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Koch and Golden Gate Racing look to rally back into NASCAR K&N Pro Series standings with return to Iowa SAN FRANCISCO, CA (5-15-10)-- It's been over a month since Blake Koch and the Golden Gate Racing Team have been in action in the NASCAR K&N...

Koch and Golden Gate Racing look to rally back into NASCAR K&N Pro Series standings with return to Iowa

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (5-15-10)-- It's been over a month since Blake Koch and the Golden Gate Racing Team have been in action in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West campaign. Despite the lengthy break between events on the tour, it's been a very busy period for this competitive race team that is supported by Richard Childress Racing Driver Development as they recover from two damaging events thus far in the series.

This week, Koch will travel from his home in West Palm Beach to Newton, Iowa as the DayStar Television Network #21 Chevrolet returns to the track in one of the premier events on the annual NASCAR K&N Pro Series tour. It's the Goodyear Dealers of Iowa 200 at Iowa Speedway, the only event during the season that brings the drivers from the east series together with those in the west for one grand event.

"I am so ready to get back in the West Series," said Koch, who has kept active racing in a variety of venues close to home ranging from late models to speedway trucks. "The break between Phoenix and Iowa is way too long for me. Especially when you consider I didn't get to make many laps at Phoenix."

Last year Koch raced at Iowa for the first time in his young NASCAR career. In his debut he started 22nd and crossed the finish line in the 16th position. So far in 2010 he has had a 9th place and one 16th place finish in the season. Both finishes were affected by damaging accidents as the team has had their share of misfortune this season at no fault of their own.

"Iowa hasn't been too good to us yet but I haven't raced there too much," said Koch. "We are bringing a different car this time and hopefully we can get rolling and rally back into this series. This is a great team and everyone has remained so positive in these last two races when we had some really hard luck."

Much like his driver does, team owner Jim Offenbach commends his team in these recent events that resulted in some bad luck and a lot of damage to the Daystar Television Network #21. With decades of experience and success in this sport, both Offenbach and Richard Childress know that every team will incur its share of hard luck along the way and keeping a positive outlook is the key to moving back to the top.

"We've had some rough breaks this season so far. It's something that happens in this sport and this year it's been our turn I guess," said Offenbach. " We are looking to come back to Iowa and finish strong in the top ten and put the last two races behind us. If we can do that, we can build from there."

Saturday's fourth annual event in Iowa will feature a stellar field of competitors as the drivers from both campaign come together in one event. This year the event will benefit soldiers wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as raise funds to help Jasper County World War II veterans visit the Washington DC memorial that is dedicated to the 20th century's last great global conflict.

Iowa Speedway's event will feature special discounted $20 race tickets that been made available to two different veterans support organizations, Operation First Response and Jasper County Honor Flight, through the Iowa Speedway Foundation. Ten dollars of each special race ticket sold will be retained by the veteran's groups to fund their charitable work. Hundreds of veterans from all military eras will be recognized during opening ceremonies for the race, including a large contingent of Iowa National Guard deploying to Afghanistan in July.

A driver who also operates his own faith based Sprint Cup Outreach program separately from his driving duties for GGRT/RCR, Koch is a great supporter of special events such as this. Offenbach and his team also recognize the importance of honoring our countries heroes.

"I think it is so great that NASCAR is gathering all of the West drivers and the East drivers together to race for the soldiers," said Koch. "I'm excited to meet some soldiers while I am there. I enjoy this type of stuff. This whole team does, it's important."

-source: ggrt

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Blake Koch
Teams Richard Childress Racing