Jimmy Kite and Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing Qualify For Indianapolis 500 Dana trackside as Ethanol Hemelgarn qualifies INDIANAPOLIS, IND., SATURDAY, May 21, 2005 -- Jimmy Kite, replacement driver of the No. 91 Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing ...
Jimmy Kite and Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing Qualify For Indianapolis 500
Dana trackside as Ethanol Hemelgarn qualifies
INDIANAPOLIS, IND., SATURDAY, May 21, 2005 -- Jimmy Kite, replacement driver of the No. 91 Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing Dallara/Toyota/Firestone entry in the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series, today qualified for the 89th Indianapolis 500 during the Third Day Qualifying session. Kite, substituting for injured rookie driver, Paul Dana, qualified at 218.565 mph.
The Ethanol Hemelgarn team will be starting the Indianapolis 500 from the last row. Kite last qualified for the Indianapolis 500 in 2003 when he started 32nd and finished 13th, the most improved position in the entire field. He also qualified for the race in 1998, 1999 and 2000.
"It is great to be back in the field at the Indianapolis 500 with the Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing Team. Unfortunately we are in the back of the field, but I have been there before and I know what it takes to move up in the pack. We have a good race day car and know we will be competitive throughout the day. We are a day ahead of schedule by qualifying today, so tomorrow it will be good to get out there with full tanks of gas and just relax."
"Just want to thank Ethanol, Remy, Life Fitness and Hemelgarn Racing for giving me this opportunity. It is a real honor to be asked to drive in Indy and I will do my best to make everyone associated with Team Ethanol proud."
Kite is currently in his rookie season in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and, for the last three years, has competed in the United States Auto Club (USAC) Silver Crown Series.
Dana, who was injured in practice on May 13, was trackside as the No. 91 Ethanol Hemelegarn Racing Dallara/Toyota/Firestone qualified. "I am very excited for Jimmy and the rest of the Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing Team. I wish it were me out there today qualifying, but I have total confidence in Jimmy and the team to compete next weekend. I am just happy that I am able to walk and be at the track to support the team."
Practice continues tomorrow morning. The race itself is Sunday, May 29 1:00 PM Eastern and is televised live on ABC Sports.