Roar of The Crowd to Drive Hendrick, GMAC Chevy at Kentucky FORT MITCHELL, KY (June 11, 2001) - There's only one sound that Ricky Hendrick loves more than the roar of 43 racing engines. "It's great when you can hear the fans cheering," said ...
Roar of The Crowd to Drive Hendrick, GMAC Chevy at Kentucky
FORT MITCHELL, KY (June 11, 2001) - There's only one sound that Ricky Hendrick loves more than the roar of 43 racing engines.
"It's great when you can hear the fans cheering," said Hendrick, who will pilot the No. 24 GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the NASCAR Busch Series Outback Steakhouse 300 at Kentucky Speedway this weekend. "The Kentucky Speedway facility is beautiful and they packed the house for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race last year. Having a big crowd is always cool. When you get a group of people together who love racing as much as we do, it adds a lot. We'll give the fans a great show, that I can guarantee."
The 21-year-old Hendrick has been giving Truck Series fans their money's worth this season turning in a number of top performances including a second-place finish in the season-opening event at Daytona Beach, FL. Currently fifth in the NCTS season point standings and coming off a fifth-place finish in the division's most recent event at Texas Motor Speedway, Hendrick will now shift gears joining the Busch Series ranks this weekend.
"Kentucky Speedway is fast, that's why the drivers like it," said Hendrick of the 1.5-mile tri-oval layout. "My favorite part of racing is the high speeds, so I will be really comfortable at Kentucky. We have a full season commitment to the Craftsman Truck Series, so we are hoping to gain valuable experience with the Busch race so we can get a win in Kentucky in the truck. Our Busch car surprised us a little in testing at Kentucky, so we are looking forward to the Busch race too."
Hendrick was impressive in the test, an exercise that nearly didn't happen.
"We got rained out the first day of the test, really rained out," said Hendrick. "There was thunder and lightning, but no racing. That day was a total wash. The second day we were able to get on the track and we did very well. We posted the fastest time of the test and got a really good feel for the track. So often experience plays an important role in the way the race turns out. We got a little with the test. Now Team GMAC will need to apply it to the race."
Hendrick, who finished 18th at Charlotte, NC in his only Busch Series start of the season, knows he will have to keep his red, white and blue GMAC Monte Carlo out of trouble for 300 miles to finish near the front this weekend at Kentucky.
"Whenever you are running high speeds, anything can happen," Hendrick stated. "It's easy to just lose it if you're not careful. I'm sure there will be a good share of cautions, but that's racing. We are really looking forward to the race."
The Outback Steakhouse 300 at Kentucky Speedway will take the green flag Saturday, June 16 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will be telecast live on FX and will be broadcast by MRN radio.
GMAC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Motors since 1919, is the financial arm of the corporation. Through an original mission to provide wholesale and retail financing to GM dealers and customers and then to offer a variety of automotive insurance services, GMAC had provided $1 trillion to finance nearly 150 million cars and trucks worldwide. Over the last 15 years, GMAC has greatly diversified into today entity of GMAC Financial Services, with some 29,000 employees at 700 facilities in 40 countries. Its offerings today also include residential and commercial mortgages; real estate and relocation services; special programs for members of the GM Family and GM Supplier community; and commercial financing. For more information on GMAC Financial Services products, log on to www.gmacfs.com.