HIGHT LOOKING TO MOVE UP IN ST LOUIS ST LOUIS (April 29, 2008) --- In Atlanta Robert Hight and his Auto Club Ford Mustang were the quickest of the pack amongst the John Force team Mustangs. A decision to change lanes in the first round derailed...
HIGHT LOOKING TO MOVE UP IN ST LOUIS
ST LOUIS (April 29, 2008) --- In Atlanta Robert Hight and his Auto Club Ford Mustang were the quickest of the pack amongst the John Force team Mustangs. A decision to change lanes in the first round derailed his bid to reach his fourth consecutive final round at the Southern Nationals as the Auto Club Ford Mustang went up in smoke versus Ron Capps.
Hight has qualified well at the O'Reilly Midwest NHRA Nationals presented by Castrol. He has never started lower than the No. 3 qualifying position and included in that number is a No. 1 start he grabbed at the 2006 event.
Unfortunately he has never advanced to the semis at Gateway International Raceway. That is a trend he is looking to correct this weekend.
"I've qualified really well there but I haven't gone a lot of rounds. I am looking forward to winning it," said the 2005 NHRA Rookie of the Year.
Hight and crew chief Jimmy Prock have been tweaking their Mustang since Houston and most recently at Atlanta they moved 32 pounds from the front to the rear of their fuel coupe. The move added more weight to the rear tires which should help create more traction to overcome come consistently inconsistent track conditions. This move combined with positive atmospheric conditions around the track has the former crewman turned driver excited.
"If we get this Mustang running like we know it can and we get good conditions like the forecast shows. It is supposed to be cool, like in the 60s. We can thunder if the track is really awesome," said the driver who opened the season with back-to-back final round appearances. "I am looking forward to getting to St. Louis. They have resurfaced that facility as well. I bet it is going to be good."
Robert knows that racing and winning is important but a recent trip to the world famous Army Marksmanship Unit at Ft. Benning prior to the Southern Nationals put a lot of things in perspective for the season. Robert was on track to be a world class marksman himself before he decided to commit himself to his career in motor sports.
"We got the chance to visit with soldiers who were about to deploy to Iraq. I talked with one man who was going to be away from his family for fifteen months. He has two small kids and for him to make that sacrifice is pretty impressive," said the father of Autumn, 14-time champion John Force's only grand child. "We are away from our families for a lot of weekends when we got to the races but there are still times when we can bring our family. I was very proud to be able to represent our sponsors like Auto Club, Ford, Castrol, BrandSource, and say 'Thank you.' to those brave men and women."
Improved performance from his Mustang and an improved perspective on what is important will be the main focus for Hight and his championship caliber team this weekend.