‘FUNNY CAR DRIVER’ WORSHAM ON TOP OF TOP FUEL STANDINGS – While Del Worsham may still look at himself as a Funny Car driver, he’s quickly made believers of the rest of the Top Fuel field after a victory at Gainesville and a semi-final appearance at Pomona. The strong early showing has powered him to the top of the point standings after two races. In winning Gainesville, he achieved a rare feat of defeating each of the event’s top three qualifiers. Worsham made the move from his Toyota Camry Solara Funny Car to the Al-Anabi Racing Toyota dragster this season after spending the majority of his 20-year NHRA career in Funny Car competition, although, he did compete in 22 Top Fuel races between 1993 and 1995.
Del Worsham: “I’m still a rookie at this point basically (in a Top Fuel car). It’s almost surreal. I don’t have the comfort level yet that I have in a Funny Car and that’s probably going to take a little while.”
PEDREGON CONTINUES TO BE ON THE RISE - After a roller-coaster ride over the past three seasons, Cruz Pedregon has given early indicators that he could contend for a third Funny Car championship in 2011. Pedregon was the fastest qualifier in the season-opener at Pomona and then advanced to the finals at Gainesville in the season’s first two events. He’s currently fourth in points. Pedregon won the 2008 Funny Car championship, then missed the playoffs the past two seasons, but ended the 2010 campaign on a terror, winning two of the six Countdown events. He’s now qualified in the top six in 12 consecutive events – 10 more than the next current highest streak in the Funny Car ranks.
TOYOTA TOP-FUELERS STREAKING – With victories by Morgan Lucas and Del Worsham to open the 2011 season, Toyota-sponsored Top Fuel drivers have now won three consecutive events and 14 of the last 21 races debating back to last season. Four different drivers have contributed victories during that stretch with Larry Dixon and Antron Brown winning in addition to Lucas and Worsham. Shawn Langdon rounds out the Toyota contingent and he’s fallen just short of victory – having reached the finals in three of the last six events. Each of the five Toyota-sponsored drivers currently rank in the top six in points.
TOYOTA TEAMS TO CARRY RED CROSS DECALS TO PROMOTE DISASTER RELIEF – Each of the Toyota-sponsored teams will carry an American Red Cross emblem at this week’s SummitRacing.com NHRA event to promote ‘Japan Disaster Relief’ and the American Red Cross. Toyota is committed to doing everything it can to support the relief and recovery efforts in Japan and has already contributed about $3.75 million to the effort. In addition, Toyota operations in the U.S. are matching dollar-for-dollar donations made by company employees through the America Red Cross.
-source: toyota motorsports