Memphis: Warren Johnson Friday summary

WJ Slots Seventh Midway Through Memphis Qualifying Warren Johnson and the GM Performance Parts GTO Racing team continued their learning procedure with their new race car during Friday's opening action at the O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals in...

WJ Slots Seventh Midway Through Memphis Qualifying

Warren Johnson and the GM Performance Parts GTO Racing team continued their learning procedure with their new race car during Friday's opening action at the O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals in Memphis, TN. With temperatures nearing 100 degrees at Memphis Motorsports Park, they would make their first two qualifying passes under conditions they had never seen with this particular chassis, testing their ability to extrapolate data from previous races.

Fortunately, the team responded in winning fashion, posting two solid runs, with their best effort of 6.824-seconds at 201.34 mph slotting them in the seventh position midway through qualifying, with The Professor looking to improve his standing during one of his final two attempts on Saturday.

"With the limited time we have had with this GM Performance Parts GTO, our database remains fairly small. After all, we came here with less than twenty runs on it. As a result, we are still trying to determine its tuning window.

"In some cases, it has responded as expected, whereas other times, it's thrown us a curve. We need to make good, straight runs from the starting line to finish line. When it does that, it has already shown its potential. Our job is to do it every time.

"For example, today, we fought to keep it straight, which scrubbed off a little speed. We'll try and address it tomorrow, and see if we can move up a few spots for Sunday."

-j2r-

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