Gary Scelzi Phoenix test notes

Scelzi quickest on Saturday in Phoenix testing CHANDLER, Ariz. (Jan. 30, 2005) - Gary Scelzi, driving the Mopar/Oakley Dodge Stratus Funny Car, was the quickest in the second day of pre-season testing at Firebird International Raceway, posting...

Scelzi quickest on Saturday in Phoenix testing

CHANDLER, Ariz. (Jan. 30, 2005) - Gary Scelzi, driving the Mopar/Oakley Dodge Stratus Funny Car, was the quickest in the second day of pre-season testing at Firebird International Raceway, posting a 4.808-second pass at 323.97 mph before the sessions were cut short due to rain and cool temperatures.

"The race track really came around today," he said prior to leaving for a Matco Tools appearance in Nashville, Tenn., for Sunday and Monday. "We actually didn't have enough power in it. It shook a little bit. We probably could've run quicker, but we didn't know exactly how good the track was going to be. We learned a lot of things. We think we're ready to go to Pomona (season opener Feb. 10-13).

"We ran well in Vegas, we ran well here, we think we can go and swing the bat as hard as anybody. We'll just have to see."

NHRA Funny Car veteran Dale Pulde sat in for Scelzi and also for Scelzi's teammate Ron Capps in the Brut Dodge Funny Car on Sunday. Capps was also committed to attend the Matco Tools event.

In today's final session, Pulde pulled out a 4.826-second pass at 270.37 mph after shutting off early. His 263.51 mph at half-track was impressive.

"It was a little much," he said of playing musical cars, "but it was really exciting. It didn't give me much time to think about stuff. For not being in a car that runs like this in a long time - or ever, really - and the two cars are so close to one another and they're great cars, it was an outstanding experience."

-dsr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Ron Capps , Gary Scelzi , Dale Pulde