Dallas: Jay Meyer to return to competition this weekend

By Will Hanna ENNIS, Texas - Just two weeks after suffering a horrifying top end crash at Houston Raceway Park, defending NHRA Division 4 Federal Mogul Dragster Champion Jay Meyer will return to competition at this weekend's Division 4...

By Will Hanna

ENNIS, Texas - Just two weeks after suffering a horrifying top end crash at Houston Raceway Park, defending NHRA Division 4 Federal Mogul Dragster Champion Jay Meyer will return to competition at this weekend's Division 4 Federal Mogul Drag Racing Series event at the Texas Motorplex, just south of Dallas.

Fellow Division 4 Federal Mogul Funny Car racer Warren Dauzat, of Baton Rouge, La., who formerly ran dragsters, loaned Meyer his old dragster to compete with until Meyer receives his new Dave Uyehara chassis. Meyer, who received a cracked vertebrae from his crash, was released by doctors on Wednesday, and hopes to pick up as close as he can to where he left off in Dauzat's car.

"Since Dauzat offered to let us borrow a car, the boys [Meyer's crew] have been working day and night," Meyer said. "As of today, the car is just about ready to go. We'll try to fire the car up later today to make sure everything runs ok. It's a shorter car, so we may run into a balance problem, but it shouldn't be a big problem. We still have the power, we just got to get it to the ground."

"The doctors released me this morning, so I feel good to go, and get after it again," Meyer added. "They did an MRI on my back, and everything is good back there. I got a few stiff spots still, but everything is ok."

On that last run in Houston, Meyer was on the run of his life. His incremental times were the best of anyone that weekend, when he lost control on the top end of the track. Meyer ran through the timers with an elapsed time of 5.44 seconds at only 223 mph before impacting the wall just past the finish line. After the first hard impact, the car broke in half, as designed, in front of the driver's compartment. The car ricocheted across the track into the other wall, where it slid to a stop. After being helped from the car, Meyer was able to stand on his own, and talk to paramedics before being transported to a nearby hospital.

This weekend, Meyer feels confident that even with the shorter, older style car, he can get back into the 5.40's [elapsed time] at the Motorplex.

"I think we should be able to run some mid .40's," Meyer commented. "I don't think we can get into the .30's, though. The incremental numbers on that run we crashed was .03 better at the eighth mile than we were on that 5.41 we ran in Houston last year, so we knew it would have ran a .36 or .37. This car is a little bit shorter, and the motor is not quite in the same position, so it's just going to be a matter of trying to get a handle on it. It gives us something to race with, so that's better than what we had before he offered us this car."

Meyer plans to compete Dauzat's car in Dallas, and at the following Division 4 race in Baton Rouge. Meyer hopes to have his new car completed by the Mac Tools Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., an event he won last year. Meyer is also the defending champion from last year's events in Dallas and Baton Rouge as well.

"Uyehara told me the car would be ready in a couple of weeks, so we hope to have it ready by Gainesville," stated Meyer. "If we don't make that race, we'll replace it with Atlanta [Advance Auto Parts Nationals]."

Meyer, who was picked to be one this year's contenders for the World Championship, says he's not going to worry about going after the Championship, but winning at the races he goes to.

"We're just going to do like we did last year," said Meyer. "Just go and race, and see how we do. We didn't plan on chasing the Championship last year, we just sort of got caught up in it at the end of the year. Santos and the O'Bannon team are pretty good. We're a little bit less funded than we were before because of this crash, so we'll just have to play it out and see how it goes."

"We'll just take it one race, and one round at a time."

If Meyer can get back to his normal championship form, the rest of the Federal Mogul Dragster class might not get the break they thought they were after all.

