Sonoma: Jeff Arend preview

Jeff Arend and the DHL Funny Car team feel fortunate to have friends and family cheering for them in Sonoma SONOMA, Calif. (July 22, 2009) -- For California resident Jeff Arend, driver of the bright yellow, nitro-fueled, 8,000-horsepower DHL ...

Jeff Arend and the DHL Funny Car team feel fortunate to have friends and family cheering for them in Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif. (July 22, 2009) -- For California resident Jeff Arend, driver of the bright yellow, nitro-fueled, 8,000-horsepower DHL Toyota Solara Funny Car, this weekend, July 24-26, will be a homecoming of sorts when he and the other competitors in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series "go the grand" on the 1,000-ft. drag strip at scenic Infineon Raceway for the annual running of the NHRA Fram Autolite Nationals in the heart of the Northern Californian wine country in Sonoma.

"We always have a lot of family and friends come out to see us at the races in Sonoma," Arend, a 46-year old resident of San Dimas, Calif., said. "It's such a great track and great facility anyway, but then you have all the wonderful scenery of the area, which makes it that much more enjoyable for everyone. I consider Pomona to be my home track, but Sonoma is very special, too.

"Having all of our friends and family there just gives me and our DHL team more motivation to win this weekend. We are as hungry as we could possibly be to get some round wins under our belt. It's going to happen and we're all confident we can make it happen in Sonoma."

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