One Sweet Car Unveiling for Kahne

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"I have an incredible crew and I really think that everybody believes that this is the best cake that we have ever made." (Photo: Jeff Wackerlin)


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - With the help of pastry chef Duff Goldman, Hendrick Motorsports unveiled Kasey Kahne's new Time Warner Cable No. 5 Chevrolet in a unique way Wednesday night at the team's headquarters.

The new paint scheme was first unveiled as a full-size replica cake of the No. 5 that was made by Goldman and his team out of Baltimore-based Charm City Cakes.  After the curtain was raised, Kahne then drove the real car in and joined Goldman on stage for the ceremonial first cut.

Kasey KahneGoldman, who is featured on Food Network's Ace of Cakes, said that the 1,100-pound cake is the largest his team has ever created.

"This cake took about three weeks to make," Goldman said.  "The cool thing about this car is that it's 100 percent handmade.  We didn’t print anything.  A lot of times when people try to do a racecar, what they'll do is print out the logo and stick it on the car.  Here, everything is either cut out, hand-painted or airbrushed.  It's an incredible job.  I really think everybody believes this is the best cake we've ever made."

When constructing the cake, Goldman's team tried to make sure it got everything 100 percent correct from the colors and logos to the detail of the rear spoiler.

"We know there's a couple people here that build racecars and they're the type that are going to look at that cake and say, 'You know, they just kind of fudged that spoiler,' " Goldman said.  "They're going to look at ours and say, 'Wow.'  They actually took the time to make sure that (spoiler) was offset.  We made sure the logos were in the right place and used the right colors."

The cake was hauled to Hendrick Motorsports by an art handling company that ordinarily transports paintings and sculptures.

"We don't have a truck big enough to haul a life-size car, so these guys brought a big truck.  We got here last night (Tuesday) and unloaded it," Goldman said.  "When we got everything out, there was a little bit of damage to the car itself.  We all went to sleep and got here at 7 a.m. to start fixing it.  My team and I, along with a bunch of the party planners, picked up the cake and walked it all the away around into the tent and placed it on stage."

The unveiling was part of a special event celebrating the expanded partnership between Time Warner Cable and Hendrick Motorsports that featured a concert by Little Big Town.

"It's neat to have an unveiling and a party involving the fans," Kahne said.  "Time Warner Cable has been a part of Hendrick Motorsports for a while, now, and it's great that they want to step up and be a primary sponsor on our car."

Kasey KahneKahne won this year's spring race in Charlotte and is looking to repeat his 2006 sweep of the track's two points-paying Cup Series events with a victory in Saturday night's Bank of America 500.

"I think a few things we did in May will work (again) because it's all about getting that feel at this track during the daytime and seeing if that feel will work at night," Kahne said.  "Definitely, the way we do it is going to be different.  The cars have come a long way since May."

In addition to this weekend's race, Time Warner Cable will be the primary sponsor on Kahne's No. 5 for four races next season.

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