ET Bracket: Indy ORP notes 2007-04-02

VAN DE VOORDE BATTLES ELEMENTS AND COMPETITION FOR FIRST WIN IN SUPER PRO AT ORP IN 2007 INDIANAPOLIS (April 2, 2007) The first weekend of the VP Fuels E. T. Bracket Racing Series featured thrilling action as the racers competed not only...

VAN DE VOORDE BATTLES ELEMENTS AND COMPETITION FOR FIRST WIN IN SUPER PRO AT ORP IN 2007

INDIANAPOLIS (April 2, 2007) The first weekend of the VP Fuels E. T. Bracket Racing Series featured thrilling action as the racers competed not only against each other but also the weather during the weekend. In the Joe Barszcz Super Pro category, Henry Van De Voorde, of Plainfield, was able outlast Aaron Vail in the final round to take his new Racecraft machine to victory lane.

"This is a new car to us with less than 100 runs on it and my first time in the car was on Saturday during the test and tune," stated Van De Voorde. "I was fortunate because it felt pretty good the first time I got in it." His winning pass was 4.976 seconds at 133.90mph to a losing run of 6.941 seconds at 95.82mph by Vail. The closest run Van De Voorde faced during the day was against the always tough Greg Dillman.

"Dillman dialed in with a 625 and ran a 625 with a 2; I dialed in a 496 and ran a 496 with a 1 and that was the tightest run of the day," exclaimed Van De Voorde. "I won that round by only 1 thousandths of a second and you can't even blink an eye that quick."

During the course of the weekend both the racers and the staff at ORP had to deal with showers during both the test and tune and the race. On Saturday the test session started almost six hours late due to rain and the track had to be dried three times during the course of the day. On Sunday morning heavy moisture was on the racing surface and delayed the start of the day by two hours and another shower at 6:00 P. M., again slowed the racing action. The delays kept the drag crew busy drying the track and played on the racers nerves.

"When the rain comes in it washes the rubber and traction compound off the track making it a green track," exclaimed Van De Voorde. "You have to trust both your instincts and that the car will run the same number as it has been all weekend long and that's what it did."

"It is a credit to our entire drag crew that we got both the test and tune and the race completed," said Bruce Bachelder, drag strip consultant. "The entire staff of ORP contributed to the opening weekend and we are very pleased it was a successful event."

On Sunday the Automotion Racecars Pro, Rightway Automotive Sportsman, United Construction Super Pro Bike and ORP Junior Dragsters were contested during the course of the day. Wes May won the Automotion Racecars Pro Class; Patrick Thomas won the Rightway Automotive Sportsman Class; Mike Mohrie won the United Construction Super Pro Bike Class; and Austin Carter won the ORP Jr. Dragster category. Scott Deffenbaugh won both the Brickers Pub best Reaction Time award and the MPH Best Package award on the same pass. Deffenbaugh had a dial in of 5.01 seconds, a perfect reaction time of .000, posted a 5.010 second pass for a .000 package.

The VP Fuels E. T. Bracket Racing Series returns to the track on Thursday with a test and tune and the next race is on Saturday. Points will be posted this week.

O'REILLY RACEWAY PARK AT INDIANAPOLIS

VP Fuels E. T. Bracket Racing Series
Indianapolis, Ind. (April 1, 2007)
Joe Barszcz Super Pro
W: Henry Van De Voorde ('04 Racecraft) - 4.976, 133.90.
R/U: Aaron Vail ('73 Pontiac) - 6.941, 95.82.

Automotion Racecars Pro
W: Wes May ('82 Buick Regal) - 7.007, 96.47.
R/U: Keith Walters ('68 Camaro) - 7.288, 91.54.

Rightway Automotive Sportsman
W: Patrick Thomas ('68 Dodge) - 12.055, 109.64.
R/U: Steve Kline ('80 Monza).

United Construction Super Pro Bike
W: Mike Mohrie (Kawasaki) - 9.455, 148.01.
R/U: Brad Miles ('02 Suzuki) - foul.

ORP Junior Dragster
W: Austin Carter ('02 Harden) - broke
R/U: Zack Gosnell ('99 Mike Bos) - broke.

One of five drag racing facilities owned and operated by the National Hot Rod Association, O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis was built in 1960 and has presented organized racing events since 1961. From March through October, the facility hosts more than 120 dates of racing on three tracks, a quarter-mile drag strip, a .686-mile paved oval and a 2.5-mile road course. Home to drag racing's biggest event, the NHRA U.S. Nationals over Labor Day weekend, the drag strip runs more than 50 days of point-to-point action, from national events to street legal community programs. The oval track draws racing's biggest events, including annual visits from the NASCAR Busch, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and three annual USAC races. The road course provides a home for several racing sanctions, such as SCCA, while providing an ideal resource for driving schools, corporate outings and open-road tests for professional drivers.

-credit: orp

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