Kimmel Racing Riding Momentum into New Jersey CORNELIUS, N.C. (September 10, 2009) -- On the heels of the team's season-best finish, Kimmel Racing heads East for this Sunday's South Jersey Building Trades 150 at New Jersey Motorsports ...
Kimmel Racing Riding Momentum into New Jersey
CORNELIUS, N.C. (September 10, 2009) -- On the heels of the team's season-best finish, Kimmel Racing heads East for this Sunday's South Jersey Building Trades 150 at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
"Over the years we've run several different road courses, but when they announced that we were going to New Jersey last year I was really excited because it's a great facility," said Frank Kimmel. "Because I'm not a road racer, we definitely strive to improve every time we race on a road course, but it's definitely a challenge."
In preparation for Sunday's race, Kimmel called for reinforcement from NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Scott Speed.
"I called Scott yesterday just to discuss strategy and to get some advice on shifting and basic road course skills that could help us out this weekend. Track time is so limited that being able to talk to Scott and discuss a few things in advance was a big help."
Kimmel has been on a roll as of late, scoring top-five finishes in each of the last three ARCA RE/MAX Series events. Mounting a steady climb toward win number one for 2009, Kimmel has finished fifth, fourth and second at Chicagoland, Toledo and DuQuoin, respectively.
"Momentum is good no matter what race we're heading into but definitely for a track like New Jersey, which is a challenging facility for an oval track racer," said Kimmel. "In our situation, we've run better in the last few events than we have all season. Thanks to the team's hard work, the cars that we've been brining to the race track have improved over the last month or two and I expect that run of success to continue through this weekend and the duration of the race season."
Kimmel Racing will unload a specially built road course car purchased from Roush Racing during the off season. Chassis #307 was last on track during ARCA's open test at NJMP in 2008, when Ricky Stenhouse drove the car.
"I think when you go to these places with a predominantly oval racer, which Frank is, the main thing is to get out there and practice and make as many laps as possible," explained Crew Chief Bill Kimmel Jr. "It's hard for Frank to give feedback when he's just trying to get comfortable out there, so that makes my job a bit harder than usual. Luckily, G-Force South helped us out with our transmission package. They've really been a big part of helping us work on a shifting package that should make our road course experience better overall, specifically for Frank to be able to make the up shifts and down shifts easier."
During last year's inaugural race at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Kimmel qualified 10th and finished 12th.