, will be making his second start of the 2008 season when his team hits the track at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Garcia's first start of the season was in Mexico City, Mexico, where the 31-year-old driver finished 27th after struggling with the handling of his car throughout the 80 lap race.
A DAY OF RECKONING -- Garcia is looking to finish what he started a year ago at the historic Montreal road course. After garnering a career-best starting position in 2007's inaugural race and picking up 16 more spots in as many laps, Garcia experienced engine failure, turning a top-10 day into a 34th place finish.
CHASSIS INFORMATION -- Transnet Racing will be utilizing the No. 004 chassis for the 75 lap event. This is the same chassis the team brought to Montreal in 2007, which also scored the team a career-best finish the following weekend in Watkins Glen.
THE WAYÚU TAYA FOUNDATION -- For the second time this season, the No. 98 Dixien/OmniSource Chevrolet will be carrying the logos of The Wayuu Taya Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by actress and model Patricia Velasquez, which assists the Latin American indigenous people, focusing primarily on those in Venezuela. Garcia, originally from Caracas, became involved with the organization in 2007 after he became the first Venezuelan to race is NASCAR.
THANK YOU -- In appreciation of the fans in Montreal, the 98 will be sporting a Quebec flag and a very special message on the rear deck lid: "Merci Fans!"
Alex Garcia Quotes:
ON CIRCUIT GILLES VILLENEUVE -- "Montreal has got to be one of my favorite tracks. I've always run really well here in the past, both in open-wheel and stock cars. On top of that, it's a beautiful track, and a beautiful city. I always have a lot of fun when I come here."
ON THE RACE -- "I've been waiting all year to return to this track. We had a top-5, top-10 car last year, and it was such a disappointment to blow our engine while we were running 8th. We definitely had a car that was capable of winning the race, but we never got to race it to its full potential. This year, I firmly believe that we can be contenders at the end of the race."
ON THE WAYÚU TAYA FOUNDATION -- "I'm really excited to be running The Wayuu Taya Foundation on our car again. We really hope to bring attention to the organization, which does so much for the indigenous people of Venezuela and the surrounding countries. I also have to thank our primary sponsors, Dixien and OmniSource for donating the space on the car to the foundation."
ON THE FANS -- "The fans in Montreal are unlike any other city I've been to. They are so passionate and so excited, and that is why we wanted to say "thank you" to them. Last year, it was such a rush to see the stands filled with people, even for qualifying and practice. We are grateful for all of our fans, and we really appreciate the Canadian fans embracing the Nationwide Series. Their energy makes us want to give them the best race possible."
-credit: Transnet Racing