JOHNSON JR. SITS FIFTH AFTER THREE QUALIFYING SESSIONS ARE COMPLETE AT INDY CLERMONT, Ind. (Sept. 3, 2005) After the second day of qualifying action at the 51st annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, veteran Funny Car driver Tommy Johnson Jr. and Don...
JOHNSON JR. SITS FIFTH AFTER THREE QUALIFYING SESSIONS ARE COMPLETE AT INDY
CLERMONT, Ind. (Sept. 3, 2005) After the second day of qualifying action at the 51st annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, veteran Funny Car driver Tommy Johnson Jr. and Don Prudhomme's Skoal RacingSM Funny Car sit fifth in the qualifying order.
Johnson's best run of the weekend came Friday night under the lights at Indianapolis Raceway Park when he blasted the Skoal Racing flopper to a performance of 4.748 seconds at 325.77 mph. It was the second quickest run of Johnson's career.
On Saturday's first qualifying attempt, Johnson and company were forced to sit and wait during a long delay due to an issue with the timing system. The six-time NHRA winner then used a tune-up from crew chiefs Mike Green and Johnny West to power to a run of 4.924 at 316.08 on a sunny I.R.P. quarter mile. Johnson's Monte Carlo overpowered the track on Saturday's final attempt as the Iowa native coasted to a 5.408-second elapsed timie.
"We waited longer than we should have and the tune-up was off a little bit after the track cooled off," Johnson said. "It was a good run. It went down the track and we learned from it."
"On the night run, we just went for it. It was on the verge of making a really good run, but there was too much clutch and it shook the tires lose. That's ok, we're fifth and I don't think that will change."
Johnson makes his second career appearance in the Skoal Showdown bonus event Sunday at I.R.P. The special race-within-a-race award's $100,000 to the winner of the eight-car race. Johnson, the No. 6 qualifier, will match-up against No. 3 qualifier Eric Medlen in round one of the Skoal Showdown. Professional qualifying resumes with sessions four and five schedule for 12:45 and 4:10 p.m.
"We have a tough draw with (Eric) Medlen," Johnson said. "I think that everything with be equalized with the sun on the race track. I like our chances."