IRL: Pikes Peak Low Fuel Pressure Curtails Jimmy Kite's Charge

FOUNTAIN, COLORADO, June 18, 2000 - Low fuel pressure in the team’s Oldsmobile IRL Aurora V8 forced the Big Daddy’s BBQ/ Blueprint Racing team to ‘park’ their 1999 G Force. The Blueprint entry would complete 50 laps of the 200 lap...

FOUNTAIN, COLORADO, June 18, 2000 - Low fuel pressure in the team’s Oldsmobile IRL Aurora V8 forced the Big Daddy’s BBQ/ Blueprint Racing team to ‘park’ their 1999 G Force. The Blueprint entry would complete 50 laps of the 200 lap Radisson Indy 200 taking home a 24th place finish.

Jimmy Kite, of Stockbridge, Georgia, was cutting through the field in the Big Daddy’s/ Blueprint car when, starved for fuel, the Blueprint Racing engine began to lose power. The team attempted repairs in the garage area on lap 44. The Blueprint team - led by Brad McCanless, team manager and Randy Ruyle, chief mechanic - pushed the #27 Big Daddy’s BBQ/ Founders Bank/ Blueprint Racing Special to the fuel depot to empty the fuel tank of methanol. Once drained, Ruyle worked to tighten any ill-fitting couplings and adjust the fuel pick-up. The team was back on track with laps but to no avail. The problem quickly returned and the Blueprint team ended a frustrating two-week stint on the Indy Racing Northern Light Series schedule.

“We aren’t sure what it is. From the start the Big Daddy’s BBQ/ Founders Bank/ Blueprint car just didn’t pull right,” commented a frustrated Kite. “We aren’t sure why but the fuel pressure just kept dropping and I kept slowing down every lap. We took the car back and checked everything in the fuel tank but it must be somewhere else. We took the #27 G Force back out on the track but the problem was still there. I just didn’t feel safe out there with the power that low so we pulled it in. It wouldn’t be fair to the other Northern Light Series’ drivers to just drive around out there. As always the Big Daddy’s BBQ/ Blueprint Racing guys did a great job on the car all weekend. We’ll come back and see what Atlanta holds for us.”

The #27 Big Daddy’s BBQ/ Founder’s Bank/ Blueprint Racing Special will race again July 15, under the lights, at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Big Daddy’s BBQ Racing, of Yukon, Oklahoma, is the parent company to several subsidiaries, which include a beer division-Big Daddy’s Backyard Brew- meatpacking, root beer, and the sauce and spice division. The publicly held company trades under the OTC ticker ‘BIGD.’ More information is available on the company at www.bigdaddysbbq.com.

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Drivers Jimmy Kite