Jimmy Kite and Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing have best qualifying run of season for Bombardier Learjet 500K Kite to pull double duty running IndyCar Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events FT. WORTH, Texas, (June 10, 2005) - Jimmy Kite, ...
Jimmy Kite and Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing have best qualifying run of season for Bombardier Learjet 500K
Kite to pull double duty running IndyCar Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events
FT. WORTH, Texas, (June 10, 2005) - Jimmy Kite, driver of the No. 91 Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing Dallara/Toyota/Firestone, lapped the 1.5 mile oval at Texas Motor Speedway in 25.0757 seconds, 208.887 mph, qualifying 17th for the IRL IndyCar Series Bombardier Learjet 500k this weekend. It was the best qualifying effort for the team so far this season. Kite is the first driver since Gordon Johncock in 1980 to qualify for an open-wheel Indy-style race and a NASCAR/stock car race in the same weekend. Kite is substituting for the second straight race for the team's regular driver Paul Dana, who was injured in a practice crash at Indianapolis in May.
"We were all a little disappointed after the way Indy ended. The sponsors, the team and I really needed this and the good part is that now we can get really excited about Saturday night. It's good to be working with the team again. In Indy, we were just getting used to each other and now that we're getting comfortable working together, I think we'll start seeing that translate into better results on the track. The Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing car is good, so hopefully I'll be able to bring home a good result Saturday night for all of our sponsors."
Kite was on track in six different sessions Thursday. Today, Kite will participate in the final IndyCar Series practices on the 1.5-mile high-banked oval. The afternoon session is from 2 to 3 p.m. with the evening session taking place from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Kite will have 15 minutes after the final IndyCar Series session before the NASCAR Craftsman Trucks take the grid for the Chex 400k where he will start 32nd.
The Bombardier Learjet 500 takes place Saturday evening at 8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised live on ESPN.
Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing is backed by a group of companies within the fast-growing ethanol industry, led by the major ethanol design-build firms Fagen Inc., ICM Inc., and Broin Companies. Ethanol is a high octane, high performance fuel that is clean burning, renewable and made in America. As a growing component of the United States' gasoline supply, it delivers improved vehicle performance while reducing emissions and improving air quality. The IndyCar Series has announced that it will switch to ethanol as its fuel source beginning with a 10% blend in 2006 and moving to 100% fuel-grade ethanol in 2007.
The team's 2005 roster of supporting partners under the ethanol banner was announced earlier this week and includes nearly 30 equipment and process technology vendors and suppliers to the Ethanol industry.
A major ethanol industry sponsor on the 2005 roster is Ethanol Products. Major associate sponsors are Dakota Gold Marketing, Flottweg, Novozymes, and Victory Energy. Associate sponsors are A&B Process Systems, Advance Tank Construction, Alfa Laval, Brown Tank, Invensys Foxboro, J&D Construction, Laidig Systems, McCormick Construction, Mid America Steel, Monsanto, and WINBCO Tank. Supporters include the American Coalition for Ethanol, Blackburn Construction, E&I Specialists, the Ethanol Promotion & Information Council, the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, New Energy Corp., the Renewable Fuels Association and Tranter PHE. Other friends of the program are Barr-Rosin, Felker Fabrication, Malloy Electric Bearing Supply, SBI Mechanical, Wanzek Construction, and Westfalia Separator.
To learn more about the Ethanol industry and how ethanol can be used in the passenger car you are driving today visit www.drivingethanol.org. Team and driver information are available at www.hemelgarnracing.com, www.pauldana.com, and www.jimmykite.com.