POMONA, Calif. - Lucas Oil Buell rider Hector Arana Sr. is looking ahead to the 2013 season after falling in the first round of the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway on Sunday.
Arana Sr., the patriarch of the Lucas Oil Buell Pro Stock Motorcycle team, finished fourth in the points standings for the second-best finish of his career after winning the 2009 championship.
"But overall, we have learned some things and we need to apply that going to next year. This year is already behind me. There's nothing I can do. I've got to focus on next year."
Arana Sr. reached two final rounds in 2012, with nine semifinal appearances in 16 races. Plus, he tied for second with four No. 1 qualifiers in the class.
But Arana Sr. is ready for the 2013 season and hopes for better luck that he had this weekend, when he struggled getting the Lucas Oil Buell to launch off the starting line.
Arana Sr.'s bike bogged on the line against Karen Stoffer and slowed to a pass of 8.754 seconds at 111.74 mph, falling to Stoffer's run of 6.879 seconds at 192.91 mph.
"I came here, and I wanted to do my best," Arana Sr. said. "But I was more happy that it was the last one because that meant it's over.
I knew for next year, with the rule change, that I'm looking forward to it. I want to see what's going to happen and who's going to have the performance advantage."
The off-season will be busy for Arana Sr. and the team to get ready for 2013.
"We can't lose any time," Arana Sr. said. "We've got to take all these engines apart, figure out what I slowed down, why Hector slowed down. We need to fix that first, so we have a good starting point, and then we'll go from there.
"We need to freshen up everything, we're going to be ordering parts, getting the new shop done and do some R&D."
The Lucas Oil team will add Adam Arana, Hector Sr.'s youngest son, to form a three-bike team with Hector Sr. and Hector Jr.
"I'm going to be super busy with Adam," Arana Sr. said. "I want to take him down to Florida, I want to have him get some runs and seat time because I want him to have a fair chance of winning the rookie of the year."
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