Gainsville: Marc White wrap up

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Former Division 3 Federal Mogul Funny Car Champion Marc White lost his semifinal matchup with Defending World Champion Frank Manzo during this past weekend's NHRA Division 2 Federal Mogul Drag Racing Series event at ...

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Former Division 3 Federal Mogul Funny Car Champion Marc White lost his semifinal matchup with Defending World Champion Frank Manzo during this past weekend's NHRA Division 2 Federal Mogul Drag Racing Series event at Gainesville Raceway. Even with the loss, White feels the weekend was a successful test session for the Etterman Racing Team's upcoming Division 3 season.

White, of Glendale Heights, Ill., struggled during qualifying with his new 2001 Firebird with the new 2001 supercharger rules in place, and only ran an elapsed time of 6.269 seconds at 235.47 mph to qualify him fifth. In round one, White ran closer to his normal form with a 5.899 at 247.04 to take out Mark Billington. Manzo would put an end to White's "test session" in the next round, as the pair put on the quickest side by side run of the weekend. Manzo took the win with a 5.735 at 249.43 mph over White's tire-shaking 5.905 at 246.30 mph.

"We're real happy with this weekend," said White. "I wouldn't exactly say everything went as planned, but we accomplished what we wanted to do. We got the car to be somewhat competitive, worked out some of the new car bugs, and put it back in the trailer in one piece."

Given what the car's performance this weekend, the Etterman Racing team feels the car has much more performance left that has yet to be tapped.

"From what we did down there, with the way the car ran, and the way the data looked from the runs, I really think we can run the numbers Manzo ran," stated White. "As far as the next event, I don't know. It's in the car, it's just up to us to get it out of it."

The Etterman Racing team will return to Gainesville for it's next event, the Mac Tools Gatornationals, Mar. 15-18, where White will change from the 'test' mode to 'full competition' mode.

"Coming back to Gainesville is really the reason why we decided to come down here," commented White. "We knew we could come down here and make three or four runs, then come back and race down here in March. We can take some of the knowledge we gathered here at this divisional race, and apply it at the Gatornationals. Our plan is to run it as hard as we can, and if all goes well, we should be in the hunt."

-Will Hanna

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Series NHRA
Drivers Frank Manzo , Mark Billington