Personett leads R2B2 Racing charge into Vegas Pro Mod battle
LAS VEGAS (March 30) – Being the fastest Pro Mod pilot in the world has proven to be of little value to drag racer Brad Personett, at least as he muddles through his latest task of moving to R2B2 Racing headquarters in Duluth, Ga.
"I'm in the middle of unpacking all my stuff right now," Personett said. "I bought a home in Duluth and I've been moving down there since the Gainseville race. It's not been a lot of fun, trust me. Between that and getting this racecar ready for Vegas, I can't seem to find enough hours in the day."
In Gainesville, Personett suffered an uncharacteristic parts failure. He immediately corrected the problems, then started unpacking boxes. He says it's probably a good thing he's been sidetracked by the move to prevent him from further tinkering that might lead to more trouble, a huge temptation when there is a lot of time between races.
"We regrouped and fixed a mechanical failure we hope will never happen again," Personett said. "We've not had the time to flip the car upside down and make a thousand changes, which is good because you can reach a point where you don't know how to get back. That's what's bad about a long time off. Like with the break between Norwalk and Indy, you can really screw yourself up if you mess around too much."
Personett probably doesn't need to do much for this weekend's Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series event, which runs concurrently with the 12th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals. The last time the Pro Mods were at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway at the 2010 season finale, Personett's turbocharged '68 Pro Care Rx Camaro had the perfect tune-up and he walked away the winner.
"I've been keeping my eye on the weather," he said. "Hopefully we have a setup that will make us one of the cars to beat. Learning as we go has been an uphill battle with this turbo deal the last three years. We're at the point now where we can try different things but we always seem to go back to what works for us."
Canada's Ray Commisso, who drives a supercharged '68 Camaro as a teammate to Personett, said the hot, dry conditions of Southern Nevada are always a challenge.
"Vegas is not paradise for a blower car," Commisso said. "But we know we've got a good car and consistency is going to win on race day. So we'll try to find a steady tune-up and take this car all the way to the winner's circle."
Team owner Roger Burgess has entered his '53 ProCare Rx Corvette into the event and will be looking to improve on his single round victory from Gainesville. Also flying the R2B2 Racing banner will be Micke Gullqvist, a Swede who won the Atlanta race last season. Gullqvist will race a '68 Camaro from the R2B2 Racing shop.