Alex Garcia Makes Surprising Return To Watkins Glen: Transnet Racing Zippo 200 Advance SURPRISE, SURPRISE -- Alex Garcia, driver of the No. 98 Dixien/OmniSource Chevrolet, originally withdrew his team's entry from the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen...
Alex Garcia Makes Surprising Return To Watkins Glen: Transnet Racing Zippo 200 Advance
SURPRISE, SURPRISE -- Alex Garcia, driver of the No. 98 Dixien/OmniSource Chevrolet, originally withdrew his team's entry from the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International after receiving substantial damage to the rear clip of the No. 004 chassis at last weekend's race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve; however, fate stepped in and Transnet Racing was offered a racecar by Front Row Motorsports, allowing the team to reinstate its entry in the final road course event of the season.
A DIFFERENT LOOK -- The No. 98 Dixien/OmniSource Chevrolet will be sporting a black and silver paint job as opposed to the familiar blue and white scheme the team has run in its five previous road course appearances. The Transnet Racing machine will match its Front Row Motorsports sister car, driven by Eric McClure.
THE WAYUU TAYA FOUNDATION -- For the third time this season, the No. 98 Dixien/OmniSource Chevrolet will be carrying the logos of The Wayuu Taya Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by actress and model Patricia Velasquez, which assists the Latin American indigenous people, focusing primarily on those in Venezuela. Garcia, originally from Caracas, became involved with the organization in 2007 after he became the first Venezuelan to race is NASCAR.
ON WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL -- "Watkins Glen is a great, fast track, the fastest of all the road courses. Unlike Mexico City and Montreal there are really only 3 braking points and a lot of sweeping turns, so you're really able to keep your speed up. I had been to this track once in Formula 2000 before my Nationwide Series start last year, but it's a whole different track when you're in a big stock car."
ON THE RACE -- "We had a good race last year, especially considering most of our practice time got rained out, but we feel that we could have done much better than we did. We got punted off the track at one point and it took a while to regain all those positions, and that's time we would have spent marching towards the front."
ON FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS -- "We were so disappointed when we realized that we wouldn't be able to repair our road course car in time for the race, and it was such a letdown for the entire organization when we thought we weren't going to be able to race the last road course of the season. It was a huge surprise when we received the phone call from Front Row about the possibility of using their equipment and we're extremely excited to have the opportunity to be here this weekend."
ON THE FANS -- "We were really amazed by the amount of fans that contacted us telling us how disappointed they were that we weren't going to be racing this weekend. It meant so much to us that we had so many people pulling for us and looking forward to seeing us race, and we're so glad that we're going to get out there on the track this weekend."