Pike Peak: Jimmy Kite preview

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga., Tuesday, June 11, 2002 - Jimmy Kite will return to the cockpit of the ...

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga., Tuesday, June 11, 2002 - Jimmy Kite will return to the cockpit of the #59 Westcon Racing/ Westcon Elevator/ Bloomer Beast this weekend at Pikes Peak International Raceway (PPIR) in Fountain, Colorado. The Stockbridge, Georgia resident will be making his third United States Auto Club (USAC) Silver Crown series start of 2002 in Sunday's 100-mile/ 100 lap event.

Kite, the 1997 Silver Crown Rookie of the Year, commented: "After we left Nazareth with some unfinished business I asked the guys if I could run the car at Pikes Peak. They were happy to put me in the car and I am thrilled to get the chance to keep running such good equipment. We gelled pretty quickly but after a few more days together I think we can put the Westcon Racing/ Westcon Elevator/ Bloomer Beast upfront."

Kite first drove the Westcon entry at Nazareth where the race was stopped early due to poor weather with no final results posted. However, the short time in the car gave Kite a positive feeling about the Beast chassis/ Bloomer engine-combination.

"The car was just awesome and the team did a great job with almost no track time," remarked the 1998 Indianapolis 500 'fastest rookie qualifier'. "Nazareth wasn't a real test for this car or team because the weather had it down to one groove and no one could pass. But, I think this weekend should really show the qualities of the car. I am looking forward to driving it and finding out just what it can do on a traditional one-mile oval. I love Pikes Peak and it suits my style well. I am looking forward to a good weekend for the Westcon car."

Kite last drove at PPIR in 2000 in a one-year old chassis for Blueprint Racing in the Indy Racing League (IRL). He was making his way up through a field of new cars when a faulty fuel pump ended his day prematurely.

Kite began racing quarter-midgets at the age of eight and worked his way up through mini-sprints, USAC midgets, sprint cars and Silver Crown cars to the IRL. He is a five-time national champion in various open-wheel series with countless victories. He has a career total of 22 Indy Racing events and $1,232,000 in career IRL earnings.

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