Atlanta: Jay Payne preview

Payne unveils 2011 FireIce Ford Mustang at Atlanta race ATLANTA (May 14) -- Despite running world record numbers earlier this season in his old hot rod, world champion drag racer Jay Payne has made the switch to a brand-new 2011 FireIce/BAE Ford...

Payne unveils 2011 FireIce Ford Mustang at Atlanta race

ATLANTA (May 14) -- Despite running world record numbers earlier this season in his old hot rod, world champion drag racer Jay Payne has made the switch to a brand-new 2011 FireIce/BAE Ford Mustang for this weekend's Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series event at Atlanta Dragway.

"Dennis Burnevik from Sinned Custom Racecraft and (chassis builder) Don Ness came to us with some unique ideas they wanted to try and we took a look at what they were proposing and thought these things were worth trying," crew chief Brad Anderson said. "They built a beautiful racecar for us and in initial testing it appears they're onto something big. We'll have to see."

Payne and crew, who won the last two events of the 2009 Pro Mod season but are winless so far in 2010, stayed after the recently completed event in St. Louis to test their new ride at Gateway International Raceway. Despite some new car bugs in the electronic system, the car responded very well.

"We popped a spark plug wire on the first full run and still ran a 6.04 at 236 mph with absolutely no electronics," said Payne, a seven-time winner and past world champion in the Pro Mod class. "The next run we went 5.86 at 245 mph and we all just kind of looked at each other and smiled. This car is going to be very, very fast.

"It handles extremely well and it really wants to get down the track, even when it's hot, so we're excited about the upcoming races. This weekend is supposed to be pretty hot all three days so we'll find out real quick how she's gonna run in the heat. My thanks to the guys at Sinned Custom Racecraft, Dennis and Don, for building this car."

"I think the firefighters around the country are really going to love this new Mustang," said Michael Cordani, CEO of GelTech. "The car looks fast just sitting in the pits and I know Jay and Brad will get it to the top of the charts out there on the racetrack. We just continue to be impressed with this team and what they've done for our company."

Pro Mod qualify begins Friday and will continue into Saturday's action. Eliminations are slated to begin Saturday evening and carry over to Sunday.

-source: jay payne PR

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