Alamo City race an irresistible draw for data-hungry Foley
SAN ANTONIO (April 5) -- Looking to gain a little extra data for his race team, veteran Top Fuel racer and drag racing school owner Doug Foley headed west from Houston after last weekend's NHRA event to compete in the Amalie Oil Texas Nationals near San Antonio. The eighth-mile race is being held under IHRA sanction from April 4-6.
"Our crew chief Doug Kuch and the guys had some things they wanted to try out so we made the trip over," said Foley, who hails from Sewell, N.J., near Philadelphia. "Rather than rent a track somewhere and test, we thought we'd come here and have some fun under real racing conditions.
"It's a little bit different deal with an eighth-mile race track but the half-track numbers we were putting up in Houston were fantastic, which led us to believe we could do something special here."
Foley has made just one pass so far in the lone Friday night session. Unfortunately, he followed a massive oildown from the cars ahead of him and merely spun his tires when it was his turn to run. He'll have two more chances to improve on his eight-place ranking at 2 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
"I'm confident we will post some big numbers and give these great fans a show," Foley said. "It would be fun to go a couple of rounds and get some more attention for our great marketing partners, FX Caprara Kia, Dake, J.B. Parks & Son, and Jet Label & Tape."