Castellana Hopes For First Career IHRA National Event Victory At The IHRA Prolong Winter Nationals DARLINGTON, SC --- At one time, one Pro Modified racer suggested that Mike Castellana should run for the presidency of the United States.
Castellana Hopes For First Career IHRA National Event Victory At The IHRA Prolong Winter Nationals
DARLINGTON, SC --- At one time, one Pro Modified racer suggested that Mike Castellana should run for the presidency of the United States. However, the soft-spoken veteran driver from Westbury, N.Y., would just as soon settle for a world championship crown. He has a very good chance of achieving the championship feat based on pre-season testing.
"Everybody wants to win the Prolong Winter Nationals," explained Castellana. "We have traditionally fared well in this race. Besides, the racing surface has treated us well over the years. I truly believe that it was this racing facility that enabled us to come into our own several years ago."
The last time that Castellana was at Darlington International Dragway, he enjoyed positive results. He carried two Pro Modified entries to the Majesty Homes Groundhog Warm-up event, his trusty 1963 Corvette and a brand new 1957 Chevy. Castellana's first full pass on the new black and silver shoebox was nothing less than stunning. The Western Beef sponsored entry scored a 6.53 at 208 mph despite driving through the clutch for the full quarter-mile. It wasn't far off of his trusty 1963 Corvette's best mark, which was a 6.528 at 212.11 mph and served as the fourth quickest lap of the Groundhog Warm-up testing portion. This provides heaping amounts of motivation for the national event season opener.
He has yet to decide which car he will pilot in competition for the IHRA Prolong Winter Nationals. The supermarket chain owner admits that this will be a gameday decision.
Castellana plans to open his championship conquest at the IHRA Prolong Winter Nationals in Darlington, S.C., March 12-14. Castellana, along with each Pro Modified contestant, will be afforded four qualifying runs during the course of the event and the quickest sixteen entries will compete in final eliminations on Sunday. This event will be televised on ESPN2 with the dates TBA in an upcoming issue of the IHRA's Drag Review magazine.