INDIANAPOLIS, IN, MAY 25, 2000 - The Big Daddy's BBQ/ Blueprint Racing Special completed its on-track preparations for the 84th Running of the Indianapolis 500 today. Driver Jimmy Kite, of Stockbridge, Georgia, turned 29 laps in Carburetion...
INDIANAPOLIS, IN, MAY 25, 2000 - The Big Daddy's BBQ/ Blueprint Racing Special completed its on-track preparations for the 84th Running of the Indianapolis 500 today. Driver Jimmy Kite, of Stockbridge, Georgia, turned 29 laps in Carburetion Day practice with a quick lap of 214.718 mph.
"We just wanted to go out and shake the car down," remarked Kite after stepping from the #27 G Force/ Oldsmobile. "This was the first time with the race-setup on this car. I was really happy with it. I think it went really well for the Big Daddy's/ Blueprint crew. We had a great race setup for the primary car and it transferred perfectly to the new Big Daddy's/ Blueprint car. I just wish Sunday would hurry up and get here! I hate this waiting."
As the most experienced member of the race team and as a multiple-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, Sonny Meyer, Blueprint Racing engine and transmission manager reflected on his feelings going into this year's event. "Every year you start the '500', after 'Carb Day' you feel like you have a chance to win the race. But, after the checkered-flag falls, hindsight is 20/20. The garage is full of 'if we had done this' and 'if this had only happened we'd be right there.' By that time none of it matters. I've done an awful lot of these and I always feel like my team can win. I think the Big Daddy's/ Blueprint team has an excellent shot."
Passing on the helping hand that Blueprint Racing received from Ganassi Racing following the Pole Day incident that wiped out the primary Big Daddy's BBQ/ Blueprint G Force, Blueprint extended the favor to Treadway Racing. Following his laps in the Big Daddy's BBQ/ Blueprint Racing Special, Kite ran to the #50 G Force of friend and competitor Jason Leffler. Kite turned a handful of laps in the car to help leak check the car. Leffler was unable to be here for "Carb Day" practice due to commitments with his stock car effort in Charlotte, North Carolina.
"Jason is a buddy and he is in Charlotte with his BGN deal," Kite looked at the ride with his usual friendly outlook. "We were just doing these guys [the #50 crew] a favor. I never pushed it. Never got it over 208 mph. I never got fast enough to really feel the setup. I know they would have done it for us and I wanted to help Jason have a good effort here at Indy for his rookie year."
"Its May in Indy isn't it? What do you expect about these temperature changes? We'll just deal with it," said Kite about the expected cooler temperatures and potential rain for Sunday's event. "Today gave us a really good base-setup so we can adjust from there. I'll tell you though. If it is as cool on Sunday as it was last Saturday, I can promise you this is one driver that is going to be pretty careful!"
The red #27 Big Daddy's BBQ/ Blueprint Racing Special G Force/ Oldsmobile IRL Racing Aurora will next roll on its Firestone Firehawk tires in the pace laps leading up to the Indianapolis 500. Live television coverage can be found on ABC starting at 11:00 AM (eastern time) with the race taking the green flag at noon.
"We're right where we want to be for the race," said Brad McCanless, Blueprint Racing team manager and engineer. "I was very happy with the way the Big Daddy's BBQ/ Blueprint Racing crew came together following last Saturday. Jimmy put us solid into the show after the guys worked all night. This is a team effort and everyone is focused on winning Indy. We are ready to take the #27 Big Daddy's/ Blueprint car to the front."