Anderson's Motivational Efforts Receive Welcome Help from Afar Mooresville, N.C., May 12, 2010 -- As the leader of the Summit Racing team, Pro Stock standout Greg Anderson must shoulder numerous responsibilities beyond that of simply driving.
Anderson's Motivational Efforts Receive Welcome Help from Afar
Mooresville, N.C., May 12, 2010 -- As the leader of the Summit Racing team, Pro Stock standout Greg Anderson must shoulder numerous responsibilities beyond that of simply driving. For example, at the track he works closely with teammate Jason Line and KB Racing crew chief Rob Downing to choose the proper tune-up for their Pontiacs, as well as performing the between-round maintenance on the 1,400-horsepower V-8 in Line's race car. At the shop, he oversees a state-of-the-art facility, working alongside his crew as they prepare for competition.
However, Anderson's biggest challenge at the moment may lie in boosting his team's morale, which has waned slightly during their uncharacteristically slow start to the 2010 Full Throttle season. Fortunately, in the days leading up to this weekend's Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Atlanta, GA, the three-time champion received some assistance from a most welcome source.
"The easiest way to boost a team's morale is by running better and winning races," said Anderson. "Unfortunately, that hasn't quite happened yet for us in 2010, so we find ourselves trying to keep that positive attitude and confidence before we have that on-track success, which is a tough thing to do. Fortunately, since the last race we've gotten a substantial boost from the one man who always knows what to say to get us back on track -- our team owner Ken Black.
"Ken's back home now, and he called the shop a few days ago to talk to the guys on the crew, giving them a pep talk as only he can. Knowing we have his full support, I'm confident we'll get these Summit Racing Pontiacs figured out, and get back to running the way we should, contending for the win week in and week out. I really believe we will be better in Atlanta."
Anderson's efforts should also be bolstered by his reunion with a most familiar foe - Atlanta Dragway. Although this year's edition will mark his 13th appearance as a driver, his experience with the Commerce quarter-mile dates back to the late 1980's, when he was a crew chief for Warren Johnson. By all accounts, it has been a most productive relationship, as evidenced by his three wins in six final round appearances and 75% elimination-round win percentage. This weekend, he will look to not only continue his string of strong runs in Georgia, but also extend these successes to his teammates, particularly in light of the fact that it is another of his sponsor's races.
"I have always enjoyed going to Atlanta Dragway, as I have a lot of history there," said Anderson. "I've been down that quarter-mile many times over the years, both in and out of the car, and it's where I first got my feet wet trying to drive a Pro Stock car. All that experience has allowed me be fairly successful there in the past, and I expect to do well again this weekend.
"However, this is one team with three cars, and for us to consider the weekend a success, all three need to do well. We've now had three races on different tracks with my Summit Racing Pontiac, and we're learning things that we have to apply to Jason and Ronnie's cars. That's why we spent some extra time testing, trying to get all three cars up to speed. All the pieces are there -- it's up to us to put them together.
"Naturally, as the second of three Summit-sponsored races, it is extremely important for us to put on a strong performance. Not coincidentally, this KB Racing team has a solid history at their races, including here in Atlanta, so we certainly have some positive vibes heading into the weekend. Our job now is to step up and turn those feelings into round wins, getting us back to where we need to be -- on top."
-source: kb racing