Transnet Racing Set To Burst Onto NASCAR Busch Series Circuit In 2007 ATLANTA, Georgia (Friday, February 9, 2007) - - Transnet Racing announced today that it will take a major stepping stone in the direction of its Motorsports program by...
Transnet Racing Set To Burst Onto NASCAR Busch Series Circuit In 2007
ATLANTA, Georgia (Friday, February 9, 2007) - - Transnet Racing announced today that it will take a major stepping stone in the direction of its Motorsports program by competing in a limited NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) schedule this season, with the goal to run a full-championship effort in 2008.
Transnet Racing makes the move to NASCAR following a successful stint in the open wheel ranks. The organization, founded in 2001, ran several years in the TOYOTA Atlantic Series with drivers Alex Garcia, Jonathan Bomarito, Barton Mawer and Charles Hall.
Garcia, 29, will take the reins of the No. 98 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS beginning with the third race on the NBS schedule from Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico on March 4.
"We're very excited about joining the NASCAR Busch Series," said driver and car owner Alex Garcia. "We have been working on this program for a long time. We now have the resources and the funding to put together a successful and promising team, we're looking for some solid results on the track this season."
Originally hailing from Venezuela, Garcia is looking forward to returning to his racing roots when the NBS takes center stage for their third event held in Mexico City next month. "Mexico is not only an important race for myself, but my team as well," he said. "Our team is continuing to work hard on our road course program and I'm confident that we'll be one of the 43 starters in the race."
Proceeding Mexico, Transnet Racing plans to compete in a minimum of 12 NASCAR Busch Series events throughout the remainder of the year. The team will carry the bowtie of Chevrolet as its manufacturer with GP Race Engines supplying the horsepower for the team's inaugural season.
Jason Roche has been selected to lead the team's efforts as crew chief effective immediately. Roche comes to the team with an extensive background in Motorsports. He has worked in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the NASCAR Busch Series.
Before switching gears to crew chief, Roche was himself a professional racecar driver for several years. "We're excited to have Jason aboard," continued Garcia. "He is bringing a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm into our organization. He is willing to do anything to get the job done. We're glad he's on our side."
Transnet Racing is also proud to announce today that both Dixien LLC and OmniSource Corporation will join the team as primary sponsors of Garcia's Monte Carlo SS.
"We're very excited and honored to have Dixien LLC and OmniSource Corporation aboard as we embark in our new journey in NASCAR," Garcia said. "Both corporations stand behind our goals and are an exciting new addition to the NASCAR Busch Series. We look forward to having them at the track with us and promoting their products both on and off the track."
The NASCAR Busch Series won't be the first wave of stock car experience for Garcia. In 2005, he participated in five NASCAR Elite Division events posting three impressive top-10 finishes. Last year, he conquered the demanding and wicked half-mile oval of Salem Speedway (Indiana) in his ARCA RE/MAX Series debut with a solid 20th place run.
"It's a good feeling to have some stock car experience heading into the NASCAR Busch Series," Garcia explained. "My goal is to use the 2007 season as a transition period. We want to make races. We want to run well. If we can do that, I think our team has achieved our goals and we'll have a jumpstart towards the full season in 2008."
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