-www.JayMeyerRacing.com-

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<HTML><FONT FACE=arial,helvetica><P ALIGN=CENTER><FONT SIZE=6><B>Pro Race Communications</FONT><FONT COLOR="#000000" SIZE=1 FAMILY="SANSSERIF" FACE="Arial" LANG="0"> <BR><I>FEATURE</FONT><FONT COLOR="#000000" SIZE=2 FAMILY="SANSSERIF" FACE="Arial" LANG="0"></I> <BR> <BR><P ALIGN=LEFT>For Immediate Release                                                          <BR>February 21, 2001 <BR>Contact: Will Hanna/ Pro Race Communications <BR>Email: ProRacePR@aol.com <BR> <BR></FONT><FONT COLOR="#000000" SIZE=5 FAMILY="SANSSERIF" FACE="Arial" LANG="0">Meyer to return to competition this weekend in Dallas</FONT><FONT COLOR="#000000" SIZE=3 FAMILY="SANSSERIF" FACE="Arial" LANG="0"></B> <BR> <BR>by: Will Hanna <BR> <BR>ENNIS, Texas - Just two weeks after suffering a horrifying top end crash at <BR>Houston Raceway Park, defending NHRA Division 4 Federal Mogul Dragster <BR>Champion Jay Meyer will return to competition at this weekend's Division 4 <BR>Federal Mogul Drag Racing Series event at the Texas Motorplex, just south of <BR>Dallas.   <BR> <BR>Fellow Division 4 Federal Mogul Funny Car racer Warren Dauzat, of Baton <BR>Rouge, La., who formerly ran dragsters, loaned Meyer his old dragster to <BR>compete with until Meyer receives his new Dave Uyehara chassis.  Meyer, who <BR>received a cracked vertebrae from his crash, was released by doctors on <BR>Wednesday, and hopes to pick up as close as he can to where he left off in <BR>Dauzat's car. <BR> <BR>"Since Dauzat offered to let us borrow a car, the boys [Meyer's crew] have <BR>been working day and night," Meyer said.  "As of today, the car is just about <BR>ready to go.  We'll try to fire the car up later today to make sure <BR>everything runs ok.  It's a shorter car, so we may run into a balance <BR>problem, but it shouldn't be a big problem.  We still have the power, we just <BR>got to get it to the ground." <BR> <BR>"The doctors released me this morning, so I feel good to go, and get after it <BR>again," Meyer added. "They did an MRI on my back, and everything is good back <BR>there.  I got a few stiff spots still, but everything is ok." <BR> <BR>On that last run in Houston, Meyer was on the run of his life.  His <BR>incremental times were the best of anyone that weekend, when he lost control <BR>on the top end of the track.  Meyer ran through the timers with an elapsed <BR>time of  5.44 seconds at only 223 mph before impacting the wall just past the <BR>finish line.  After the first hard impact, the car broke in half, as <BR>designed, in front of the driver's compartment.  The car ricocheted across <BR>the track into the other wall, where it slid to a stop.  After being helped <BR>from the car, Meyer was able to stand on his own, and talk to paramedics <BR>before being transported to a nearby hospital. <BR> <BR>This weekend, Meyer feels confident that even with the shorter, older style <BR>car, he can get back into the 5.40's [elapsed time] at the Motorplex. <BR> <BR>"I think we should be able to run some mid .40's," Meyer commented.  "I don't <BR>think we can get into the .30's, though.  The incremental numbers on that run <BR>we crashed was .03 better at the eighth mile than we were on that 5.41 we ran <BR>in Houston last year, so we knew it would have ran a .36 or .37.  This car is <BR>a little bit shorter, and the motor is not quite in the same position, so <BR>it's just going to be a matter of trying to get a handle on it.  It gives us <BR>something to race with, so that's better than what we had before he offered <BR>us this car." <BR> <BR>Meyer plans to compete Dauzat's car in Dallas, and at the following Division <BR>4 race in Baton Rouge.  Meyer hopes to have his new car completed by the Mac <BR>Tools Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., an event he won last year.  Meyer <BR>is also the defending champion from last year's events in Dallas and Baton <BR>Rouge as well. <BR> <BR>"Uyehara told me the car would be ready in a couple of weeks, so we hope to <BR>have it ready by Gainesville," stated Meyer.  "If we don't make that race, <BR>we'll replace it with Atlanta [Advance Auto Parts Nationals]." <BR> <BR>Meyer, who was picked to be one this year's contenders for the World <BR>Championship, says he's not going to worry about going after the <BR>Championship, but winning at the races he goes to. <BR> <BR>"We're just going to do like we did last year," said Meyer.  "Just go and <BR>race, and see how we do.  We didn't plan on chasing the Championship last <BR>year, we just sort of got caught up in it at the end of the year.  Santos and <BR>the O'Bannon team are pretty good.  We're a little bit less funded than we <BR>were before because of this crash, so we'll just have to play it out and see <BR>how it goes." <BR> <BR>"We'll just take it one race, and one round at a time." <BR> <BR>If Meyer can get back to his normal championship form, the rest of the <BR>Federal Mogul Dragster class might not get the break they thought they were <BR>after all. <BR> <BR>For more information on the Meyer team, visit their website <A HREF="http://JayMeyerRacing.com"> <BR>www.JayMeyerRacing.com</A> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR></P></P></FONT></HTML>

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