PRA: Jimmy Kite Indy IRP preview

Jimmy Kite To Open 2006 Season with History Making PRA Event CLERMONT, IND., May 12, 2006 - It isn't often a 30 year-old driver gets to debut a 50 year-old concept in a brand new race series. However, that is just what Jimmy Kite...

Jimmy Kite To Open 2006 Season with History Making PRA Event

CLERMONT, IND., May 12, 2006 - It isn't often a 30 year-old driver gets to debut a 50 year-old concept in a brand new race series. However, that is just what Jimmy Kite will do on Wednesday, May 17 at Indianapolis Raceway Park (IRP) when the Premier Racing Association (PRA) opens its inaugural Big Car Series season at the .686-mile oval. It is only fitting that Kite, who will be starting his fourth consecutive season driving the No. 5 Westcon Elevator/ Westcon Racing Bloomer Engines Beast, is on the large entry list for the Circle City 100. He is among the few drivers under the age of 40 to make the move from quarter-midget race cars to midgets to sprint cars into the powerful "Big Cars" on his way to becoming a regular in the IRL IndyCar Series. He has continued to return to the "Big Cars"- traditional front-engined, open cockpit, tube-framed race cars- throughout his career in Indy cars and NASCAR stock car racing. The 1997 Copper World Classic USAC Silver Crown winner will be attempting to make the feature event in the inaugural PRA event against a field of over 50 cars.

"I love driving these cars," said Kite. "The last few years I've only been able to race in a few events every season. Now with the PRA being announced, it looks like we'll be racing as many as seven times. All of their races are scheduled for Tuesday or Wednesday so we can race here during the week and go and run whatever else on the weekend. That's the way it used to be and I think it's cool. I'm really excited about that. Ron and Kevin [Bloomstran, team owners] are ready to race too. We only had three starts last year but we were pretty fast. So, we're all really looking forward to bringing that package to the PRA this year."

In only three appearances, all on pavement, with the Ron and Kevin Bloomstran-owned team in 2005, Kite took home two top-tens and a top-15 finish. Those results included an eighth-place finish at IRP.

"IRP is one of my favorite tracks," continued Kite. "I love this place. This is what short-track racing is all about. It's going to be tough to even get into these shows, not just here at IRP but all season. There are over 50 cars entered next week and I think that is going to stay that way all year. The teams and drivers love these cars but, even more importantly, the fans do. You can't find a better show anywhere in racing than with these cars. This is where a lot of the great drivers got their breaks, winning in these cars. I got my shot to run Indy cars because I won the Copper World in one of these cars. It's just awesome racing. I'm really glad that someone had the good sense to go out and make this series instead of having all of these cars gathering dust somewhere. It's better to make history than be history and these cars put on too good of a show to be in a museum."

The IRP gates open at 3 PM (EDT) with practice starting at 4:45 PM. Qualifying will begin at 5:45 PM with heat races starting at 7 PM.

To learn more about Jimmy Kite, please visit www.JimmyKite.com. For the Jimmy Kite Fan Club, log-on to www.JimmyKiteFans.com. Westcon Racing can be found on the web at www.WestconRacing.com. More on the PRA Big Car Series can be found by visiting www.PRARacing.com.

-dhc-

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