Pryor, Oklahoma (September 29, 2004) -- As the 2004 ARCA RE/MAX Series season comes to an end, Christi Passmore and her team are already examining their plans for the 2005 season. After running full seasons in the ARCA RE/MAX Series for the past...
Pryor, Oklahoma (September 29, 2004) -- As the 2004 ARCA RE/MAX Series season comes to an end, Christi Passmore and her team are already examining their plans for the 2005 season. After running full seasons in the ARCA RE/MAX Series for the past two years, Passmore feels that she is ready to experiment with some new series in order to continue her climb up the motorsports ladder. But Passmore also understands that with that climb comes additional expense to put a car or truck on the track.
"I have really enjoyed running the complete ARCA schedules for the past two seasons," said Passmore. "For 2005 I would like to not only run the speedway ARCA races, but I would also like to run a limited number of NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races. We have originally planned on running some NASCAR Busch Series events at the end of this season, but when we moved the race team back to Oklahoma, we made the decision to focus primarily on the point's race in the ARCA RE/MAX Series."
"I really don't want to jump right into running a full schedule in one of the larger series," said Passmore. "The race vehicles are very different and the competitors are very different. I really want to run a variety of races and series next season to see what fits my driving style and ability best in order to prepare for a full season of competition in a single series again in 2006."
Passmore has carried sponsorship from G.A.P. Roofing along with Asphalt & Fuel Supply on her No. 91 Ford entry this season as well as holding an affiliation with 'Believe in Tomorrow' where the team has entertained children and their families with life-threatening illnesses at races around the country. As Passmore looks to venture into NASCAR for 2005, she hopes that her performance over the past two seasons in ARCA along with her history in sprint cars will bring the attention of potential sponsors to see the team through their 2005 plans.
"I have been very fortunate when it comes to sponsorship throughout my driving career," said Passmore. "But as we prepare for NASCAR, the added expense to buy the new equipment and compete at that level increases greatly. For that reason we are basing our plans and schedules for 2005 on our ability to gain sponsorship dollars. I think we bring a strong racing organization along with a solid track record in all forms of motorsports that we have competed in over the years. We are all hopeful that we will be able to get the funding to move forward in 2005."
Passmore started her racing career in open wheel sprint cars across the Midwestern United States and New Zealand. During the 2003 ARCA RE/MAX Series season, Passmore earned an eighth place finish in championship points along with the runner-up position in Rookie of the Year points. 2004 has seen Passmore battle for a place in the record books as she is currently sixth in series championship points, equal to the best points finish by a female in a national touring stock car division. In her ARCA RE/MAX Series career Passmore has earned a total of six top five finishes and 17 top ten finishes.