Kimmel Looks to Score Season-Best Finish for Ansell's Home Town Crowd at Pocono CORNELIUS, NC (June 2, 2009) -- Frank Kimmel will have 150 extra fans in the stands this weekend at Pocono Raceway. Kimmel's team sponsor Ansell -- maker of...
Kimmel Looks to Score Season-Best Finish for Ansell's Home Town Crowd at Pocono
CORNELIUS, NC (June 2, 2009) -- Frank Kimmel will have 150 extra fans in the stands this weekend at Pocono Raceway. Kimmel's team sponsor Ansell -- maker of Ansell gloves -- will have a large contingent of guests in attendance cheering the team on to victory in Saturday's Pocono ARCA 200.
"Having so many people from Ansell in attendance will be a real treat for Kimmel Racing," said Frank Kimmel. "It doesn't really add any pressure or anything because we always like to run well and we put that kind of pressure on ourselves to do just that week in and week out, but we'll definitely be aware that we have so many fans in the stands and we'd love to take all 150 of them with us to victory lane on Saturday."
Doug Tough, CEO, Ansell Healthcare Products LLC, mirrors Kimmel's enthusiasm, citing the team's performance in 2009 as a source of pleasure for the company.
"Ansell is very proud to be associated with a proven winner in Frank Kimmel and his ARCA RE/MAX Series team," said Tough. "Frank's dedication to a high quality performance and his focus on outstanding, long term achievements in his field mirrors Ansell's similar approach to running its business -- a consistent winner dedicated to improving its performance! We're delighted with our relationship and look forward to continued success."
Tough is joined in his fondness for the racing program by William J Reed, Senior VP of Ansell Occupational, the Americas.
"All of Ansell is looking forward to Frank's upcoming race this weekend at the nearby Pocono Raceway," said Reed. "We have been very pleased with Frank's results this year to date and wish him and the
Ansell, Menards car #44 a top finish this week. Many of the Ansell team will be on hand to cheer him to victory."
Kimmel has logged three wins and a total of 290 laps led at the track in 32 starts at Pocono Raceway, but a disappointing season at the track in 2008 leaves the Kimmel Racing organization looking for more this weekend.
"Last year was rough at Pocono," said Kimmel of his 26th and 32nd place finishes, respectively. "We blew a motor in the first race and wrecked in the second so the biggest thing for us this weekend is to get a good solid finish."
The team will unload chassis #340 for this weekend's event. It is a brand new car purchased from Roush Racing during the off season. It was once driven by NASCAR Champion Matt Kenseth. Chassis #340 was put to the track last week at the one day Michigan International Speedway test where Kimmel made laps in the new car.
"There is a difference in characteristics between Michigan and Pocono, but we definitely learned some things at the test that will help us this weekend," said Kimmel. "Some of the areas we think this car needs work on at a track like Michigan, will make it a better car for us at a track like Pocono.
"Specifically, I think there are some findings we will use this weekend regarding front end travel and what the front end can do and we'll put that in place."
Kimmel Racing has another reason to look forward to a return to Pocono Raceway. Friends of the team, Dennis and Eileen Reider, who own a local high end grinding company called Razor Sharp, will be on hand to provide meals for the team on both Friday and Saturday.
"One of the neatest things about going to Pocono is that our friends Dennis and Eileen come over to cook for us and they are two of the best cooks in the country," said Kimmel. "They've become really good supporters of our team over the years. My favorite meal is their roast beef and sweet corn and that's what we're going to have on race day. Hopefully with the good food and the big group of Ansell fans, we will have all the makings for a great day at the track."
Kimmel Racing will take to Pocono Raceway Friday morning for practice prior to Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell at 1:45 p.m. Eastern. Saturday's race goes green at 1 p.m. Eastern with SPEED Channel coverage of the event beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern.