Alex Garcia Sets Sights On Richmond RICHMOND, Virginia (September 5, 2007) - - This weekend marks an important turning point for Transnet Racing as driver Alex Garcia will attempt to make his first NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) start on an ...
Alex Garcia Sets Sights On Richmond
RICHMOND, Virginia (September 5, 2007) - - This weekend marks an important turning point for Transnet Racing as driver Alex Garcia will attempt to make his first NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) start on an oval track. Garcia, who made his Busch Series debut at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico earlier this year, has competed in all three road course events on the 2007 schedule, most recently earning a career best finish of 23rd at Watkins Glen International last month.
Garcia, a native of Caracas, Venezuela, made international news in March when he became the first Venezuelan to race in NASCAR. This weekend, the 98 Dixien/OmniSource/Prime Automotive Coatings Chevrolet will be running a very special Venezuelan flag-themed paint scheme, proudly flying the yellow, blue, and red colors of his native country. The team's primary sponsor, Dixien LLC, is a Hispanic Minority Business Enterprise.
The Venezuelan driver is now looking forward to his first career NBS short track event, and hopes to improve his career best finish at Friday's Emerson Radio 250.
"As a team we're extremely excited for Richmond," said Garcia, a native of Venezuela. "I'm very pleased with the progress that the team has made this season. We showed a great deal of potential in our last two races at Montreal and Watkins Glen, and I know after the dedication that we have put into our short track program, the odds look good for us to continue our momentum."
In Garcia's second race of the season in Montreal, the organization had tapped veteran crew chief Danny Gill to lead the team's effort. The team immediately came to life and began showing consistency. With Gill's background and knowledge, Garcia is confident his experience will pay off for the team on Friday night.
"Danny Gill has become an important player in our race team," Garcia noted. "He came into our team with a fresh outlook, plenty of experience, and an open mind. He has brought us a new prospective. After notching our best finish of the season last month on the road course, we feel that Gill's insight will pay dividends this weekend."
The Transnet Racing team has elected to bring chassis No. 005 to RIR this weekend. The car has never been raced, but it served as the backup car for the team's road course races. Interestingly, the machine is also a former Roush-Fenway Racing Ford Fusion. However, since purchasing the machine, they have transformed the Ford into a Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS.
"We've never raced this car, but we've tested it," sounded Garcia. This race is important for us, I've been known for my road racing abilities, but this is another opportunity for us to shine and we plan to make the best of it."
Knowing that Friday's NASCAR Busch Series race at RIR marks his final short track events of the season, Garcia is looking for consistency and seat time.
"There's no doubt in my mind that it will be a competitive field at Richmond. We are planning to come fully prepared and ready to go. Practice will be crucial for our team. Learning the track, adjusting the car and putting in a solid qualifying run will be our main objectives early on.