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Alex Garcia Sets Sights On Richmond

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Stock Car Racing Topics:  Alex Garcia, Emerson Radio 250

Alex Garcia Sets Sights On Richmond

Chris Knight
Transnet Racing
September 5, 2007

RICHMOND, Virginia (September 5, 2007) – - This weekend marks an important turning point for Transnet Racing as driver Alex Garcia will attempt to make his first NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) start on an oval track. Garcia, who made his Busch Series debut at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City , Mexico earlier this year, has competed in all three road course events on the 2007 schedule, most recently earning a career best finish of 23rd at Watkins Glen International last month.

Garcia, a native of Caracas , Venezuela , made international news in March when he became the first Venezuelan to race in NASCAR. This weekend, the 98 Dixien/OmniSource/Prime Automotive Coatings Chevrolet will be running a very special Venezuelan flag-themed paint scheme, proudly flying the yellow, blue, and red colors of his native country. The team’s primary sponsor, Dixien LLC, is a Hispanic Minority Business Enterprise.

The Venezuelan driver is now looking forward to his first career NBS short track event, and hopes to improve his career best finish at Friday’s Emerson Radio 250.

“As a team we’re extremely excited for Richmond ,” said Garcia, a native of Venezuela . “I’m very pleased with the progress that the team has made this season. We showed a great deal of potential in our last two races at Montreal and Watkins Glen, and I know after the dedication that we have put into our short track program, the odds look good for us to continue our momentum.”

In Garcia’s second race of the season in Montreal , the organization had tapped veteran crew chief Danny Gill to lead the team’s effort. The team immediately came to life and began showing consistency. With Gill’s background and knowledge, Garcia is confident his experience will pay off for the team on Friday night.

“Danny Gill has become an important player in our race team,” Garcia noted. “He came into our team with a fresh outlook, plenty of experience, and an open mind. He has brought us a new prospective. After notching our best finish of the season last month on the road course, we feel that Gill’s insight will pay dividends this weekend.”

The Transnet Racing team has elected to bring chassis No. 005 to RIR this weekend. The car has never been raced, but it served as the backup car for the team’s road course races. Interestingly, the machine is also a former Roush-Fenway Racing Ford Fusion. However, since purchasing the machine, they have transformed the Ford into a Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS.

“We’ve never raced this car, but we’ve tested it,” sounded Garcia. This race is important for us, I’ve been known for my road racing abilities, but this is another opportunity for us to shine and we plan to make the best of it.”

Knowing that Friday’s NASCAR Busch Series race at RIR marks his final short track events of the season, Garcia is looking for consistency and seat time.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that it will be a competitive field at Richmond . We are planning to come fully prepared and ready to go. Practice will be crucial for our team. Learning the track, adjusting the car and putting in a solid qualifying run will be our main objectives early on.

Continuing the team’s sponsorship this weekend is Dixien, OmniSource, and Prime Automotive Coatings.

“Our sponsors have been very supportive this season. They’ve been with us through the good and bad, and that means a lot to not only me, but to this team. This is another opportunity for us to give our sponsors some great exposure, and that’s a high priority on my list to do this weekend.”

Following this weekend’s event, Transnet Racing’s next NASCAR Busch Series race will be at Kansas Speedway on September 29th. The team will close out their year by racing Texas Motor Speedway and the season finale at Homestead Miami Speedway.

The Emerson Radio 250 is the 28th of 35 events on the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series schedule. Practice begins at 8:30 AM with a rookie session scheduled to commence at 9:40 AM. Final practice is set for 10:00 AM leading up to qualifying at 4:05 PM. The event is set to roll off at 8:00 PM on ESPN2.

Alex Garcia, Transnet Racing, Richmond International Raceway

Notes of Interest:

· Alex Garcia is attempting to make his fourth career NASCAR Busch Series start this weekend in Richmond . His previous NBS experience came at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in March where he finished 34th after starting 43rd. In August, 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 failure while running eighth. Most recently, the team competed in the final road course race of the season at Watkins Glen International where the team qualified 31st but produced a very solid run during the event to post a 23rd place effort, a career best for Garcia and the team.

· 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 www.transnetracing.com

For additional input on Dixien LLC, please log onto www.dixien.com

Find more about OmniSource Corporation by clicking on www.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
PHONE: 239.834.9797
EMAIL: cknight@transnetracing.com

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