Gainesville: Warren Johnson Friday rain notes

Rain Washes Out Friday's Qualifying Sessions in Gainesville Persistent rain at Gainesville Raceway on Friday eventually forced NHRA officials to cancel the first day of qualifying at the ACDelco Gatornationals in Gainesville, FL. Racers...

Rain Washes Out Friday's Qualifying Sessions in Gainesville

Persistent rain at Gainesville Raceway on Friday eventually forced NHRA officials to cancel the first day of qualifying at the ACDelco Gatornationals in Gainesville, FL. Racers will now have to earn their spot in Sunday's final eliminations field during one of Saturday's twin qualifying sessions.

Among those trying to qualify will be nine-time Gatornationals winner Warren Johnson in his brand-new GM Performance Parts Pontiac GXP. Despite the loss of Friday's attempts, The Professor had no plans to deviate from his original game plan, having only made a handful of test runs following the car's completion on Tuesday.

"We're not going to change our approach to qualifying because even though we believe we have a pretty decent race car in this new GM Performance Parts GXP, the few runs we have made with it to date have all been in one lane at one racetrack. Therefore, we're not really sure how it will react to a different surface.

"We plan to simply concentrate on getting it from A to B, gathering data on every run. Hopefully, we'll get two attempts tomorrow, allowing us to not only get in the show, but also find out what, if anything we need to change for Sunday. With only seven total runs heading in to tomorrow, we're going to stay the course and let the chips fall where they may.

"The biggest loss, however, is for the fans, a lot of whom stayed around for the better part of the day just hoping it would clear up. There are numerous people who plan their vacations around this event, and it's really unfortunate we weren't able to get on the track today. Hopefully Mother Nature will smile on us tomorrow, and we can put on a great show for them."

-credit: j2r

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