McMillen Wins the Battle, but Loses the War in Canada GRAND BEND, Ont. - Terry McMillen will attest that winning a round of IHRA Funny Car competition is a tough proposition. However, he will quickly point out that sometimes victory comes with a...
McMillen Wins the Battle, but Loses the War in Canada
GRAND BEND, Ont. - Terry McMillen will attest that winning a round of IHRA Funny Car competition is a tough proposition. However, he will quickly point out that sometimes victory comes with a price.
After defeating Paul Noakes in the first round, the 47-year old, electrical engineer from Elkhart, Ind., was forced to withdraw with irreparable engine damage.
"It was a great run, the car pulled the wheels up and it was on a good pass," explained McMillen. "It was going fine until we got to the finish line area and it started bouncing, and it forced the rpms up and hurt the motor. We'll get it fixed and we will be in Cordova."
He added, "This is a difficult part of the sport to deal with where sometimes you win and you actually lose. My crew works so hard and all of the team as well as our marketing partners Vintage Trailers and Amalie Oil. I can't do it all alone and when things like this happens, I feel as if I've let them down. We all did our job. Parts just let us down."
The 2001 season continues an impressive trend for McMillen. In qualifying, McMillen made great strides in the Funny Car division. The Elkhart, Ind.-based driver pushed his flopper to a 6.285, 202.56. He ended the day in the fifth position.
He then stepped up in his first shot during the second day with a 6.165, 225.79. He entered the final session as the seventh quickest entry. McMillen came to the line ready to do the best in his final attempt. He improved on his third run with a 6.145, 231.42.
In his first round match against Noakes, McMillen scored the automatic victory when his opponent fouled. McMillen was declared the winner with a 6.095, 229.94.