BUSCH: Garcia to help with fundraiser

Busch Series Driver Alex Garcia To Attend Southwest Florida's First Annual Mini Grand Prix NASCAR Race CAPE CORAL, Florida (Tuesday, February 20, 2007) - - Coming off a successful test in preparation for his NASCAR Busch Series debut next month...

Busch Series Driver Alex Garcia To Attend Southwest Florida's First Annual Mini Grand Prix NASCAR Race

CAPE CORAL, Florida (Tuesday, February 20, 2007) - - Coming off a successful test in preparation for his NASCAR Busch Series debut next month in Mexico, rookie driver Alex Garcia will head south this weekend to participate in the first annual Southwest Florida Mini Grand Prix NASCAR race at Sunsplash Family Water Park in Cape Coral, Florida.

Garcia will be a guest of honor at the event, getting behind the wheel of the Screenprint Plus-Steve Westphal's Auto Showcase official pace car. Garcia, 29, will also be on hand during the event to meet participants and attendees, sign autographs and take pictures.

"I'm very excited about heading to Florida this weekend to participate in an event that not only gives back to the community, but to the leaders of the future," said Garcia. "I'm honored that the Cape Coral Youth Crime Intervention Program asked me to be a part of their function, it's going to be a great time."

The fundraiser, organized by the Cape Coral Youth Crime Intervention Program, is a unique event developed by Small Cars America. Southwest Florida businesses, organizations, and families have the opportunity to purchase miniature $3,500 racecars, equipped with a Briggs and Stratton engine. The cars, which max out at 20 MPH, are then custom-painted and detailed to advertise the purchaser's business or organization.

The all-day race event begins this Saturday at 9:00 AM. Cars will race in four heats around a 1/3 mile track in the Sunsplash parking lot. Food and vendors will be on-site throughout the day. Admission to the event is $2.00 per adult. All proceeds of the event will go directly towards expansion programs for the Cape Coral Youth Crime Intervention Program.

"We are very excited about the opportunity this special event will bring to Cape Coral. This is our first annual mini grand prix race that is a fundraiser for the Cape Coral Youth Crime Intervention Program. We are honored to host Mr. Garcia and know his participation will add additional excitement to our event. We appreciate him taking time out of his busy race schedule to help us help the youth of Cape Coral," stated Eileyn Sobeck-Bador, executive director for the Cape Coral Youth Crime Intervention Program.

The event takes place just one week before Transnet Racing's 2007 NASCAR Busch Series debut at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico on March 4. Originally from Venezuela, Garcia, who founded Transnet Racing with his father Juan in 2002, will be piloting the No. 98 Dixien-OmniSource Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS for at least 12 NASCAR Busch Series races in 2007. The team plans to run a full season schedule in 2008.

-credit: transnet racing

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Series Charity , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Alex Garcia