ACDelco Camaro Turns Unofficial 6.77-Second ET in Top Secret Session
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Christmas came early for NHRA Pro Stock drag racer Kurt Johnson when he made the quickest run of his career in pre-season testing at Montgomery (Alabama) Motorsports Park. Johnson's ACDelco Camaro Z28 turned a 6.77-second elapsed time at 201.88 mph, unofficially the quickest e.t. in Pro Stock history. Kurt's time was well below the 6.822-second NHRA national record held by his father, five-time champion Warren Johnson.
The Johnsons were conducting the first of several scheduled chassis tests in preparation for the start of the 2000 racing season. Kurt's ACDelco team concentrated on suspension and shock absorber development during the marathon three-day test in Montgomery.
"I had intended to make only 1/8th mile runs, but after we worked on the shocks and four-link, the car felt so good that I ran it all the way to the finish line," Johnson reported. "The 6.77-second run was as smooth as silk, but I had no idea that it was that quick. We made another suspension adjustment, and my Camaro ran 6.80 on back-to-back passes.
"Obviously the atmospheric and track conditions were exceptional, and that certainly helped the car's performance," he explained. "I think the knowledge we gained at this test will be valuable to our chassis development program and will help us to improve our consistency next season."
Warren's GM Goodwrench Service Plus team evaluated several suspension configurations during the private test session. "Our objective wasn't to run fast, but rather to gather the information we need to make sure that our chassis program is going in the correct direction," said the silver-haired Professor of Pro Stock. "Given the power level of the engine we were using, I'm quite pleased with our results."
Warren and Kurt Johnson will continue their relentless testing regimen through the holidays as they prepare for the season-opening NHRA AutoZone Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., on February 3-6, 2000.