Ladwig's Chevy Cobalt Runs Quickest ET Ever In Pro FWD Category ECOtec Horsepower Drives Victories In Pro FWD/HOT ROD POMONA, Calif., Oct. 23, 2005 - Marty Ladwig and his GM Racing teammates closed out the 2005 race season with an impressive ...
Ladwig's Chevy Cobalt Runs Quickest ET Ever In Pro FWD Category
ECOtec Horsepower Drives Victories In Pro FWD/HOT ROD
POMONA, Calif., Oct. 23, 2005 - Marty Ladwig and his GM Racing teammates closed out the 2005 race season with an impressive performance at the NHRA Sport Compact World Finals at Pomona Raceway. In a barrier-breaking weekend, the ECOtec-powered Chevy Cobalt driver charged to his third NHRA Pro FWD victory of the season and the quickest elapsed time in the history of the category during the first round of Saturday qualifying. It was also Ladwig's 12th career NHRA win and his fifth overall this year. (NHRA & NDRA combined).
Ladwig's Brut Chevy Cobalt entered raceday qualified in the No. 1 position after running a track-record and a category quickest-ever elapsed time of 7.124 seconds at a speed of 189.15 mph. Ladwig received a bye in round one and posted a 7.379 e.t. at 177.51 mph. In the championship heat against Jerrold Rhodes, it was all Chevrolet as Ladwig's Cobalt charged to a winning 7.588 second run at 168.70 mph. Rhodes' Honda experienced mechanical problems and slowed to a 9.709 e.t. at 139.99 mph.
"This was a terrific performance by all the members of this GM Racing team," said Ladwig. "The qualifying run on Saturday, the performance this afternoon, the effort all year, it's tough to see the season come to an end when the Brut Chevy Cobalt is running so incredibly fast."
Even though Ladwig competed in an abridged NHRA Sport Compact schedule (seven of ten races), his on-track performance at the events he did attend was good enough for second place in the final NHRA Xplod Pro FWD standings.
In HOT ROD, 2005 NHRA Xplod champion Ron Lummus drove his ECOtec-powered Pontiac to win number six on the year. Lummus earned pole qualifying honors with a 7.821 second pass at 185.82 mph. On raceday, Lummus defeated Ricky Dela Cruz in round one running 7.766 seconds at 185.33 mph, was unopposed in round two but ran a 7.794 e.t. at 183.87 mph, and he defeated Tony Garcia in the semifinals with a 7.825 second pass at 182.55 mph. In the finals against Stephanie Eggum, Lummus' Pontiac posted a 7.807 second run at 186.00 mph. Eggum's Acura experienced mechanical difficulties and slowed to a 16.206 e.t. at 68.51 mph. Lummus completes the season with a perfect 10-for-10 in final-round appearances with four runners-up to go with his six wins.