Team Chevy Dominates Busy Sport Compact Race Weekend Jimenez Drives Cobalt to First Career Victory, Hunt Wins at Budds Creek ATCO, N.J., May 22, 2006 - A busy sport compact weekend for Team Chevy resulted in impressive victories in a pair of...
Team Chevy Dominates Busy Sport Compact Race Weekend
Jimenez Drives Cobalt to First Career Victory, Hunt Wins at Budds Creek
ATCO, N.J., May 22, 2006 - A busy sport compact weekend for Team Chevy resulted in impressive victories in a pair of venues along the Eastern Seaboard including the NHRA Northeast Sport Compact Nationals at Atco Raceway, and the NOPI Sport Compact Nationals at Maryland International Raceway in Budds Creeks. Md.
In the NHRA Pro FWD category at Atco Raceway, Bryan Jimenez, driving an ECOtec-powered Chevy Cobalt captured his first career national-event victory by defeating New Jersey native Gary Gardella in an all-Team Chevy final round. Jimenez becomes the second Cobalt driver in four races this season to win in the hotly contested NHRA Pro FWD category.
The 26-year-old Jimenez entered raceday qualified in the No. 4 position and defeated points leader Ed Bergenholtz in round one, running a career-best elapsed time of 7.858 seconds at 177.51 mph, and No. 1 qualifier Marty Ladwig in round two with a 7.870 e.t. at 175.46 mph. In the finals against Gardella, both drivers experienced problems at the starting line, but Jimenez ran it out the back end and crossed the finish line first to take the win.
"I was trying not to red-light," said Jimenez. "I would've put my feet through the floor to keep it from red-lighting. It hasn't sunk in yet, but it feels great right now. I sometimes say it is better to be lucky than good. I had a great running car and couldn't have done it without Team Chevy, Everyone's Mortgage, GM Racing, ECOtec, Hydra-Matic transmissions and Redat Race Turbos.
"From the very first day we got this new Chevy Cobalt we've gotten better and better. What a fun car to drive. It's so smooth and consistent that you don't really feel it when you're going fast, and now we're starting to learn what it needs to run even better."
Ron Lummus picked up his third straight win in the HOT ROD category. The driver of the ECOtec-powered Pontiac entered raceday qualified in the No. 2 position and defeated Stephane Beauregard on a holeshot in the finals to take home the NHRA Wally.
At the NOPI Nationals at Maryland International Raceway in Budds Creek, Md., Jason Hunt's Matco Tools Chevy Cobalt once again swept the Pro Outlaw FWD category, qualifying in the No. 1 position and then going on to capture his second straight NDRA meet. Hunt ran a career-best e.t. 7.507 seconds at 184.17 mph against James Jones in the finals to take home the win.
Hunt's CSI Racing/Matco Tools teammate, Brian Ballard entered a Chevy Cobalt in the Turbo Street category, and captured low qualifying honors, driving his ECOtec-powered Chevrolet to a 9.364 e.t. at 154.69 mph. On raceday, Ballard advanced to round two before losing to Ampreet Sandhu.