Kansas: Alex Garcia preview

Alex Garcia, Transnet Racing, No. 89 Dixien-OmniSource Corporation Chevrolet Monte Carlo Race Information: Event: Kansas Lottery $150 Grand, Friday, April 27, at 4:00 p.m. Local Time Track: Kansas Speedway Qualifying: Friday, April 27 at 12:45...

Alex Garcia, Transnet Racing, No. 89 Dixien-OmniSource Corporation Chevrolet Monte Carlo

Race Information: Event: Kansas Lottery $150 Grand, Friday, April 27, at 4:00 p.m. Local Time Track: Kansas Speedway Qualifying: Friday, April 27 at 12:45 p.m. Local Time; Track Length: 1.5-mile paved oval.

Inaugural '07 Event: Transnet Racing, founded in 2001, will attempt to make their ARCA 2007 RE/MAX Series debut this Friday from Kansas Speedway. The organization returns to the ARS (ARCA RE/MAX Series) following several successful years of open wheel competition and a promising NASCAR Busch Series debut at Mexico City last month.

Remember Me?: Garcia, a native of Venezuela, made his ARCA RE/MAX Series debut last September at Salem Speedway, a fast half-mile short track in Indiana. Garcia started the event 28th, logging laps and seat time, earning a 20th place finish. Double Duty: Driver Alex Garcia is playing two roles this weekend at Kansas Speedway. In addition to handling the important duties of being the driver, Garcia also is the team owner. He joins Darrell Basham, Brad Smith, Mike Harmon, Jennifer Jo Cobb and Norm Benning, who all carry the same status.

Welcome Back: Transnet Racing welcomes long time sponsors Dixien LLC and OmniSource Corporation, who will back the team's effort this weekend. Dixien LLC is a full service, tier one supplier of Metal Stampings, Welded Assemblies, and Plastic Components based in Georgia.

OmniSource Corporation is the largest privately held scrap processor in the United States. OmniSource can provide a variety of services, from vacuum processing of alloy solids to scrap management services for a variety of industry segments.

Veterans Aboard: Transnet Racing has hired Jason Roch0x00e9 and Tony Micale to aid in the team's 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series debut this weekend. Roch0x00e9 will serve as crew chief for the season, while Micale will assist Garcia from up above as the team's spotter. Both have a lengthy professional background in the Motorsports industry, making them an asset.First Televised ARCA Event: Garcia is hoping for a lot of exposure in Friday afternoon's race. While his ARCA debut at Salem Speedway last year wasn't televised, this week's race has live coverage on SPEED. Transnet Racing is focusing to be in the television spotlight for all the right reasons with the goal to inform the viewers of the team's objective and plans.

Part Of The Approval: Pending a successful run in the ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Kansas Speedway, Garcia is expected to be upgraded in the track approval process by NASCAR. Transnet Racing will run a limited schedule in the NBS (NASCAR Busch Series) this season utilizing the No. 98 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS.

Meet & Greet: Alex Garcia will be signing autographs at the Legends at Village West, a shopping facility located directly adjacent to Kansas Speedway, this Thursday, April 26 from 6:00-8:00pm local time.Transnet Racing, Kansas Speedway Pre-Race Quotes:

Alex Garcia, driver of the No. 89 Dixien-OmniSource Corporation Chevrolet:

On The ARCA RE/MAX Series: "I'm glad for the ARCA RE/MAX Series. It's a great stomping ground for teams and drivers who want to work their way into NASCAR, just as we're doing. Next year will be a big year for Transnet Racing, so it's nice to know that some of the tracks we're tackling in the ARCA sanction will pay off in the future."

On The Importance Of Kansas: "Kansas is very crucial to us. We want to unload with a setup that we're comfortable with and can adjust as we see fit. We want to be on top of our game all weekend by participating in practice, qualifying well and finishing the race. This race is going to help with our NASCAR approval this year, so it's an extra incentive for us to do well."

On The Transition From Open-Wheel To Stock Cars: "It hasn't been easy, but nothing is in racing. I'm glad that Transnet Racing has set some goals for ourselves in the stock car industry and I know that we will meet them all in time. This is the place to be and we're just excited to be a part of it." On His '07 Racing Schedule: "We're going to spend time dabbling in the ARCA RE/MAX Series in addition to several events in the NASCAR Busch Series. We're fortunate enough to have an ARCA car that we can compete with at races to gain our team experience. This is a learning year for us, so we're going to try and race as much as our schedule fits."

-credit: tr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Mike Harmon , Darrell Basham , Alex Garcia , Norm Benning , Jennifer Jo Cobb