We have reached the midpoint of the racing season and to say that things haven’t gone as planned is an understatement. However, that’s how racing goes and we are keeping are head’s up and are looking ahead to the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, MN and finishing out our season in St. Louis at the end of September. (Learn more about these races on our schedule page).
In Norwalk, we approached Q1 with the goal of trying to run a low 80, but smoked the tires just like we did in Q4 in Joliet. This made us dig a little deeper into the data recorder where we discovered that in Q3 at Chicago, we had broken an air fitting that runs our fuel system. Though ideally we would have caught this after Q4 in Joliet, we missed it, causing the motor to run accurately. Since we had this issue fixed, we were confidant going into Q2 at Norwalk, but because we shot out a spark plug, things didn’t go as planned. In Q3, likely due to high track temperatures, lack of rubber on the racing surface, we again smoked the tires. We sat out Q4 in the hopes that we would still make it, but we got bumped out by .03 seconds.
We were of course upset, but we don’t plan to alter form our goal of what we are trying to achieve this year. When you are limited with runs, it makes it more difficult to become a 70 car without paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to one of the big teams for a tune up.
We hope to see you at Brainerd in a few weeks and look forward to your support as we wrap up our season.