HAGAN GETS RUST OUT AT PBIR TEST
JUPITER, Fla. (Jan. 15, 2010) - Matt Hagan set the third quickest lap among the three Don Schumacher Racing Funny Cars during a "closed" test session from Monday through Thursday at Palm Beach International Raceway this week. Testing will continue today.
Hagan's DSR teammate Ron Capps was unofficially the quickest in the Funny Car class, with a 4.091-second lap, while his other DSR stablemate Jack Beckman recorded a 4.095-second elapsed time.
Hagan, driving two shelor.com Dodge Funny Cars this week, posted a 4.099-second lap at 307.8 mph on Wednesday, his best in 11 passes.
"Testing went well," said Hagan, who finished 11th in the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series standings as a rookie. "We ran two good laps and ironed out the car for the beginning of the year and we're really excited to get a new season under way. We had no problems. The shelor.com Dodge went down the track and it felt great. Everything came right back to me.
"For me, getting my head around driving the car again and basically doing my job and not leaving anything out there is very important. There's still a lot of rust to get off after two or three months away from racing.
"After this test session we're going to have another month before the start of the season, so it will be easy to get a little rusty again. You just want to keep everything fresh in your head, and make sure that you're ready to go on race day.
"We had a brand-new car that we were testing on Thursday and we're going to test on Friday. And we're trying to get our backup car ready to go just in case anything happens to our primary car. We're getting all the bugs out of it and making sure that we can pull it right out of the box if anything happens and go racing.
"This track is really nice. You can go out there and stand on it and know it's going to hook up when it goes."