Mike Ferderer claims title

TACOMA, Wash. (Nov. 8)—Pennzoil NHRA Super Gas driver, Mike Ferderer claimed his sixth Northwest, Division 6 championship title this past weekend at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix, Ariz. “We had a good weekend for sure,” said Ferderer....

TACOMA, Wash. (Nov. 8)—Pennzoil NHRA Super Gas driver, Mike Ferderer claimed his sixth Northwest, Division 6 championship title this past weekend at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix, Ariz.

“We had a good weekend for sure,” said Ferderer. “The Super Gas car ran really well. It was fast from the start and everything clicked for us. The Super Comp Dragster wasn’t as good. We ran fast and qualified really well but driver error ruined the weekend for the Gumout Dragster as I red-lighted in the first round. The Pennzoil Super Gas Pontiac was the car to beat.“

Ferderer, a full-time competitor with the Federal-Mogul Drag Racing series runs two cars, the Pennzoil Pontiac Grand Prix Super Gas and the Gumout Super Comp Dragster and is one of the few drivers to have captured victories in both categories. So far in 1999, Ferderer has won three out of six of his divisional events and has one national event win at Phoenix earlier this year. He will finish the season in the top 20 in points in the Super Comp class and will capture a top ten position in points in the Super Gas class. The official positions will be determined this weekend in California.

“All in all 1999 was a great year for us,” said Ferderer. “I would have liked to win more but we did okay. We have the knowledge that it takes to run up front and we proved it here in Phoenix.

“Next year we will have two new cars and would really like to pick up where we left off. I’m switching to the Pontiac Firebird next year and we will be trying a new engine management program. I just hope we have what it takes to put this program together in time, there are only eight weeks from the World Finals this weekend in Pomona to the Winternationals here in February.”

The NHRA Federal-Mogul World Finals is a national sportsman event held in conjunction with the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals scheduled Nov. 11-14 at the historic Pomona Raceway in Pomona, Calf.

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