Johnny Rocca's Ironhorse Mercury Involved In Mishap, Withdraws From Competition At Amalie Oil Summer Nationals CORDOVA, ILL.-- A blown engine spelled more than a lost qualifying opportunity for car owner Johnny ...
Johnny Rocca's Ironhorse Mercury Involved In Mishap, Withdraws From Competition At Amalie Oil Summer Nationals
CORDOVA, ILL.-- A blown engine spelled more than a lost qualifying opportunity for car owner Johnny Rocca and his driver Troy Critchley. The subsequent engine damage produced a steady stream of oil, which in turn, covered the massive slicks on the Prolong-sponsored, 1949 Mercury Pro Modified. Critchley likened the experience to driving on a sheet of ice, but not quite.
"When oil gets under your tires like that, it's tougher than driving on a tough of ice," explained Critchley, who is a former Pro Modified racer from Australia. "You are at the mercy of your car in a situation like that and I was no different than any other driver in that situation."
The car spun into the right-lane guardrail, where it struck and caused a considerable amount of damage to the front end. According to Rocca, the fiberglass damage was irreparable.
That particular run marked the first full pass under power for the Leesburg, Va.,-based, team and produced the best run of the weekend with a 6.572/194.72. However, the lap wasn't good enough to secure a spot in final eliminations.
Rocca and Critchley are slated to return to competition at the CARQUEST Empire Nationals in Leicester, NY., July 9-11. The Native American and Aussie duo, along with each Pro Modified contestant, will be afforded two qualifying attempts on Friday and another two on Saturday with final eliminations slated for Sunday. This event will be televised on ESPN2 with the dates TBA in an upcoming issue.
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