Coca-Cola 600 Pit Note #3
Office Depot Names Small Business Of Year: In a press announcement made this afternoon officials of Office Depot and Roush Fenway Racing announced Kentuckiana Engineering Co. of Louisville, Ky., has been named the Official Small Business of NASCAR Courtesy of Office Depot. The company will have a newly designed logo placed on the rear television panel of Carl Edwards' No. 99 Office Depot Ford.
Brian Handy, one the owners of Kentuckiana Engineering Co., unveiled the car along with driver Carl Edwards. This is huge for us and the other members of Kentuckiana Engineering," said Handy. "Now we can get national recognition and national and international exposure. We haven't had to do a lot of marketing, and when we have, most of our business has been done by word of mouth. This is really exciting for us."
Edwards knows the value of advertising one's self as he used to give out business cards to get sponsors. "This is awesome, to pursue your own goals," said Edwards." It's great to be a part of it. You do the things you have to do to make a small business work."
Handy and his other co-owners will receive a $10,000 office make-over courtesy of Office Depot, a visit by driver Carl Edwards, and a weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Kentuckiana Engineering deals with environmental consulting and with helping companies meet environmental standards.
This marks the third year that Office Depot has awarded this honor.
SCCA SPEED World Challenge Pole Winner Notes:
MICHAEL GALATI (K-PAX Racing LLC/Jim Haughey/Porsche 911 GT-3):"‘It is very nice to be here. The track is a little bit different from when I was here before, with the double chicane, and then back on the oval. We were here way back in 2000 and used the road course. I think the car is a little lighter than some of the others cars - the Corvettes, the Vipers and the Cadillacs. We don't have the torque at the bottom end, but we can brake better getting in. So in the middle of the corner the braking was very good. We ran about the same lap speed on the straightaway, but it's important to exit the corner to get a couple of miles an hour ahead of the other guys. The standing start will make for a great race. You don't have any time over there to race your way back. Qualifying is very important. You have a couple of seconds, maybe. It's like a Formula 1 start. It's very unique. It's special to be here this week and to be up front since passing is going to be a problem."