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SHANE HMIEL AND THE WINFUEL TEAM HEAD SOUTH OF THE BORDER MOORESVILLE, NC (March 2, 2005) -- Shane Hmiel and the WINFUEL team head south of the border this weekend to compete in the Inaugural Mexico City event on March 6. The Telcel Motorola...

SHANE HMIEL AND THE WINFUEL TEAM HEAD SOUTH OF THE BORDER

MOORESVILLE, NC (March 2, 2005) -- Shane Hmiel and the WINFUEL team head south of the border this weekend to compete in the Inaugural Mexico City event on March 6. The Telcel Motorola 200 will be held at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, a 2.786-mile road course located approximately 15 mintues from the center of Mexico City.

"I am really looking forward to going to Mexico for the race," Hmiel said. "It's exciting to be a part of history and to be able to drive in NASCAR's first race outside of the United States. I hear that they have die-hard fans in Mexico, so I am looking forward to seeing what kind of response we get. The track is supposed to be amazing, and I am really looking forward to getting down there this week to see what everyone has been talking about."

Road courses are back on the NASCAR Busch Series schedule for the first time since the 2001 season. Most of the younger Busch Series drivers are not experienced road course racers, including Shane Hmiel.

"I haven't done any road racing since I used to race go karts," Shane explained. "At the end of last year, Chevrolet sent me to the Bondurant driving school to try to get me some more experience. We took the WINFUEL Chevy up and tested VIR (Virginia International Raceway) last week. I got more comfortable in the car and ran some pretty fast laps. Unfortunately, I was messing with the brakes and backed in at the end of the day. We didn't mess up the car too bad and the Braun Racing guys fixed before loading it on the truck to Mexico."

The season-long goal of the WINFUEL team is to win the NASCAR Busch Series championship. "People are picking all these guys to win the championship and they haven't picked us yet," Hmiel stated. "California was a great run for the WINFUEL Chevrolet because it really showed how our team pulls together to compete for the win and the Busch Series championship."

"Our goal is to go down to Mexico, try to keep it on the track and finish the race. I really want to win the race, but if we can come out of Mexico with a top-10 or top-15 we should be in really good shape because some of my strongest tracks are coming up, like Vegas, Atlanta, and Bristol."

Watch history in the making as the NASCAR Busch Series travels to Mexico City for the inaugural race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. LIVE race coverage beings on FOX this Sunday, March 6 at 3:00 p.m. EST.

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Drivers Shane Hmiel