Indianapolis2: Scott Cannon Friday summary

Cannon posts strong pass for No. 8 on Rainout Friday at U.S. INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 5, 2003) - Buoyed by a revamped Oakley Funny Car race team and a productive test session this week at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill., just outside...

Cannon posts strong pass for No. 8 on Rainout Friday at U.S.

INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 5, 2003) - Buoyed by a revamped Oakley Funny Car race team and a productive test session this week at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill., just outside of St. Louis, Scotty Cannon posted a strong 4.822/316.60 lap in tonight's third round of U.S. Nationals qualifying, following last week's rainout of the event. His 4.880/313.07 effort last week wasn't too shabby either.

"We did good. The whole team did good," Cannon said, after qualifying No. 8. "It wasn't just me. Everybody is just coming together. We're thinking we made some progress coming into this weekend. We left here during the week and went to St. Louis and the crew chief on the Yankees (Top Fuel) car has been helping me and consulting with me. We actually tuned it together, with the guys. We're taking everybody's input.

"Zippy (Mike Neff, Gary Scelzi's crew chief) has actually given us a little input on some stuff and bouncing some stuff off of us. I still have the last say-so," added Cannon, who is also the crew chief. "I don't really like the title of crew chief, but it's my baby when I pull up there. For once it has done good.

"It's the first time the Oakley car actually burned itself up and slowed down to an .82 rather than to something way slower. It was running good enough to have run a .78, so that's a good thing for us.

"If we get the motor a little bit happier maybe in the early session tomorrow we will try to run a little quicker."

Two more qualifying sessions are on tap for Saturday, with final eliminations taking place on Sunday.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Gary Scelzi , Scotty Cannon , Mike Neff