Hight - Ford interview 2008-11-11

With only one race remaining in the NHRA Countdown to 1, Robert Hight, driver of the Auto Club of Southern California Ford Mustang, is in third place in the Funny Car standings, 39 points behind the leader. The series will hold its season finale...

With only one race remaining in the NHRA Countdown to 1, Robert Hight, driver of the Auto Club of Southern California Ford Mustang, is in third place in the Funny Car standings, 39 points behind the leader. The series will hold its season finale this weekend in Pomona, Calif.

WHAT IS THE NUMBER ONE FOCUS FOR YOUR TEAM GOING INTO THIS WEEKEND? "Just everybody doing everything right. We have a real good shot at this championship, I believe. The car has to be great in qualifying and we've got to make sure that we're up near the top so that we don't lose a couple extra critical points in qualifying that could make it another round. No mistakes on the team. We all have to be perfect this weekend."

DO YOU LOOK AT EVERY SCENARIO THAT WOULD NEED TO PLAY OUT FOR YOU TO BECOME THE CHAMPION, OR IS IT BETTER TO NOT FOCUS ON SCENARIOS AND JUST RACE? "That's all you can do because you can't control how it's all going to shake out in qualifying or who's where or who you have to race in the first round. You don't have control of any of those scenarios. We just have to do the best that we can do and hope that's good enough."

YOU'VE BEEN IN THIS SITUATION BEFORE, WHERE YOU'VE ENTERED THE LAST WEEKEND WITH A CHANCE TO WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP. DO YOU THINK THOSE EXPERIENCES CAN HELP YOU THIS SEASON? "Yeah, I believe that. I try not to change what I do, ever. I don't ever put more pressure on myself because I've been down to the wire or anything else. I go up there and to the best that I can every single run and it seems to work for me that way."

YOU'RE TEAM IS COMING OFF OF A GREAT PERFORMANCE AT LAS VEGAS A FEW WEEKS AGO. DO YOU WISH THAT YOU COULD HAVE GOTTEN RIGHT BACK AT IT AND FINISHED THE SEASON LAST WEEK, OR DO YOU THINK THAT HAVING A WEEK OFF COULD BE GOOD FOR YOU? "I like to get right back at it. I've always said that I don't like weekends off. I stayed in Vegas and helped John Force's daughters in their A-fuel cars. So I kind of feel that that maybe keeps me in a race mode a little bit - being around it and thinking about it and not just having idle time to let your mind wander and do things that are detrimental to you."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers John Force , Robert Hight