Baytown: Warren Johnson Saturday summary

Starting Fifth, WJ Looks Forward to a "Green" Houston Track On the strength of his 6.680-second, 207.94 mph pass from Friday afternoon, Warren Johnson qualified his GM Performance Parts GTO in the fifth position for Sunday's final eliminations...

Starting Fifth, WJ Looks Forward to a "Green" Houston Track

On the strength of his 6.680-second, 207.94 mph pass from Friday afternoon, Warren Johnson qualified his GM Performance Parts GTO in the fifth position for Sunday's final eliminations of the O'Reilly Spring Nationals in Houston, TX. With Saturday's twin qualifying sessions at Houston Raceway Park cancelled by rain, the field was set based on Friday's results, with teams will going into race day facing the added challenge of a completely different and untested racing surface, a scenario which "The Professor" hopes will work in his favor.

"The biggest concern on our minds, as well as that of everyone else in the pit area, will be the effect today's washout has on the racetrack. There won't be a lot of time to groom it in the morning, so we'll have to evaluate what we find in the morning to see what we have, and come up with a set-up that we feel will work the best. Mind you, this process could involve the flip of a coin.

"One factor working in our favor is that our GM Performance Parts GTO has been making very good, consistent runs of late, giving us added confidence that we can come up with the right set-up. Although some may find the prospect of running on a green racetrack somewhat daunting, I like the challenge. After all, I've always said that the way to make this interesting is to put in a chicane and a couple moguls, so tomorrow should be right up my alley."

-credit: j2r

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