CARPENTER GAINING GROUND
MILAN, Mich. (July 18, 2005) - Charles Carpenter, owner/driver of the Embee Performance "World's Fastest" 1955 Chevy had a strong weekend at the Motor City Nationals in Milan, Mich., the sixth stop of the IHRA 2005 season. With improved times for each of his three qualifying attempts, he saved his best for last and took the 12th qualifying position with a 6.304 elapsed-time at 222.47 mph.
"Qualifying in the 12th position of the 16 spot field was a definite improvement for us. It is nice to not just be squeaking in and worrying about each car that goes down and whether they are going to bump us out of the show," confessed Carpenter.
But that same qualifying position meant that Carpenter would face none other than Shannon Jenkins in first round eliminations. Carpenter faced Jenkins at his last IHRA outing at Grand Bend Motorplex and was second to the finish line.
Unfortunately, the results were much the same after this weekend's meeting as Carpenter posted his worst light of the weekend at 6.353 and 222.88 mph.
"Though I've said it before, we really are improving. Our Embee Performance coated parts really are impacting our performance -- we have been consistently getting about 50 runs on our pistons and our rods are lasting 50 percent longer, our ring gear lasted over a year," Carpenter explained.
This has impacted the team tremendously as Carpenter and his son are the only full-time crew members and are therefore always struggling to keep up with the work that needs to be done to remain race ready. The consistency the team has been showing is proof that the results are the product of hard work and not luck.
"After Grand Bend (Canada), we knew that we had to make some changes. So we took the motor down to Fulton Competition for some major reworking. Paired with the input from Speedtech, we have seen some huge results. We have been having great success at our local tracks going to the finals the last five events we've attended and now we have improved our qualifying efforts at IHRA. We know we are moving in the right direction," Carpenter stated.
Carpenter's next event with the IHRA will be at the Canadian Nationals at Toronto Motorsports Park, July 29 -- 31. More information about Carpenter and his "World's Fastest '55 Chevy" can be found online at www.fastest55.com.