- Transnet Racing
Company Name = Transnet Racing
| Owner(s) Name = Alex Garcia
Racing Series =
NASCAR Nationwide Series
Championships = 0
Car Number(s) = #98
Driver(s) = Alex Garcia (#98)
Primary Sponsor(s) = Dixien Automotive Stampings, OmniSource (#98)
Shop Location =
Homepage = [http://www.transnetracing.com Transnet Racing]
Transnet Racing is a
stock car racingteam that currently competes in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The team is a Minority Business Enterprise principally owned by Venezuelan driver Alex Garcia. [ [http://www.jayski.com/nationwide/2008/2008nationwide-chart.htm Jayski.com 2008 Nationwide Series Driver Chart] ]
Transnet Racing's shop is located in
Morrow, Georgia, just south of Atlanta. The 10,000 square-foot facility primarily houses the team's NASCAR Nationwide Series program, as well as their Late Model and show car program.
Transnet Racing was founded by
Venezuelan driver Alex Garcia and his father Juan, with the goal of participating at the highest levels of U.S. racing and providing a platform for young and skilled drivers looking to compete on an international stage. Initially an open wheel race team, Transnet Racing first participated in Formula Vee, Formula Ford, and Formula Ford 200 racing. The Hispanic-owned team made its Atlantic Championshipdebut in 2002 with Alex Garcia behind the wheel, making 22 starts by 2003.
The team expanded to a two-car effort for the 2004 season with
Jonathan Bomaritopiloting the #8 Dixien/OmniSource Swift 014. Transnet Racing made 13 starts and experienced tremendous success during 2004, including earning the team’s first podium finish at Portland, but decided to part ways with the series mid-season.
Transition To Stock Car Racing
In 2005 the team began to experiment with stock car racing, competing in NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division races while at the same time moving into a new purpose-built shop in Morrow, Georgia. While Transnet Racing announced its return to the ChampCar Atlantic Championship after a one year break, it still pursued stock car racing, participating in the
ARCA RE/MAX Seriesevent at Salem Speedwayin September 2006. [ [http://arcaracing.com/schedule.cfm?contentid=1043 2006 ARCA RE/MAX Series Results: Eddie Gilstrap Motors ARCA Fall Classic by Advance Auto Parts] ]
In December 2006 Transnet Racing announced that it would begin competing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with Alex Garcia driving the #98 Dixien/OmniSource Chevrolet. The team ran part-time schedules in the series in 2007 and 2008, participating in several historic road course events, including the inaugural
NAPA Auto Parts 200at Circuit Gilles Villeneuvein Montreal, Quebec, in 2007, [ [http://www.nascar.com/races/bg/2007/23/data/results_official.html NNS Results: 2007 NAPA Auto Parts 200] ] the last NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, (2008) [ [http://www.nascar.com/races/bg/2008/9/data/results_official.html NNS Results: 2008 Corona Mexico 200] ] and the 2008 race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, [ [http://www.nascar.com/races/bg/2008/23/data/results_official.html NNS Results: 2008 NAPA Auto Parts 200] ] in which teams competed in the rain for the first time in a NASCAR points event. [ [http://www.nascar.com/races/bg/2008/23/index.html 2008 NAPA Auto Parts 200 Race Review] ] Garcia also became the first Venezuelan driver to compete in one of NASCAR's premier series when he debuted at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in March 2007.
NASCAR Nationwide Series
Car #98 History
The No. 98 Chevrolet Monte Carlo first raced in the Telcel Motorola Mexico 200 at
Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguezin Mexico Cityon March 4, 2007. Rookie driver Alex Garcia piloted the car, with sponsorship from Dixien Automotive Stampings and OmniSource for three races in the 2007 season, earning a top finishing position of 23rd. In 2008, Alex Garcia continued to drive the 98 machine, participating in the road course races in Mexico City and Montreal.
After two part-time seasons, the team plans to run the 98 full-time in the Nationwide Series in 2009 with Alex Garcia behind the wheel.
Car #98 Career Statistics
* [http://www.transnetracing.com/ Official Transnet Racing Website]
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