Indy ORP: Dave Grubnic preview

Dave Grubnic and the Zantrex-3 team see Indy as a new beginning INDIANAPOLIS, (Aug. 29, 2007) -- When the previous NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event in Reading, Penn., was finally over, Dave Grubnic, driver of the 8,000-horspower black and...

Dave Grubnic and the Zantrex-3 team see Indy as a new beginning

INDIANAPOLIS, (Aug. 29, 2007) -- When the previous NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event in Reading, Penn., was finally over, Dave Grubnic, driver of the 8,000-horspower black and blue Zantrex-3 Top Fuel dragster, found himself sitting in 9th place in points. The reason that is so important is NHRA's new-for-2007 Countdown to the Championship which only allows the top eight in points to vie for the season points championship.

Now, with the world's most prestigious drag racing event set to begin, the famed Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis, Grubnic and his Zantrex-3 have set new goals for finishing the rest of this season and a new attitude has already started to surface within the ranks of the team's nitro warriors.

"Sure, it's a big letdown not to make the Countdown, but we still have some races to win," Grubnic, a 45-year old resident of Ennis, Mont., said. "We sure would love to start a winning streak at Indy this weekend. Our team has kept their heads held high through this whole thing, and I commend them for that. I think a great way to repay that is for us to go out and win in Indy.

"Indy is like a new start for us. We are putting all of the negative things behind us and we're only thinking positively now. That's all we can do. This is a great team with a great group of guys and I am very proud of them all. No matter what happens, we will go do our best and have fun. That's what drag racing is all about anyway."

-credit: km

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