Alund Hopes for Best Outing Yet for Sponsors, Team Owner and Special Guest
MOORESVILLE, N.C., March 25, 2014 – Jimmy Alund, a native of Sweden and multi-time European Pro Stock champion, is truly looking forward to the 15th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Although Alund has been to glittery Las Vegas and the renowned drag strip before, it will be the first time that he has had the honor of racing at the premier facility, and he will do so in front of the KB Racing team owners as well as Summit Racing Equipment, the title sponsors of the event.
“I’m really looking forward to it, of course,” said Alund, who is keeping the seat warm for Summit Racing’s Greg Anderson as he recovers from heart surgery performed earlier this year. “It’s a very special place for this team because it’s the hometown for our team owners, Ken and Judy Black. It’s also a Summit race, and that makes it very important to all of us. I hope to do well there.”
Alund will make the 5,000-plus mile trip from Sweden to participate in the fourth race of six in which he is scheduled to compete in the Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro. While he is away from home and looking to bring more success to the championship-caliber KB Racing team, Alund also keeps a distant eye on his business back home.
“I have a repair shop for American cars over in Sweden,” said Alund. “We repair both newer style American cars and older cars, like muscle cars. I am also a distributor for KW Parts, which is my main sponsor over there. It’s like a small speed shop.”
While Alund is away, a trusted partner minds the business.
“We’ve been business partners for 20 years together, and he takes care of everything while I’m gone,” said Alund. “It’s great, but I’m sure he’s had his hands full since I’m gone so much. It will be good to get back, but I’m looking forward to the next few races and especially the race this weekend in Las Vegas.”
Alund was accompanied earlier in the tour by friends from Sweden and will now be joined, for the first time this year, by wife Anna at the event that takes place on the outskirts of the glitz and glamour of world famous Las Vegas.
“Anna has never been there, so that is another thing that is going to be fun. It will be a great race, that is for sure,” said Alund, who has qualified for every race so far this season and will be looking for his first-round win on Sunday in Las Vegas. “Everything is going good with the team, and it’s starting to work. Now we just need to get the round win. That’s what’s next.”