Renshaw Teams With K Automotive For Remainder of 2004 Season
Rochester Hills, Michigan (July 27, 2004) -- Deborah Renshaw will move into the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driving full time, the No. 29 K Automotive Ford F-150 for the final 13 races of the 2004 season. Renshaw's first event of the final 13 will take place this weekend at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. She will then prepare to tackle short tracks like Indianapolis Raceway Park and Bristol Motor Speedway along with familiar race tracks such as Nashville Superspeedway.
"This is an incredible opportunity for both myself and my career," said Renshaw. "I feel like this is the shot that I have needed in order to continue moving forward with my racing. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is very competitive and the veteran experience of the other drivers in the series will give me tremendous learning opportunities each weekend. I am also excited about getting to work with K Automotive for the rest of the season, especially after running Kentucky with them. They are a very competitive race team with a proven success record on all types of tracks. We all worked really well together at Kentucky and Bob and Kay have truly made me a part of their family. We share the same goals for these races and that is to learn, gain experience and steadily become more competitive each weekend."
Renshaw and K Automotive competed in one NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event three weeks ago at the Kentucky Speedway in order to see how Renshaw and the team worked together. Due to qualifying being rained out, Renshaw started the truck in the 25th position, ran a clean race and finished in the 25th position. The pairing was successful as communication between team and driver increased and the two groups made the decision to finish out the 2004 season together.
"Kentucky gave us a good feel for the type of driver we were working with," said Bob Keselowski, owner and crew chief. "Deborah has a lot of talent and she has the desire to race. This is not an easy series to step in to, but I feel like we can give her extremely competitive equipment every week and she certainly has the talent to be competitive here and progress in her career."
Renshaw previously competed in the ARCA RE/MAX Series where she made nine starts in the series and earned three top ten finishes and six top ten starts. Renshaw fielded eight entries for Bob Schacht Motorsports and one with Montgomery Motorsports. Renshaw made her mark in the world of motorsports when she became the first female driver to lead the points' race of a NASCAR-sanctioned series while competing in the Late Model Stock Cars at the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tennessee.
K Automotive Motorsports has competed in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series since 1995 accumulating 227 starts, ten wins, 37 top five finishes and 103 top ten finishes. Five-time ARCA RE/MAX Series Champion, Frank Kimmel and the youngest Keselowski son, Brad, have shared driving duties of the No. 29 Ford during the 2004 season.