Michigan: Jimmy Thiel preview

Jimmy Thiel looking for first top ten at MIS Wednesday June 11th, 2003 (Brooklyn, MI) - - ARCA RE/MAX series rookie Jimmy Thiel is hoping to find himself in the top ten once the Flagstar 200 is complete on Saturday. Thiel, who has been...

Jimmy Thiel looking for first top ten at MIS

Wednesday June 11th, 2003 (Brooklyn, MI) - - ARCA RE/MAX series rookie Jimmy Thiel is hoping to find himself in the top ten once the Flagstar 200 is complete on Saturday. Thiel, who has been impressive on the tour this year has had stellar runs, but has yet to score his first top ten.

"I desperately want to finish in the top ten this weekend," said Jimmy. "We've had some good races this year, and we're improving, but we are lacking that top finish."

When Thiel hits the track for the first time this Thursday, he knows it's going to be a day of learning. "I've never competed at Michigan International Speedway before, and our test date was rained out, so were severely optimistic heading into the race."

Thiel will pilot the No. 06 CCIMNet powered by Catylist Pontiac Grand Prix for the fourth time this season. "I can't say enough about this team and our sponsors CCIMNet powered by Catylist," noted Thiel. "Our sponsors continue to support us, and the team puts their hearts and souls into preparing the car for the race, I am hoping that all this hard work will payoff especially this weekend."

In the team's last effort from Lowes Motor Speedway, Jimmy was happy with the run. After starting 23rd, he was able to climb himself into the 15th position when he took the checkered flag on lap 67. "I was pleased with the car, I was taking it easy, I didn't want to press any issues, but we avoided the crashes, and I tied my career best finish."

Driving the No. 39 Pontiac Grand Prix in April at Nashville Superspeedway, Jimmy maneuvered his car from his 22nd starting position to finish 15th.

The Whitney Racing team, which is headquartered from Ann Arbor, Michigan plans to compete in several more events in 2003. "While nothing is etched in stone, we're looking at Nashville, Chicago, Salem and Lowes and maybe some more," said car owner Dusty Whitney.

"Jimmy is doing a great job, he's not tearing up any equipment, as a team we're communicating well, and I think we'll do great this weekend in front of the hometown crowd and sponsors," he added.

"It's an important weekend for us," said the 24 year old driver. "Our sponsors will be here, the team's families will be here, all we need is a little luck on our side."

In addition to CCIMNet powered by Catylist, the No. 06 will carry associate sponsorship from Dusty's Collision, out of Ann Arbor Michigan. The collision center is owned and operated by Dusty Whitney.

The Flagstar 200, which marks the 11th event on the 2003 ARCA RE/MAX series schedule is set for this Saturday June 14th. The drivers will be geared up to take the green flag shortly after 1:00pm. The SPEED channel will hold same-day coverage of the event from 8:00pm - 10:00pm.

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