Anderson Ready for Denver's Unique Challenge Mooresville, N.C., July 22, 2010 -- Of all four professional categories in the NHRA's Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, Pro Stock Car is the most sensitive to changes in atmospheric conditions.
Anderson Ready for Denver's Unique Challenge
Mooresville, N.C., July 22, 2010 -- Of all four professional categories in the NHRA's Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, Pro Stock Car is the most sensitive to changes in atmospheric conditions. Unlike their nitro-burning brethren in Funny Car and Top Fuel there is no supercharger atop their 500-cubic-inch power plant, nor can they benefit from electronic fuel-injection as used in Pro Stock Motorcycle. Instead, they must call on their expertise with carbureted gasoline engines to adapt to any variances, with the greatest test of their tuning abilities coming at this weekend's Mopar Mile-High Nationals in Denver, CO, where the mile-high altitude will deprive them of horsepower-producing oxygen.
With two wins in their previous nine visits to the Centennial State, Greg Anderson and the Summit Racing Pro Stock team are well-versed in what it takes to succeed "on the mountain". Therefore, despite having one element missing from their normal pre-race preparations due to the changes in this year's schedule, they come into the event quietly confident about their chances.
"The conditions in Denver are unlike any other on the circuit, requiring a completely different tune-up, especially in Pro Stock," said Anderson. "Having not tested at Bandimere Speedway before the event for the first time in many years, we're a little nervous, but it just wasn't feasible for us to do so this season. Besides, as well as our Summit Racing Pontiacs have been running and with the extensive notes we have from previous races here, we should still be in good shape."
The placement of this race at the end of the NHRA's traditional Western Swing has only served to increase the challenge for the racers, as they will have less than five days to make the 1,300-mile trip from California to Colorado and complete the necessary changes to their race car. Faced with a 30% reduction in horsepower, the "factory hot rods" will require extensive modifications to their normal set-up in order to compensate.
"To get ready for this race, you basically pick up the gas cap and slide a new race car underneath it," said Anderson. "There's not anything that stays the same of the parts that we're capable of changing other than the front and rear tires, because if you don't dramatically alter the race car, you're going to get crushed. Fortunately, this KB Racing team has learned a lot about racing at Bandimere Speedway over the years, so we're familiar with the drill and know what areas to work on.
"Fortunately, both Jason's (teammate Line) and my Summit Racing Pontiacs have been working really well over the last few weeks under a wide variety of conditions, which is why I'm not nervous about not having tested in Denver. With just a couple races to go before we lock horns for the championship, things are really looking up for us. We know we still have work to do, but now believe we have a realistic chance to win every race we enter, which wasn't necessarily the case not that long ago. Our game plan for Denver is simple - we're going to go there, give it all we've got, and do whatever we can to leave there with the trophy."
-source: kb racing