Andretti-Helmling Team Carquest IRP preview

INDIANAPOLIS (May 7, 2001) -- A week after a 12th place finish in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, the Andretti-Helmling Team CARQUEST USAC Silver Bullet team with driver Bud Kaeding returns to action this Saturday in the Coca-Cola 100, presented by...

INDIANAPOLIS (May 7, 2001) -- A week after a 12th place finish in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, the Andretti-Helmling Team CARQUEST USAC Silver Bullet team with driver Bud Kaeding returns to action this Saturday in the Coca-Cola 100, presented by Crystal Flash, a USAC Silver Bullet series, 100-lap event on the .686-mile oval at Indianapolis Raceway Park, near Indianapolis, Indiana

The CARQUEST USAC Silver Bullet team with driver Bud Kaeding rebounded from a disappointed start at Phoenix early this year by finishing 12th last week in the 100-mile USAC event at Nazareth Speedway. While the finish was strong, team co-owner Rollie Helmling wasn't happy with it and looks for a better finish this week at IRP.

"Actually it was kind of a lackluster performance," said Helmling, who co-owns the team, along with a CARQUEST store in Sullivan, Indiana, with John Andretti. "We certainly want to do better. We had a few teething problems with a new engine and really didn't get going until qualifying. We qualified 19th which wasn't what we wanted either. Bud drove a smart, heads up race as Nazareth is an extremely difficult track to pass on. I believe we would have had a top 10 finish, but as Bud was slowing to avoid a crash on lap 80 he got rear ended and the car got shortened up by at least a foot. We were able to hang on with the "ugly car" and lost a few positions to wind up 12th. We'll have it all fixed in time for IRP and ESPN2 this Saturday night, complete with a new tail and rear bumper."

The Coca-Cola 100, presented by Crystal Flash, features a twin bill with the 100-lap USAC Silver Bullet Series feature and the Baby Grand Stock Car Association, which will run a 20-lap event. Spectator gates for the May 12 event open at 4 p.m., with racing scheduled to commence at 7 p.m. The Coca-Cola 100, which runs every year the same day as the Indianapolis 500 pole day, will be televised by ESPN2 live from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. ET. Along with the CARQUEST team, the ESPN2 coverage will also feature the popular CARQUEST Cage Cam.

To listen to the Andretti-Helmling Team CARQUEST on a racing scanner, please tune to frequency 467.400 (used most often), and 467.44.

For more information on Andretti-Helmling Team CARQUEST. please visit, www.CARQUEST.com/andretti_helmling.htm

CARQUEST Corporation began 27 years ago with 100 auto parts stores. Today there are nearly 4,000 CARQUEST Auto Parts stores across North America. CARQUEST supplies the professional automotive service repair industry as well as do-it-yourselfers with replacement parts, tools and equipment. For more information, please visit www.CARQUEST.com.

CARQUEST, in all CAPS, is a registered trademark.

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Series USAC
Drivers John Andretti , Bud Kaeding