IRL: Kentucky Aramis/Blueprint qualified in top twelve

SPARTA, KENTUCKY, Saturday, August 26, 2000 - Jimmy Kite, of Stockbridge Georgia, drove his ...

SPARTA, KENTUCKY, Saturday, August 26, 2000 - Jimmy Kite, of Stockbridge Georgia, drove his #27 Aramis/ Blueprint Racing Special to a top-12 starting spot for tomorrow’s Belterra Resorts Indy 300 from Kentucky Speedway. Turning a quick lap of 25.037 (215.681mph) around the new 1.5 mile speedway, Kite placed the 2000 Aramis/Blueprint G Force Oldsmobile on the outside of row-six in twelfth position.

“We got a good top-15 run for Aramis and we’re ready to go racing,” commented Kite following the run. “That is about where I thought we’d be following the morning practice. The Aramis/ Blueprint crew did a great job preparing the car and we have a super set-up for the race tomorrow. The #27 Aramis G Force can run those speeds all day tomorrow.”

The final starting position for the black and gold #27 was in question as three cars set nearly identical qualifying times. The Indy Racing Northern Light Series officials were forced to audit the lap times to the thousandths of a second to distinguish the starting positions of Kite, Buzz Calkins in 11th and Jacques Lazier in tenth.

The qualifying effort follows a wave of emotion for the Blueprint Racing team this weekend. Friday’s announcement of the addition of Aramis, Inc- the leading men’s fragrance maker- to the Blueprint team and the death of Jack McCanless, father of Blueprint Racing’s team manager Brad McCanless, have played the emotional extremes of Blueprint Racing team members.

“It has been an up-and-down weekend,” reflected Kite. “We are happy with the on-track performance of the Aramis/Blueprint team but off the track our hearts are full of thoughts for Brad and his family. We want to go out tomorrow and run well for Brad and for Aramis. The car is very good so I think we’ll be in good shape.”

The #27 Aramis/ Blueprint Racing Special will be on track for the final Northern Light Series practice at 10 AM Sunday morning. The Belterra Resorts Indy 300 will take the green flag at 2:30 PM (EST) on Sunday, August 27th. The race can be seen live on ESPN.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Buzz Calkins , Jaques Lazier  , Jimmy Kite