Indianapolis2: Scotty Cannon Saturday summary

Cannon earns no. 10 in U.S. Nationals qualifying; sees progress INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 5, 2003) - Now that Scotty Cannon is his own crew chief and is taking advantage of the Schumacher Racing brain trust of Lee Beard (Whit Bazemore's crew chief),...

Cannon earns no. 10 in U.S. Nationals qualifying; sees progress

INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 5, 2003) - Now that Scotty Cannon is his own crew chief and is taking advantage of the Schumacher Racing brain trust of Lee Beard (Whit Bazemore's crew chief), Mike Neff (Gary Scelzi's crew chief) and Dan Olson (co-crew chief to Baze and Scelzi), the Oakley Funny Car team has seen progress in its performance this week at the U.S. Nationals.

The Mohawk-wearing racer ended up No. 10 in qualifying for the U.S. Nationals after five sessions over a week's time (4.822/316.60), one of which he didn't even run when a clutch problem prevented him from getting it in forward gear earlier today. In the final round he posted a strong 4.915/298.21, despite spitting and sputtering at the finish line.

"It ran a .91. That's a pretty good lap, considering," he said. "It just threw a rod out of it at and the dumb-a__ driver stayed with it. We do know now that on race day with a rod out of it at a little over half track, if the driver can hang with it, it will still run a 4.91. It used to be that we couldn't run that fast with all eight cylinders in it. I guess that's a good thing."

Cannon is matched against Ron Capps in first round of eliminations and is looking for his first Funny Car win.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Whit Bazemore , Ron Capps , Gary Scelzi , Scotty Cannon , Mike Neff