Tolsma's "the big white truck"

Randy Tolsma doesn't just talk about it; he really does race "The Big White Truck" Charlotte, NC (April 3, 2001) - Some shipping companies may talk about racing their truck, but they don't. Randy Tolsma and Team Rensi Motorsports do race "The...

Randy Tolsma doesn't just talk about it; he really does race
"The Big White Truck"

Charlotte, NC (April 3, 2001) - Some shipping companies may talk about racing their truck, but they don't. Randy Tolsma and Team Rensi Motorsports do race "The Big White Truck," debuting this weekend at Martinsville. Tolsma and his No. 61 Chevrolet Silverado will be a conversation piece to say the least.

"Fans need something to associate a driver and what they race. Leaving the truck blank meant no conversations by the media or fans. "The Big White Truck" is a spoof of sorts and has really helped maintain good moral back at the shop. With the unfortunate situations Team Rensi Motorsports has faced over the last few weeks, I think this is a positive that everyone will enjoy," Tolsma said.

"The Big White Truck" is the result of Randy and crew members joking around and making quirky suggestions about what the team could put on the plain white truck to attract fans and give them something to cheer for in the stands. Like many teams this season, Team Rensi Motorsports has been unsuccessful obtaining a sponsor, and rather than leave the truck blank, they decided to have fun with it until sponsorship opportunities arise.

A few more conversation pieces were added as the design stage progressed. An internal joke sparked the design of "Ray." Ray is a cartoon figure and is planted on the deck lid, peaking out at the Italian flag, saying "Il Mostro Biancho," which is "The white monster in Italian." Why in Italian? Ed and Sam Rensi come from Italian decent and are proud of their heritage and being the owners of the organization, it made perfect sense. The No. 61 Craftsman Truck is the first bilingual, international race truck in the series. The team hopes to attract race fans from around the world.

It seems Tolsma is associated with colors quite often. During his stint in the IWX sponsored truck, Tolsma was deemed "The Taupe Terminator," due to the colors of his truck. That nickname has faded over the years,. The combination of "The Big White Truck," "Ray," a foreign language, and of course, his white fire suit, just might earn Tolsma a new nickname.

Tolsma has run well previously at Martinsville and is confident that this weekend will be no different. Two days of testing confirmed the team's aspirations. Tolsma has an awesome truck and plans to give his fellow competitors a view of his rear bumper and be "The Big Winner."

Tolsma is currently sixth in the series point standings and is looking forward to this weekend's150th Nascar Craftsman Truck Series race. His average finish at Martinsville is tenth and he continues his quest for the Championship.

-Team Rensi

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Series NASCAR Truck
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