By Bill Sullivan, GGRT-RCR Media Relations
NEWTON, IOWA, (8-4-12)
For Self, winning in Iowa was more than a second series win, it was a win that came amidst one of the toughest events on the annual NASCAR K&N Pro Series West tour. It's the East vs. West combo, where theEastern Series comes together with the Western Series with one grand event that has two regional winners in the end. On this given year, it was finally the veteran Golden Gate Racing Team's turn to be the top team in the west when the checkered flag flew on it's talented young driver who crossed the line first in the west and ninth overall at the famed speedway.
Following the win in Iowa, team owners Jimi Z. and Patti Offenbach were quick to release a statement regarding the success of their team as they celebrated one of the biggest wins in their career that spans two decades. While their victory in Brainerd earlier this year was triumphant, winning the west portion of the East vs. West combo event tops the charts in way of accolades for this talented team.
"Patti and myself are very pleased with the way this team has performed," said Jimi Z. "With the support of Richard Childress Racing, we supply Michael with the car and the associates he needs to get the job done. This season, Michael has matured into a truly talented driver and works with this team like a well oiled machine. This team has been ready to win races for a long time and it's finally our turn and we couldn't be any prouder."
When the news hit the wire on Saturday night the Boys of the Bay knew their latest chapter of success was a landmark victory. The confirmation of that feat came in the way of a text message from Richard Childress himself from Welcome, North Carolina. The Golden Gate Racing Team is the sole West Coast NASCAR Team that carries the support of RCR, known for their success in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series currently with Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton and Paul Menard and most notably the late Dale Earnhardt and the organizations 12 NASCAR Championships.
"Congratulations to everyone at the Golden Gate Racing Team, on the West win," said Childress. "This is really Big."
Self's weekend in Iowa began with a 21st place run in final practice as he went head to head with the best drivers from both the East and the West. In qualifying his numbers were much the same, earning the 22nd qualifying position with a top speed of 128.330 miles per hour. The run put Self deep in the field for the 150 lap event.
Using great patience for nearly two thirds of the race, Self drove the Rockwell Watches/Golden Gate Meat Company #21 Chevrolet into the top ten overall in the field after the 135th lap when a multi car collision delayed the race with a red flag. Once the race underwent the green flag for the final run, the former kart racer and late model ace that is now a driving instructor at Miller Motorsports Park gave his team and competitors a quick lesson on how the West was really won, driving his way to the lead of the West contenders and ninth overall in the event to post his second win of the season.
"It feels amazing to get this second win. We came into the weekend with a goal of getting a top ten overall and a win for the west and that's exactly what we did," said Self. "I can't say enough about Jim Offenbach, Steve Portenga and this entire team. We've come so far this year and stepped it up so much and have put ourselves in the position of being the car to beat every weekend. "
With the victory, Self is now sixth in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West point standings. On August 26th the series resumes at Portland International Raceway. Self is known for his success on the road course and looks to carry his recent success into the next event.
"We have a ton of momentum that we are going to carry into Portland and try to get a couple more wins this year," said Self. "We're going for a couple more wins this year and push for that top five in the point standings at the end of the year. If we keep doing what we are doing, both those things will come."
The Golden Gate Racing Team/RCR Chevrolet carries the sponsorship of Rockwell Watches, Richard Childress Racing Driver Development, Pat O'Keefe's Bay Bio Diesel, the Golden Gate Meat Company and Dr. Michael Self Plastic Surgery. Additional associate sponsors that support them are the Richard Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma, RCR Street Performance, Hill Meat Company, Corte Madera Tow, Harraka Racing Equipment Sales, Foodcomm International, Signco, Praxair, Sullivan Images Media Specialties and JW Web Design.
For an in-depth look at the Golden Gate Racing Team or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, visit their official website at www.goldengateracingteam.com. To follow Michael Self on twitter you can find him @mself-21.