Martin Poised to Complete the Winning Picture in Cayuga A successful weekend in the eMax Drag Racing Series' Pro Modified division requires a blending of several key ingredients. Naturally, the primary element is a consistent, fast race car.
Martin Poised to Complete the Winning Picture in Cayuga
A successful weekend in the eMax Drag Racing Series' Pro Modified division requires a blending of several key ingredients. Naturally, the primary element is a consistent, fast race car. Next, there must be a top-flight crew ready to adapt to whatever Mother Nature, the track or the competition may throw at them. The driver also plays a key role and must be ready to perform at his or her very best, gaining the advantage at the start and doing whatever is necessary to extract the maximum from the ride. The final component, however, is out of the team's control, as throughout the event they must be the recipient of a little racing luck.
Over the last few races, Harold Martin and his ACDelco Pontiac Racing team have shown that their organization is ready to return to the winner's circle. Long hours spent at the shop and at the track testing have started to pay off with consistent qualifying efforts and solid performances on race day, including their stirring runner-up finish in Epping two weeks ago. Although their work is completed and the groundwork has been set, as they head to Cayuga, Ontario, Canada for this weekend's resumption of the rain-delayed Canadian Nationals, Martin and his crew hope Lady Luck will be on their side, keeping the rain away as well helping them to score their second "Ironman" trophy.
"This weekend, we've set out our plan for the race, as well as a prayer for good weather, hoping we will be able to have a drag race and not a boating event" said Martin "However, coming off our runner-up finish in Epping, we are psyched heading into Cayuga. We celebrated that performance on the fly, with our reward being a three-page list on how we could improve our ACDelco Pontiac's performance even further. We're excited by the foundation we have established with our racing program, while at the same time looking for continuous improvement, bringing some more consistent and competitive times to this race, getting us in the show and through four good rounds on Sunday."
Good fortune aside, the Martin Motorsports crew knows they will have their work cut out for them this weekend. With another tightly packed field anticipated at Toronto Motorsports Park, it will be a battle simply to qualify. In addition, the cooler fall temperatures expected at this rescheduled race are completely unlike those found in previous years, when the event was run in the summer, putting Martin and the entire nitrous-powered contingent at a disadvantage to their supercharged counterparts.
With little room for error, their success could rely on how well they interpret their tuning notes from previous races at the Canadian quarter-mile, which were compiled in different atmospheric conditions. Despite this daunting assignment, the "EFI Wizard" remains confident of building upon the momentum established at the last race and continuing his string of strong performances, buoyed by the support of his many Canadian fans.
"There's a lot of rain in the forecast, as well as cooler temperatures, which at the very least makes for another tremendous challenge in terms of our preparation, as we don't really know what we will find in Cayuga," detailed Martin. "If the predictions prove correct, we will have conditions we didn't think we would normally have to race on, sending us back to our notebooks to see what set-up we will need to use. With air temperatures ranging from 50 to 60 degrees with off-and-on rain showers, we have to hope it will stay dry and warm enough that we will have a reasonable amount of traction. Clearly the nitrous racers will have their hands full, but we're up to the challenge.
"We're also looking forward to returning to Canada, where we hope the good fortunes we have shared with our many Canadian friends will continue to shine in our favor. We have a great following we have built from our days with ACDelco as the sponsor of this race, as well as the overall success we have experienced north of the border, and we're looking forward to another tremendous outing. We think this could be a really good weekend for the ACDelco Pontiac team."
Notes on Harold Martin and the ACDelco Pontiac Racing Team entering
The IHRA Canadian Nationals:
Martin Has Been a Strong Competitor in Cayuga: In this event's first four years, Harold has two starts in the top half of the field, and three quarter-final finishes.
One Year Ago: Harold captured the ninth starting spot with a 6.263-second, 224.28 mph pass, and advanced to the quarterfinals