NATIVE OHIO DRIVER STRIVES TO MAKE HIS KANSAS DEBUT A WIN-WIN SITUATION Jake Francis Embraces a New Team, a New Track, and a New Opportunity KANSAS CITY, KS (April 25, 2008) -- As Jake Francis walks through the garage of Kansas...
NATIVE OHIO DRIVER STRIVES TO MAKE HIS KANSAS DEBUT A WIN-WIN SITUATION
Jake Francis Embraces a New Team, a New Track, and a New Opportunity
KANSAS CITY, KS (April 25, 2008) -- As Jake Francis walks through the garage of Kansas Speedway thinking of his 5th start in the ARCA/ReMAX Series later today, the 18-year old Ohio driver cannot help but be thankful for his good fortune. Like so many other drivers, Francis has a great story to tell, but if you ask him, there is still a lot that remains to be written.
Francis has several starts in the ARCA/ReMAX Series under his belt, the first of which coming last year at the Milwaukee Mile, where he posted a career best 12th place finish. But it was only two weeks ago that Francis partnered with new team owner, Greg Sarff, and this afternoon will put the #48 Bonner Farms/Interstate Trailer & Equipment Dodge Charger to the test. The team will rely upon the expertise of veteran ARCA/ReMAX Series competitor, Phil Bozel, as crew chief this weekend.
"This partnership was a great fit for Greg and I, with me bringing Bonner Farms to the team and Greg bringing Interstate Trailer & Equipment, and I owe the introduction to my good friend, Jennifer Jo Cobb," said Francis. "I've been fortunate to have solid support from friends, family and sponsors, including Habco Tool & Development and Quaker Steak & Lube."
Racing in nearly every series he could enter, Francis received Rookie of the Year honors in a NASCAR Late Model series in his native Ohio in 2006, followed by the Northern Ohio Legends Championship that same year. When asked of his greatest accomplishment in his short racing career, Francis quickly cites being the youngest driver to ever compete in the well-known Glass City 200 at Toledo Speedway in 2006, an event he nearly won last year. His determination has paid dividends so far, and perhaps another chapter in his story will be written here in Kansas.