BUSCH: Richmond II: Alex Garcia race report

Short Weekend For Alex Garcia & Transnet Racing At Richmond RICHMOND, Virginia (September 11, 2007) - - NASCAR Busch Series rookie Alex Garcia and his Transnet Racing team had high hopes for last weekend's event at Richmond International Raceway...

Short Weekend For Alex Garcia & Transnet Racing At Richmond

RICHMOND, Virginia (September 11, 2007) - - NASCAR Busch Series rookie Alex Garcia and his Transnet Racing team had high hopes for last weekend's event at Richmond International Raceway (RIR), but unfortunately an incident during the second practice session of the day eliminated the team from competition and forced an early trip back to Atlanta.

When the team unloaded at RIR, Garcia and company were looking forward to putting their former Roush-Fenway Racing machine on the track and having a chance to see what their machine could do in race trim.

[IMAGE]During the first practice session, the team was only able to produce the 45th fastest lap after mounting a time of 22.759 seconds at 118.634 MPH, just one second off the session leader's fastest time.

With practice in the books, Transnet Racing, led by veteran crew chief Danny Gill, could make adjustments to the No. 98 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS, hoping to find some more speed heading into the rookie session.

During the limited rookie session, Garcia tackled eight laps around RIR, producing a lap of 23.151 seconds or 116.626 MPH netting the 14th fastest time on the rundown.

"We've utilized the first two practice sessions to find out what adjustments we can make that would benefit our team," said Garcia, the first Venezuelan to race in NASCAR. Participating in a new track has its challenges for any rookie team, but I feel like heading into Happy Hour the changes we made to our machine will pay off."

Unfortunately, Garcia's "Happy Hour" session would not be so happy after a spin into the wall caused severe damage to team's only Richmond car.

With no backup and the damage beyond repair at the facility, the team was forced to withdraw from the Emerson Radio 250.

Noted Garcia, who only turned three laps in Happy Hour, "I was just getting into a rhythm and I felt like we were going to turn some competitive laps and it ended before we could even really get going. It's a shame. This wasn't the way we wanted our weekend to go. We will rebound, this team is experiencing some growing pains, but we're not going to give up. We'll be back at a race soon and look to bounce back from Richmond."

-credit: tr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Alex Garcia