NEFF LOOKING TO MAKE MUSTANG ANNIVERSARY A WINNING WEEKEND ATLANTA (April 14, 2009) --- Last year Mike Neff's teammate Ashley Force Hood grabbed her first career Funny Car title at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals. It was a ...
NEFF LOOKING TO MAKE MUSTANG ANNIVERSARY A WINNING WEEKEND
ATLANTA (April 14, 2009) --- Last year Mike Neff's teammate Ashley Force Hood grabbed her first career Funny Car title at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals. It was a historic moment for John Force Racing and the Funny Car class.
Neff is hoping to make his own history on the 45th anniversary of the iconic Ford Mustang. It was April 17, 1964 that the first Mustang was unveiled at the New York World's Fair. Neff along with the rest of the Ford Racing Mustangs will be racing with a special 45th anniversary decal on their high performance Mustangs this weekend.
Neff will roll into Atlanta Dragway with confidence following a successful test session at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He made multiple runs including a solid 4.134 second run and a blistering 4.103 second run at 307.70 mph.
After the Las Vegas NHRA event Neff was hopeful that the test session would bear fruit for the second year driver.
"We ran pretty well (at Vegas). We qualified number three and then ran the low ET of the first round. We should have won the second round. That was just disappointing. We are still working some things out. We are going to test and hopefully we'll get four runs and be really set up for Atlanta," said Neff.
Duplicating the testing effort at Atlanta Dragway would put Neff in prime position to grab his first win. So far this season Neff and crew chief John Medlen have already overcome a huge hurdle when Neff was forced into crew chiefing duties for two events early in the season.
Neff drove and made the majority of the on-site tuning decisions at the Phoenix and Gainesville races. He would check in with Medlen via phone and text messages as Medlen recuperated from a heart condition in Indianapolis. Neff had mixed results racing to the final round in Phoenix and dropping a first round race in Gainesville before Medlen returned to full-time duties in time for the Houston NHRA national event.
In the past two races of their reunited partnership they have shown flashes of greatness but have lacked some race day consistency. Getting to a track that John Force Racing has had a tremendous amount of success gives them confidence. Force Hood's win in 2008 added an 11th Southern Nationals Funny Car title to the John Force Racing mantle.