Joliet: Gary Scelzi preview

SCELZI LOOKS FORWARD TO FUN FACTOR IN CHICAGO JOLIET, Ill. (June 6, 2007) - What do you look forward to when you're in the top eight towards the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series' Countdown to the Championship (fourth), have a hiatus awaiting you...

SCELZI LOOKS FORWARD TO FUN FACTOR IN CHICAGO

JOLIET, Ill. (June 6, 2007) - What do you look forward to when you're in the top eight towards the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series' Countdown to the Championship (fourth), have a hiatus awaiting you at the end of the 2007 season, and are headed to one of the fastest quarter-miles on the NHRA drag-racing circuit? A blizzard.

What? That's what four-time NHRA champion Gary Scelzi, driver of the Mopar/Oakley Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car, is expecting at this weekend's Torco Racing Fuels Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Joliet, Ill., "home track" for Don Schumacher, the team owner who hails from nearby Park Ridge, Ill.

"It's just a great place," says Scelzi, a Fresno, Calif., native. "It's Schumacher's home, and we'll have a ton of Schumacher Electric people in the pits. It's almost like racing at home because of Don being from here. It will be a little hectic at first, but it's always good. There's a friend of Schumacher's who owns a Dairy Queen who always brings Oreo Cookie blizzards, so that's what I'm really looking forward to."

Scelzi also loves the track, at which he's won twice - once in Top Fuel (2000) and again in Funny Car (2005). It's where he became the first Funny Car driver to break the 330-mph barrier (330.15 mph) in 2004.

"We love racing in Chicago," said Scelzi, "because Route 66 Raceway is absolutely one of the best places we go to. The night qualifying session there will be fun. We'll let the big dog eat.

"Besides the Bruton Smith-owned tracks, Chicago is right up there. That's where we broke the 330-mph barrier, we've won here in Top Fuel and in Funny Car and it's one of the fastest tracks we go to. It will be an exciting weekend for the fans and the competitors."

-credit: dsr

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NHRA
Drivers Gary Scelzi , Don Schumacher