Baytown: Warren Johnson Friday summary

WJ Opens Houston Qualifying in Sixth The first day of qualifying for the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals proved rather interesting for Warren Johnson and the GM Performance Parts GTO Racing team. On his opening attempt, he powered through ...

WJ Opens Houston Qualifying in Sixth

The first day of qualifying for the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals proved rather interesting for Warren Johnson and the GM Performance Parts GTO Racing team. On his opening attempt, he powered through the quarter-mile in 6.724 seconds with a top speed of 204.57 mph. He looked to improve on that time in the evening session, and got off to a good start with a solid 1.004 second sixty-foot time.

However, within moments, he found himself fighting for control, having apparently hit some water that had been seeping up through the track throughout the session. Although he was able to recover and record a 6.757-second elapsed time, his first attempt remained his run of record, and placed him in the sixth position midway through qualifying. Even so, he was fairly pleased with the day's results.

"We must have hit some water tonight, because it took an immediate right when I put it in second gear. With the exception of that one spot, the run was actually pretty decent. -- even the clutch data looks good. We'll see what conditions we'll have tomorrow, and keep working on our tune-up. I believe we're on to something with our GM Performance Parts GTO, and now it's just a matter of dialing it in."

-j2r-

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