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Hollenbeck Turns To Berlin For Strong Finish

Chris Knight
Hollenbeck Motorsports
July 3, 2007

“ Kalamazoo Native Looks For Second ARCA Start Of ‘07 With AV3”

MARNE, Michigan (July 3, 2007) - - ARCA RE/MAX Series competitor Jim Hollenbeck turns to Berlin Raceway for a strong performance in Saturday’s Request Foods-GFS 200.

Reviewing his prior ARS stats at the .4-mile paved oval, Berlin Raceway has been the kindest to the Kalamazoo , Michigan native yielding solid finishes. This weekend Hollenbeck hopes to finish what he started in last year’s event before he was swept into an early race incident.

Last July after practicing in the top-15, Hollenbeck qualified his machine solidly in the top-20 only to be involved in an accident on lap four. This year, Hollenbeck returns with a vengeance and plans to compete in all 200 laps.

“Last year was sheer disappointment,” said Hollenbeck. “We had a great car. It was one of the strongest days we’ve ever had as a team but it we couldn’t close the deal. This year we want to do everything right and grab our first top-10 finish.”

Hollenbeck turns to Berlin after making his 13th career ARS start last month at Michigan International Speedway. After having some problems in practice, Hollenbeck picked up nearly a second in qualifying to put him 29th on the starting grid.

Firing off like a rocket ship at the start of the race, it appeared that Hollenbeck had enough power to put himself solidly in the top-20. Unfortunately, for the second consecutive year, engine failure would strike Hollenbeck at MIS just 13 laps into the race putting him out of the event with a disappointing 36th place finish.

“We’re definitely looking to rebound after our run at Michigan ,” Hollenbeck stated. “While I’m disappointed that we lost a motor at Michigan , I have to be grateful for us making the race after the problems we had during practice. Andy Belmont was gracious enough to loan us some of his team members for the week and they helped us tremendously. I thank him and his guys for that.”

Another reason the second-generation driver is looking forward to his hometown track is for the second consecutive race, Hollenbeck has picked up sponsorship from AV3.

AV3 was started so physicians could control their lives and destiny. The company was founded by four vascular surgeons who are familiar with the current limitations and opportunities of the constantly changing health care environment. AV3 stands to improve the quality of healthcare within the physician’s control.

Joining AV3 this week will be Spectra Contracting, a successful contracting business owned by Hollenbeck.

“We’re glad to have AV3 back onboard this weekend at Berlin Raceway. We tried to give them a strong run in their ARCA debut but couldn’t make it happen. We’re getting a second chance and we plan to make the best of it.”

For the second straight race, Hollenbeck has united with Andy Belmont Racing and will carry the No. 62 for Saturday’s race. Hollenbeck is also expected to get guidance and additional at track support from ABR.

“You can’t say enough about Andy Belmont,” Hollenbeck said. “He is a good guy. He always helps people and has always been there for me. I thank him for that. Hopefully we can have a good run on Saturday night and move his second number up in the point standings.”

Hollenbeck Motorsports still has openings on their Ford for the remainder of the 2007 season. Immediate one race or long term sponsorship positions are available. Contact the team today and see how the ARCA RE/MAX Series provides a ROI (Return-On-Investment).

The Request Foods-GFS 200 (200 laps/88 miles) is the 12th of 23 events on the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The 20th ARCA race held at Berlin Raceway is a one-day show. Practice begins Saturday, July 7 with an hour and a half practice (2:30pm-4:00pm) session planned. ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 5:00pm Local Time. The event will take the green flag later that night at 8:30pm Local Time. The race will not be televised. However, additional race coverage can be found online at arcaracing.com

JIM HOLLENBECK BERLIN QUICK FACTS:

2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series Stats:

Starts: One

Best Start: 29

Top-Fives: None

Top-10s: None

Did Not Finish (DNFs): One at Michigan International Speedway

Laps Led: None

Notes of Interest:

  • Hollenbeck Motorsports shop is adjacent to Spectra Contracting, a contracting firm owned by Jim Hollenbeck in Kalamazoo , Michigan .
  • Hollenbeck has five previous starts at Berlin Raceway. He has a career best qualifying effort of ninth at Berlin Raceway in 2004. His best finish occurred in 2005 when he finished 17th.
  • Hollenbeck and his father Larry Hollenbeck both qualified for most recent ARCA RE/MAX Series event at Michigan International Speedway. It marked the first time this season that a father and son both competed in the same race.
  • Hollenbeck and wife Tera are expecting their second child, a girl later this year.

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    NAME: Chris Knight, Hollenbeck Motorsports
    PHONE: 239.834.9797
    EMAIL: knight849@aol.com

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