Tommy Mauney - 2001 season preview

SPARTANBURG, SC - After a half-year of testing complete, two-time IHRA World Champion Tommy Mauney is ready to get down to business in Roy Singleton's Majesty Group-sponsored Willys. One might think that a half season of testing is overkill, but...

SPARTANBURG, SC - After a half-year of testing complete, two-time IHRA World Champion Tommy Mauney is ready to get down to business in Roy Singleton's Majesty Group-sponsored Willys. One might think that a half season of testing is overkill, but that was not the case with the Shelby, NC.-based chassis-builder. Mauney shocked the world last season with his announcement that he was abandoning his tried and true nitrous combination in favor of a supercharged one.

With his 2001 testing campaign slated to begin next week in Darlington, the 48-year old drag racing veteran is exactly where he wants to be.

"We plan to have a good season," explained Mauney. "I think we have a strong car and a strong team. Last year was just a trial and error thing for us because we honestly were entering into the whole thing in the dark. I think we have a good handle on it for this season."

Testing last season has prepared Mauney and the team for what they feel will be a record setting upcoming season for the Majesty team.

Several media organizations have noticed the labor-intensive advancement of the Mauney and Singleton combination and their new supercharger approach. Mauney dipped into the 6.20's several times during the rule-changing season of 2000. Last year at Budds Creek, MD., Mauney went from the thirty-first position and blasted into the second position in one fell swoop with a 6.28/223 lap. That moment proved that it was and still is possible. IHRA.com even commented appropriately that, "Mauney went from the outhouse to the penthouse."

Others have noticed the great strides the team is making. One such instance is that CompetitionPlus.com has the team forecast to be at the top of the championship points chase at the conclusion of the season. The popular e-zine has Mauney at 2-to-1 odds to win the crown in 2001. Mauney is quick to point out that it is both an honor and a compliment. He hopes not to let the amateur prognosticators down.

If a championship is built on a solid foundation, then Mauney certainly has strong footing with team owner Singleton. Singleton is very committed to winning the 2001 season. He has reassured Mauney, that he is willing to do what ever takes to have a successful season.

Mauney and Singleton will make their debut testing at the Majesty Group Groundhog Warm-up presented by 1320 Web Services this weekend in Darlington, SC. The duo will make the trek to Virginia Motorsports Park March 8 through 11, for the CompetitionPlus.com Spring Open.

-DeeAnna Hall/Harley Communications

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