Columbus: Marc White preview

White preparing for All-Star competition in Columbus HEBRON, Ohio - It's not very often that a racer will go into a weekend with two races to compete in rather than one. For NHRA Federal Mogul Funny Car driver Marc White, it's just another ...

White preparing for All-Star competition in Columbus

HEBRON, Ohio - It's not very often that a racer will go into a weekend with two races to compete in rather than one. For NHRA Federal Mogul Funny Car driver Marc White, it's just another weekend as he prepares for this weekend's Pontiac Excitement Nationals presented by Summit at National Trail Raceway, just outside of Columbus, Ohio. In conjunction with that race will be the NHRA Sportsman All-Stars event which will be ran during qualifying.

Two weeks ago at the Lucas Oil Products Nationals held at Route 66 Raceway just outside of Chicago, White, from Glendale Heights, Ill., regained his early season form in the Etterman Racing 2001 Firebird. White stepped back up into the 5.6 second zone on his way to a semifinal finish, and hopes to maintain his performance advantage this weekend.

"We're excited about going to Columbus," said White. "The performance we had in Chicago was right where we wanted it to be. Obviously, the weather won't be anywhere near as good as it was in Chicago. Hopefully the new tune-up we have in the car will work good in the hot conditions that we will probably see in Columbus."

Saturday, White will face seven of the toughest Federal Mogul Funny Car drivers from around the country during the All-Stars race. White has been the runner-up of this race for the past two years, and hopes to pick up his first All-Stars win in what may be the last running of this prestigious event. Regardless of the outcome of the All-Stars event, White and the Etterman Racing team must be ready for Sunday's race as well.

"On Saturday, our main goal is to get the car qualified for the Sunday race," commented White. "Once we do that, we kind of switch gears and try to do as well as we can for the All-Stars race. We've made it to the final round the past two years at the All-Stars race, but haven't been able to win it. We've got a good shot at doing well there. The car is running well, and we usually run pretty well there, so hopefully the trend will continue."

Even though White ran 5.60's and 5.70's in Chicago, he feels that hot and humid racing conditions this weekend will prevent those kind of times from being ran.

"I don't think you will see any .60's in Columbus," stated White. "I would say if you can run a .75 to an .80, that will be a pretty good number this weekend. It's usually very hot, very humid, and the race track temperature is sky high there, so it's pretty hard to go real fast there."

Qualifying will begin on Friday at noon for the Federal Mogul Funny Cars, with another session at 3 p.m. Stay tuned to the team's website, EttermanRacing.com</A>, for daily updates of the team's progress.

-ER-

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