Indianapolis: Bruce Sarver U.S. Nationals preview

Sarver, White Cap Toyota Celica Funny Car seek first win at U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 28, 2002) - Veteran drag racer Bruce Sarver and the Alan Johnson Racing team, after a number of final round appearances and ...

Sarver, White Cap Toyota Celica Funny Car seek first win at U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis.

INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 28, 2002) - Veteran drag racer Bruce Sarver and the Alan Johnson Racing team, after a number of final round appearances and pole positions this summer, will be in search of their first victory of 2002 at the historic NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, Aug. 28-Sept. 2, at Indianapolis Raceway Park (IRP).

"The Nationals is a really special event. Every driver wants to win there during their career," said Sarver, of Bakersfield, Calif. "It would be a great time to put the White Cap Celica in the winner's circle for the first time at IRP. We had the car to beat in Brainerd but need a little luck to go with all the speed the car has."

Sarver and the White Cap Toyota Celica Funny Car has been one of the fastest combinations in the NHRA POWERade Funny Car class after he took over the driving duties at Englishtown, N.J. in May. The two have reached the final-round at Englishtown, Columbus and Seattle, while earning top-qualifying positions at Topeka and Chicago. Sarver has qualified the Celica Funny Car fourth or better in six of his nine events. He currently sits in 12th-place overall (554 points) despite only racing in nine of 16 events this season.

In its first year of competition, the White Cap Toyota Celica Funny Car produced three top-10 qualifying positions and an earlier final-round appearance in Gainesville, Fla., with Gary Scelzi behind the wheel. The two drivers' combined 855 points is sixth most in the Funny Car class this year.

The White Cap Toyota Celica is the first manufacturer-backed import Funny Car in NHRA POWERade Series history. The car, which made its debut in February at Pomona, Calif., was developed using the production Toyota Celica GT-S as the baseline. The project began in the fall of 2001.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Bruce Sarver , Gary Scelzi