MORRISON, Colo. - Sometimes in racing, just when you think you're about to get something figured out, something gets changed and you have to start from square one again. Such is the case for Federal Mogul Dragster driver Sergio Recio and the rest...
MORRISON, Colo. - Sometimes in racing, just when you think you're about to get something figured out, something gets changed and you have to start from square one again. Such is the case for Federal Mogul Dragster driver Sergio Recio and the rest of the class heading into this weekend's NHRA Division 5 Federal Mogul Drag Racing Series event at Bandimere Speedway, just outside of Denver in the Rocky Mountains. Recio made it to the semifinals of last year's race here, and hopes to improve on that this year with the aide of his new crew chief, Ora Vasquez.
Recio, from El Paso, Texas, enters this weekend's race third in Division 5 points, and hopes to gain ground on leaders David Wells and Bruce Bowler on 'The Mountain.' Bowler has elected to sit out high altitude events this year in his injected-nitro A/Fuel Dragster, leaving only Wells in his sights. Recio feels the continued research and development of his Fontana engine might give him an edge in the altitude.
"We're going to go up there a day early and make some test passes," said Recio. "Obviously, it's a 'mile high' up there, and we're going to have to make some changes. You have to put more compression in it, and change up the gears in the transmission and rearend. We're going to use that testing to try to get it lined out and see what it does."
At last years event, Recio ran in the 5.8 second zone with an older, heavier car. This year, Recio has a new generation, state of the art, much lighter Brad Hadman chassis, and veterans Vasquez and Rick Paradise calling the shots on the tune-up. Recio hopes to combine those elements into a win on Sunday.
"The Fontana has a lot of bottom end [horsepower]," explained Recio. "We haven't ran the car at a high altitude this year, just a low sea level tracks. Ora feels pretty optimistic about it, he's been looking at some things on the computer, and where to make the changes. That's why we are going to test early, so we can analyze the data the car gives us with the new set up, and make changes accordingly."
Recio also realizes that it is relatively early in the Division 5 season, and a win here could put him in contention for the Division 5 Championship.
"It's definitely something we are going to chase," stated Recio. "Now that I didn't go to Brainerd, the last race, that has really been on my mind. The reason we didn't go was that we were going to test in Las Vegas, but that did not play out. We're going to hit the rest of the divisional races. We're only 18 points out of second place, so we're hoping to jump up with this race, and see where we are at afterwards."
"We can't just go up there and qualify," Recio continued. "We got to go up there and win some rounds."
Qualifying begins at 4 p.m. on Friday for the Federal Mogul Dragsters. Stay tuned to SummitRacing.com's Drag Race Central for round by round updates of the action from Denver.
Coming soon: Cash-n-Go Racing will debut it's new website, www.SergioRecio.com soon