Rocca and Critchley Create Thunder In First Full Pass On New '49 Merc, Runs Astounding 6.303/221.18! DARLINGTON, SC-- Just when the Pro Modified competitors thought it was safe to go back in the water, another shark looms and seems to be just as...
Rocca and Critchley Create Thunder In First Full Pass On New '49 Merc, Runs Astounding 6.303/221.18!
DARLINGTON, SC-- Just when the Pro Modified competitors thought it was safe to go back in the water, another shark looms and seems to be just as hungry. The formidable duo of Johnny Rocca and his Australian-born driver Troy Critchley have unleashed the quickest-ever, IHRA legal Pro Modified run. A 6.303 at over 221 miles per hour replaces Scotty Cannon's time trial 6.314 at the 1998 World Finals in Shreveport, La., as the quickest "legal" run in history.
What makes this pass even more astounding, is the run stands as the first full pass on the Cannon & Pittman Race Cars constructed, Eagle Racing Engines- powered, Prolong Super Lubricants 1949 Mercury. This is the second day of testing for the car as it broke a rearend on the first day and spent much of the day on the sidelines.
Rocca knows very well that this is going to swell the waters with controversy, but it doesn't phase him in the least. He explains, "The IHRA knows that the nitrous cars can run just as quick and they proved that last year at the end of the season. I am out here to race, not to be afraid to do that. We are going to give it everything we have or we'll stay parked at home. Pull up a chair folks, the best is yet to come."
Rocca credits unreal air of -600 feet as a contributing factor to his run as well as the excellent track surface at Darlington International Dragway.
Rocca and Critchley plan to open their championship conquest at the IHRA Prolong Winter Nationals in Darlington, S.C., March 12-14. The Native American and Aussie duo, along with each Pro Modified contestant, will be afforded four qualifying runs during the course of the event and the quickest sixteen entries will compete in final eliminations on Sunday. This event will be televised on ESPN2 with the dates TBA in an upcoming issue.