Gardella Records 11th Consecutive Win of Season at West Palm 2005 NOPI Champ Continues His Winning Ways WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., September 25, 2005 - Although Gary Gardella has already clinched the 2005 NOPI Pro 4 Cylinder title, the Chevy ...
Gardella Records 11th Consecutive Win of Season at West Palm 2005 NOPI Champ Continues His Winning Ways
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., September 25, 2005 - Although Gary Gardella has already clinched the 2005 NOPI Pro 4 Cylinder title, the Chevy Cobalt driver still doesn't mind taking that path to the winner's circle. Gardella drove his Ecko Unlimited/Hot Hues Chevrolet Cobalt to his eighth NOPI Pro 4 Cylinder win of the season at today's second annual NOPI South Florida Nationals at Moroso Motorsports Park. Adding his three wins from competition in the NHRA HOT ROD category, the 26-year-old New Jersey native has now won 11 consecutive races in 13 final-round appearances this season.
"Winning races it what it's all about," said Gardella, "and the guys on my team have just done an awesome job all season long. They've taken a new car and made it fast and consistent almost from the start, and combined with the hard R&D work put in by the GM Racing engineers, we've had a strong performer from the beginning. The combination of the ECOtec engine and Hydra-Matic transmission has been reliable beyond belief and proven to be a real winner. I'm just glad to be a part of it."
Gardella entered the Sunday eliminator with his ECOtec-powered Cobalt qualified in the No. 1 position after running 8.056 seconds at 173.77 mph. Displaying the consistency in performance he has exhibited all season long, Gardella got quicker with each qualifying run with elapsed times of 8.210, 8.143 and 8.056 seconds to post his 10th No. 1 qualifier of the season.
In the finals, Gardella's Chevy Cobalt bested the Dodge Charger of Stephane Beauregard with an elapsed time of 8.033 seconds at 173.21 mph to Beauregard's 8.804 e.t. and 159.88 mph. Gardella returns to his home state to compete in this weekend's fourth annual NHRA Sport Compact Fallnationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., on Oct. 1-2.
In Pro Outlaw FWD, Jason Hunt qualified No. 1 and then drove his Pontiac Sunfire past Stephanie Eggum's Honda in the finals with an elapsed time of 8.407 seconds at 168.44 mph to better Eggum's 11.994 e.t. at 73.61 mph.
The next stop on the NDRA racing circuit is the NOPI Tampa Nationals at Bradenton (Fla.) Motorsports Park on Oct. 8-9.