Alex Garcia; Transnet Racing Head To Watkins Glen With Unfinished Business
Topics: Alex Garcia, Zippo 200 at The Glen
August 9, 2007
WATKINS GLEN, New York (Thursday, August 9, 2007) – - Transnet Racing, a new team to the NASCAR Busch Series proved to the rest of the circuit last week in Montreal they can compete with the best-of-the-best. Unfortunately, an engine failure just 18 laps into the event forced driver Alex Garcia and his rookie team to watch the remainder of the race from the sidelines.
With the series heading to Watkins Glen International this week, Transnet Racing opted not to return to their operations in Atlanta , Georgia but hover up north and work on their No. 98 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS to prepare to make their third start of the 2007 season in Saturday’s Zippo 200 at The Glen.
Transnet Racing, headed by crew chief Danny Gill have replaced the damaged engine and are revving to go in the 24th installment of the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series schedule.
“What happened last weekend was really unfortunate,” said Alex Garcia, the first Venezuelan driver to compete in the NASCAR Busch Series. “The light at the end of the tunnel is that we were able to overcome the obstacles we faced leading up to the race. We made exceptional gains during the race, but we weren’t able to seal the deal, hopefully this weekend at Watkins Glen everything will play into our hands and we can bring home a good finish.”
Transnet Racing also accredits the addition of crew chief Danny Gill for the turnaround performance of the No. 98 team.
“We’ve been able to bring Danny in and he has been able to show us a lot of great things,” added Garcia. “He has been instrumental in the success of the team at the shop and at the racetrack. Montreal was his first race with us and even though we had our fair share of hiccups, I am very please about the performance of the entire team and we are looking forward to backing it up this weekend in Watkins Glen.”
Speaking of Watkins Glen, Garcia has never competed at the 2.45 mile road course, but the Georgia resident is banking on his past road racing experience in the TOYOTA Atlantic Championship Series to potentially reel in the team’s first top-10 run.
“I enjoy competing on the road course races in the NASCAR Busch Series,” offered Garcia. “I’m fortunate enough where I have some prior road racing knowledge and I feel that has helped me tremendously as I’ve made the transition to stock cars.”
Garcia continued, “Our goal this weekend at Watkins Glen is to record as much practice time as we possibly can. I would like to think that we can qualify solidly in the top-20 and be in contention during the race. We were able to steadily work our way through the pack last weekend in Montreal , I know we can do that again this weekend.”
Dixien LLC and OmniSource Corporation will back the team’s effort this weekend.
Dixien LLC is a full service, tier one supplier of Metal Stampings, Welded Assemblies and Plastic Components based in Georgia . OmniSource Corporation is the largest privately held scrap processor in the United States . OmniSource can provide a variety of services, from vacuum processing of alloy solids to scrap management services for a variety of industry segments.
“The progress that we made last weekend gives the team and our sponsors some momentum,” sounded Garcia. “Watkins Glen provides another chance for our Transnet Racing team to race to the front and stay there. I would be disappointed if I didn’t think we had a realistic chance of finishing in the top-10.”
Transnet Racing will announce the remainder of their 2007 racing plans in the near future.
The Zippo 200 at The Glen is the 24th of 35 events on the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series schedule. Practice begins Friday, August 10 at 1:30pm. Final practice is scheduled to roll off Friday evening at 5:30pm. Busch pole qualifying is set to commence on Saturday, August 11 at 11:35am. The event will be televised live on ESPN2 beginning Saturday afternoon at 3:00pm.
Alex Garcia, Transnet Racing, Watkins Glen Notes of Interest:
· Alex Garcia is attempting to make his third career NASCAR Busch Series start this weekend in Montreal . His previous NBS experience came at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in March where he finished 34th after starting 43rd. Last weekend, Transnet Racing joined the NASCAR Busch Series in their inaugural debut in Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Garcia started 24th but finished 36th after experiencing engines woes while running eighth.
· Owner and driver Alex Garcia is the first Venezuelan to race in NASCAR.
· Before making the move to stock cars, Garcia was a successful owner and driver in the TOYOTA Atlantic Championship Series.
· Crew Chief Danny Gill has experience in all three of NASCAR’s top series, as well as the ARCA RE/MAX Series.
· Transnet Racing is in its first year of NASCAR Busch Series competition. The team will spend the 2007 season running a limited schedule before stepping up to a full time championship effort in 2008.
For more on Alex Garcia and Transnet Racing please visit TransnetRacing.com
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Find more about OmniSource Corporation by clicking on Omnisource.com
About Dixien LLC:
Dixien, LLC. is a full service, tier one supplier of Metal Stampings, Welded Assemblies, and Plastic Components based in Georgia . The Hispanic Minority Business Enterprise has been an automotive OEM supplier since 1982 with a customer base that includes BMW, Ford, Nissan, Electrolux, and others. Business has expanded through the years, and today Dixien is a highly respected supplier to the automotive and outdoor power equipment industries, operating two metal products plants in Atlanta and one plastic products plant in Macon . Dixien's operations in the Southeast all share a tradition of commitment to quality craftsmanship. These beliefs are exemplified in their quality policy: "Zero defects. Excellence in everything we do."
About OmniSource Corporation:
OmniSource Corporation is the largest privately held scrap processor in the United States . OmniSource can provide a variety of services, from vacuum processing of alloy solids to scrap management services for a variety of industry segments. They are also a processor of metal bearing waste streams that would contain residual nickel and/or cobalt. Their singular focus for over 60 years on scrap processing and transportation, marketing and brokerage, management, and consulting has fueled their growth into one of the leading scrap recycling companies in North America, handling over 6 million tons of Ferrous scrap and 700 million pounds of Non-Ferrous metals annually.
NAME: Chris Knight, Transnet Racing
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