Norwalk: Hillary Will debut preview

Will to make IHRA debut at Norwalk NORWALK, OHIO (August 25, 2006) -- When qualifying gets underway at Norwalk Raceway Park this evening, the IHRA Skull Shine World Nationals will have a new look as Hillary Will, fresh from a final round ...

Will to make IHRA debut at Norwalk

NORWALK, OHIO (August 25, 2006) -- When qualifying gets underway at Norwalk Raceway Park this evening, the IHRA Skull Shine World Nationals will have a new look as Hillary Will, fresh from a final round appearance at the NHRA O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals in Memphis, Tenn., makes her IHRA debut in the KB Racing LLC-owned, Kalitta Motorsports-managed Top Fuel dragster.

Will, who finished runner-up at the Memphis event and is currently ranked No. 9 in the NHRA POWERade point standings, and her Kalitta Motorsports team led by crew chief Jim Oberhofer, chose the IHRA event in Norwalk because it is near their shop in Ypsilanti, Mich., and is one of the largest and most prestigious events on the IHRA circuit.

"I was really excited when my team said they wanted to race at Norwalk," said Will as qualifying for the Skull Shine World Nationals neared. "I would race my dragster every weekend if we could; however, I know it is a lot of extra time and effort for the guys who already work really hard.

"For us, it is the closest race to our shop in Michigan so it's hard to pass up the opportunity to go try and win some more rounds. Even though it's the first IHRA event for KB Racing, we have as good a shot as anyone to get our dragster into the Winner's Circle. There are a lot of good competitors in IHRA, as there are in the NHRA, so there is no way I think it will be easy. But we can't go to the race without our goal being to win.

"We're hoping that the momentum and confidence we gained from going to the finals in Memphis will carry through to the Norwalk race and then on to 'The Big Go' -- the NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals -- at Indianapolis the following weekend."

-credit: kbr

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Series Drag
Drivers Jim Oberhofer , Hillary Will