JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (Jan.6) -- National Hot Rod Association Pro Stock Drivers, Greg Anderson and Mark "Cowboy" Pawuk have entered into an agreement that will put them together as teammates for the 2000 season. Anderson, as he did in 1999, will lease engines from Pawuk and will switch from his Oldsmobile Cutlass to Pawuk's Rick Jones Pontiac Firebird for the entire season.
"I tested the car in Florida a few weeks ago," said Anderson, "and had no problems. It's practically a new car. It's only been tested a few times. Changing over to the Pontiac Firebird, we feel, will give us an aerodynamic advantage over the Cutlass and allow us to share additional data with Mark."
In 1999, Anderson competed full-time in the NHRA Pro Stock class driving his Oldsmobile for part of the season and Pawuk's back-up car for the rest, serving as a test driver for Pawuk's racing equipment. In 2000, Anderson and Pawuk will still test together and share information, but the two will run separate operations at the racetrack.
"I'm excited about the deal," said Anderson. "Mark says we will have more power this year and with the fuel fiasco behind us, it should bring the field back to us. I'm looking for a very competitive season. If we can finish in the top ten running different cars every other week, just imagine what we can do with a consistent program."
Anderson captured 10th place in the 1999 Winston NHRA Pro Stock point standings with his best finish coming at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, where he finished runner-up to his former employer, Warren, "the Professor", Johnson. He also qualified in the top half of the field eight times and is the sixth member of the prestigious Speed Pro 200- MPH Club.
Anderson and Pawuk will take their cars to Detroit for wind tunnel testing early next week and will round out the week in Florida for additional testing. The two will then travel to Houston for the NHRA Pro Stock SuperBowl before heading to California for the first of 23 NHRA Pro Stock point events.