Jack Wyatt Looks towards Nitro Funny Car Future After DNQ at President's Cup Nationals, Iowa-based racer gets ready for match race at home track Jack Wyatt is nothing if he's not persistent. After finishing second the last two season in...
Jack Wyatt Looks towards Nitro Funny Car Future After DNQ at President's Cup Nationals, Iowa-based racer gets ready for match race at home track
Jack Wyatt is nothing if he's not persistent. After finishing second the last two season in IHRA's Nitro Funny Car national points standings the Corydon, Iowa resident entered the 2008 season without a firm major sponsor in place and a plan to approach the season on a race-by-race basis. If he had enough money in place he would head to the next event on the IHRA schedule. If not he would park the car until he found enough sponsorship to get to the next race.
Wyatt went to the President's Cup Nationals needing a strong showing to immediately continue his quest for the 2008 IHRA world championship. After rain washed the final Saturday qualifying session away with Wyatt not yet in the field, he was left to ponder his next move...a move that would not include the Rocky Mountain Nationals in Edmonton, the fifth of 10 events on the 2008 IHRA Nitro Jam schedule.
"When I didn't make the show I knew I would have to park it for awhile," Wyatt said. "Actually I wouldn't have had enough money to make it to Edmonton if I had won the event so I had other arrangements in place."
Those other arrangements will be a big test. Wyatt will head to Eddyville Raceway Park for a match race against current NHRA Top Fuel Funny Car points leader Tim Wilkerson July 5.
"We're looking forward to going up against Tim," Wyatt said. "He's a great racer and a great guy. But Edyville is my home track so I'm not going there to lose. I want to put on a great show for the fans and take home the win."
After the match race in Edyville, Wyatt is unsure of his next move. He is currently working to secure sponsorship money to be able to make it to Grand Bend for IHRA's Mopar Canadian Nationals.
"I'm beating the bushes, doing everything I can to secure the funding so I can continue to chase the IHRA championship this season," he said. "I have a great team behind me and strong support from my family...they put up with a lot so I can chase my dream. I still have a lot of hope left for this season. Sure, times are tough right now but they're tough for everyone. I'm hoping to get a deal done so my team can move forward."