PRO STOCK ROOKIE SHAUN CARLSON WELL PREPARED FOR CHICAGO RACE JOLIET, Ill. (June 7, 2006) - NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Rookie Shaun Carlson is anticipating a competitive weekend of racing for himself at this weekend's CARQUEST...
PRO STOCK ROOKIE SHAUN CARLSON WELL PREPARED FOR CHICAGO RACE
JOLIET, Ill. (June 7, 2006) - NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Rookie Shaun Carlson is anticipating a competitive weekend of racing for himself at this weekend's CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.
His confidence stems from a test session held this week at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill., in which assistant crew chief (and driver) Terry Adams piloted the Team Mopar/SRT Dodge Stratus R/T in place of Carlson. From all reports, the tests showed an improvement in horsepower in the Mopar engines that are being developed at crew chief David Nickens' shop in Conroe, Texas.
"In talking with the crew guys during the test, they say the engines are pumping out more power," said Carlson. "They brought one engine up from Texas for the test, and it's my understanding that we will have another one up here for the race."
Although Carlson didn't attend the test session, he's confident the improvements will benefit his and the car's performance at Route 66 Raceway this weekend. "It killed me not being there," he said, "whether it's working on the car, driving the car, whatever it is. You hate to feel like you aren't contributing. But, the good thing is that Terry will know exactly how the car needs to be set up after driving it for a couple days.
"I am definitely getting more comfortable in the car, so I feel good heading into this weekend. With Terry running my car at the test, working on the four-link suspension and the set-up of the car, I know the Team Mopar/SRT Dodge will run straight, and with Nickens preparing the engines in Texas, we should have the horsepower as well.
"I'm looking forward to the weekend. It's an important race for us because it is (team owner) Don Schumacher's hometown race and it is the start of a three-race swing. It would be great to start off on a good note."