MOORESVILLE, N.C. (August 25, 2010) - The Key Motorsports Chevrolet driven by Mike Bliss carries a birthday message in this week’s NASCAR Nationwide Series event at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada, with team owner Curtis Keys mother, Geneva Key, celebrating her 75th birthday on Sunday, August 29th, car No. 40 is adorned with "Happy 75th Birthday Mom!" to honor this special occasion. Geneva Key is affectionately known as Mom to all members of the Key Motorsports organization.
"This is a special day for Mom as well as our extended family at Key Motorsports," said Curtis Key. "We are happy to be celebrating Mom’s 75th birthday in Montreal on Sunday, for someone to be around three quarters of a century says a lot. Mom loves racing and goes to every race she is able to, she helps the team when she can and is our #1 fan. Every member of our team wishes her a Happy Birthday and hopes she enjoys her special day."
Key Motorsports crew chief Gary Showalter is confident the team has prepared a competitive car for Sunday’s race. "We are taking the car we ran at Road America and Watkins Glen, it has performed well in the road course races this year, Mike is good on road courses and we want to do well for Mom this weekend. We hope she has a great birthday and a good finish in Montreal will certainly make it a little sweeter."
Designed and constructed at the Key Motorsports facility in Mooresville, North Carolina for road course competition, the Chevrolet Impala being used at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve posted a top-15 result at Watkins Glen International earlier this month after starting the Zippo 200 from the 30th position with driver Mike Bliss behind the wheel. Bliss has been instrumental in the progress of the independent organizations road course program and is comfortable with the car he will pilot Sunday afternoon.
"We are looking for results in Montreal," said Bliss. "Gary and the crew have worked hard in the shop preparing this car, it ran well at Watkins Glen a few weeks ago and we are expecting good things from it this weekend. Curtis Key has provided the equipment we need each week, he and Gary and everyone involved are all working together and that’s what it takes. I would like to join with the Key Motorsports team in wishing Mom a Happy 75th Birthday, we are thinking about her and hope she has a great day on Sunday."
Jeffrey Earnhardt drove the Key Motorsports Chevrolet at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in the 2009 event, starting 25th and finishing 31st after experiencing transmission problems during the race. The fourth generation driver competed in two road course events last season with Key Motorsports, making his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Watkins Glen International behind the wheel of No. 40 August 8, 2009.