Mancuso Set To Defend Screamin' Eagle Title At IHRA Prolong Winter Nationals DARLINGTON, SC-- If you're a fan of IHRA/Screamin' Eagle Top Fuel Harley rider Johnny Mancuso, you only know two kinds of news -- good or bad. Such was his method of...
Mancuso Set To Defend Screamin' Eagle Title At IHRA Prolong Winter Nationals
DARLINGTON, SC-- If you're a fan of IHRA/Screamin' Eagle Top Fuel Harley rider Johnny Mancuso, you only know two kinds of news -- good or bad. Such was his method of claiming the inaugural IHRA/Screamin' Eagle World Championship. The 48-year old, popular Harley-Davidson dealer from Houston, Tx., either won the event or lost first round. It might not have been the most consistent method of winning a title, but for a reluctant Mancuso, it worked.
The Screamin' Eagle Top Fuel Harley Series featured a six-event schedule, half of which were won by the veteran rider, who began his two-wheeled racing career in 1972. He won the first two events of the 1998 season by claiming titles at the Winter Nationals (Bradenton, Fl.) and the Southern Nationals (Darlington, S.C.) and added a third one at the Prolong Super Lubricants/Ohio Lottery World Nationals (Norwalk, Ohio).
His success was not limited to the Screamin' Eagle Series as he also claimed the ADBA championship as well. Mancuso quickly found the adage "no pain, no gain" can apply to running the fuel scoots as he encountered a dangerous engine explosion during the final event of the season that sent him to the hospital with serious, internal injuries.
Mancuso knows how to card the big numbers as he posted the first 6.6 second run on the Screamin' Eagle Series with a 6.696. He also became the second driver to surpass 200 mph in the history of Top Fuel Harley-Davidson racing.
"We have two goals in 1999," confided Mancuso. "We want to be consistent and most importantly, we want to win races. I am fortunate to have new parts and pieces and a hardworking crew that turns the wrenches just the way they need to be turned to make me the best on race day."
Mancuso plans to run a 19-race schedule for 1999 and likewise plans to defend championships earned under both the IHRA/Screamin' Eagle Banner and ADBA sanction. He will begin his 1999 IHRA/Screamin' Eagle title defense at the IHRA Prolong Winter Nationals in Darlington, S.C., March 12-14 and will be part of the Media Day festivities on Thursday, March 11. Each contestant will be afforded three qualifying runs during the course of the event and the quickest eight bikes 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.