Reading: Toyota Bruce Sarver preview

Sarver takes the White Cap Celica to the site of his first career funny car victory. READING, Pa. (Sept. 12, 2002) - Bruce Sarver hopes history will repeat itself this weekend when he gets behind the wheel of the White Cap Toyota Celica Funny...

Sarver takes the White Cap Celica to the site of his first career funny car victory.

READING, Pa. (Sept. 12, 2002) - Bruce Sarver hopes history will repeat itself this weekend when he gets behind the wheel of the White Cap Toyota Celica Funny Car at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Sept. 13-15, in Reading, Pa.

"Reading is a special place since it was my first-ever Funny Car win," said Sarver, of Bakersfield, Calif. "The team has worked hard this year, and the White Cap Celica has been really quick, but we just haven't had that weekend where everything falls together. Our first win of the year could definitely come this weekend. If the weather's right, records will be set."

Since taking over the driving duties of the White Cap Celica Funny Car in May, Sarver has been one of the top-five racers in the class. He took the White Cap Celica Funny Car to the final round in his first race at Englishtown, N.J., and also at Columbus and Seattle. Sarver also earned the top qualifying spot at Topeka and Chicago. The six-year drag racing veteran currently sits in 13th-place overall (585 points) despite only racing in 10 of 17 events this season.

In its first year of competition, the White Cap Toyota Celica Funny Car produced three top-10 qualifying positions and a final-round appearance in Gainesville, Fla., with Gary Scelzi behind the wheel. The two drivers' combined 886 points is sixth most in the Funny Car class this year.

The White Cap Toyota Celica is the first manufacturer-backed import Funny Car in NHRA POWERade Series history. The car, which made its debut in February at Pomona, Calif., was developed using the production Toyota Celica GT-S as the baseline. The project, which began in the fall of 2001, was developed in conjunction with Swift Engineering, Inc., in San Clemente, Calif.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Bruce Sarver , Gary Scelzi