ROOKIE CARLSON STILL ADAPTING AND LEARNING IN PRO STOCK BAYTOWN, Texas (April 1, 2006) - Rookie Shaun Carlson has been adapting to the elite Pro Stock class in a trial-and-error fashion so far in the 2006 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season.
ROOKIE CARLSON STILL ADAPTING AND LEARNING IN PRO STOCK
BAYTOWN, Texas (April 1, 2006) - Rookie Shaun Carlson has been adapting to the elite Pro Stock class in a trial-and-error fashion so far in the 2006 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season. So, he plans to make some changes to the Team Mopar/SRT Dodge Stratus R/T to help his adjustment following a fourth consecutive DNQ today at the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway.
In testing and on race weekends, Carlson kept hitting his arm with his leg as he was going down the quarter-mile. Carlson believes he has found the remedy. "I put an adapter on the steering wheel that gives me more room for my leg, so hopefully that will make my runs straighter. I was going to the left every run, and then I would get off of the accelerator a little bit. My last run today was the first time I used it, and I think it worked great."
Carlson's last two passes were his best of the weekend: 6.761/204.05 and 6.765/204.48.
"After that last run Bob (Glidden, crew chief) told me I did my job," said the eager-to-learn Carlson. "So, that made me feel better. That is what I want to do; I want to do my job because these guys are working so hard, and they deserve to race on Sundays."
Much like his Don Schumacher Racing teammate Richie Stevens Jr., the Southern California native fought extremely humid conditions Friday night. "I really couldn't see anything out of the car because the windows were fogging up. I actually had to open my door at the top end of the track to see where I was going," said Carlson. "I thought maybe it was me, but this morning I talked to some of my DSR teammates, and a lot of them were having the same problems. That made me feel a little better."
Carlson packs up and heads West for the NHRA Summitracing.com Nationals next weekend at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. "The good thing is that we race next weekend, so I won't have to wait a couple weeks to get back in the car," he said. "Two weeks doesn't seem like much, but it's an eternity when you are trying to learn and get comfortable."