Indy ORP: Tom Hammonds Saturday notes

TEAM HAMMONDS MAINTAINS AT NHRA US NATIONALS -Chevy Cobalt Has Best Performance in Third Session - (Indianapolis, Aug. 30, 2008) - Team Hammonds participated in two qualifying sessions today at the 54th annual NHRA MacTools U.S. Nationals at...

TEAM HAMMONDS MAINTAINS AT NHRA US NATIONALS
-Chevy Cobalt Has Best Performance in Third Session -

(Indianapolis, Aug. 30, 2008) - Team Hammonds participated in two qualifying sessions today at the 54th annual NHRA MacTools U.S. Nationals at the O'Reilly Raceway Park resulting in maintaining 21st place.

Team Hammonds ran the team's best elapsed time of 6.708 seconds at 205.19 seconds in the third session, almost bumping into the 12-car qualifying field. Driver/Owner Tom Hammonds felt his performance was right with the pack due to the solid changes made to the chassis, clutch, and transmission gear ratio of the Chevy Cobalt before the run to improve their time.

"Overall, we are happy about the third session run. Yes, we almost bumped into the qualifying field, but I am pleased because this is the best I've felt our Chevy Cobalt launch off the starting line in a long, long time," said a hopeful Hammonds. "I give all the credit to the crew for the great decisions they made to allow the Chevy Cobalt to perform."

The outcome was not so favorable for the earlier round of qualifying. Team Hammonds was too aggressive on the initial hit from the start line. Missed calculations for the transmission gear ratios caused the car to spin from the start line for Hammonds to register an elapsed time of 6.730 seconds at 204.94 mph.

"My crew is doing an excellent job, especially in the last run today. This last run gives us momentum going into tomorrow morning's session. If we make this same type of run in tomorrow morning's session, given the good conditions, then I feel confident we will have a chance to race on Monday."

Team Hammonds will use tomorrow's qualifying sessions to secure a spot in the top 16 to participate in eliminations on Labor Day. The weather conditions for the first session are expected to be the most favorable for the weekend for dragsters to produce faster times. The air quality will be better than today, along with the track being cooler.

"We will be in the favored left lane for the first session tomorrow; so we just have to make the same type of run we did tonight tomorrow morning. I like our chances."

Pro Stock action resumes on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. EST.

Richie Stevens, driver of the No. 9 GXP, is running a THE engine and sits in 22nd place after three rounds of qualifying.

-credit: thr

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