Ferderer puts Pennzoil on top of the World NORWALK, Ohio -- The largest field in the history of the International Hot Rod Association battled for the title of the circuit's most prestigious race Sunday afternoon as the World Nationals ...
Ferderer puts Pennzoil on top of the World
NORWALK, Ohio -- The largest field in the history of the International Hot Rod Association battled for the title of the circuit's most prestigious race Sunday afternoon as the World Nationals concluded before a packed house at Norwalk Raceway Park. At day's end, the 900-plus drivers in attendance helped Team Pennzoil sportsman standout Mike Ferderer paint the Winner's Circle Pennzoil yellow as he accepted the crown of the ultra-competitive Super Rod bracket.
"I did a lot of driving today and I'm darn tired," said Ferderer, who needed to survive seven rounds of elimination racing to take the victory. "But I'll take this kind of tired any day. Winning the IHRA's biggest race is pretty cool. I really have to give a lot of credit to the fans here. They were unbelievable, screaming and shouting every round. They really carried me through at the end."
Ferderer started the day as just one of 126 drivers vying for the title of the Super Rod (a.k.a. Super Gas) division in his powerful Pennzoil Pontiac. He also was competing in the Quick Rod (a.k.a. Super Comp) class in the eye-catching Gumout Dragster, where he reached the quarterfinal round. "It's nice to know that you can go the distance," Ferderer said. "When the day starts and you're just one of a giant group of drivers, you really don't even think about winning. You just try to be consistent and see how long you can stay alive. I guess I survived a long time today."
Prior to the World Nationals, Ferderer received some help from legendary Pro Stock champion Warren Johnson. "Warren is a great friend and he told me to try some new chassis parts," Ferderer said. "Evidently, the changes he suggested worked and I'm glad. I don't foresee me making any changes before Indy. Both cars are running great."
A three-time world champion, Ferderer is one of the favorites in both the Super Gas and the Super Comp brackets at the National Hot Rod Association's U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, which start Thursday. Ferderer currently holds down the No. 8 spot in the national Super Gas rankings and the 31st position in the Super Comp standings. "I must admit, I'm feeling pretty good about our chances right now," Ferderer said.