CLERMONT, Ind. (Aug. 24, 2004) - Skoal RacingSM Funny Car drivers Ron Capps and Tommy Johnson Jr. were back at work Tuesday just two days after competing at Memphis Motorsports Park, testing their Don Prudhomme-owned Chevy Monte Carlo Funny Cars...
CLERMONT, Ind. (Aug. 24, 2004) - Skoal RacingSM Funny Car drivers Ron Capps and Tommy Johnson Jr. were back at work Tuesday just two days after competing at Memphis Motorsports Park, testing their Don Prudhomme-owned Chevy Monte Carlo Funny Cars for the upcoming U.S. Nationals, Sept. 1-6 at Indianapolis Raceway Park.
Ron Capps and his green Skoal Racing crew used the test session at Indianapolis Raceway Park to work on the performance of Chevy Funny Car for next weekend's prestigious U.S. Nationals, while also working on a cool weather tune-up for later in the season when they will race at ultra-quick tracks like Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa. and the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas.
"The race crews are trying to find new ways to make power," Capps said. "We're going to come to tracks after Indy where we face cool conditions, which the engines like. The tracks will be cooler, but they'll also be stout race tracks. Tracks like Reading, Chicago and Dallas will present some fast scenarios and we need to be prepared for that.
"The test session is open until 9 p.m. and we've got two night qualifying sessions at Indy. So, I think most of the cars will work on cool-weather setups at night. Unfortunately, we didn't get to make a run at night because of the rain, hopefully it will stay dry on Wednesday."
While Capps and tuner Roland Leong focused on later in the season, Johnson and crew chief Mike Green continued to work on a hot-weather tune-up, which is likely what the race crews will face next weekend during the Nationals. Johnson recorded three runs on Tuesday with his second pass of 5.025 seconds being is quickest run of the day. Neither of the Skoal Racing drivers made a full quarter mile run.
"We worked on a hot race track tune-up," Johnson said. "We struggled when it gets hot out, so we worked on being able to get the car down the track in hot weather. We got a nice tune-up now and when we need to go down a hot racetrack, we can put this tune-up in the car and it will go down the track. We didn't yield big numbers, but we weren't trying to go fast today. It was a positive day for our crew."
The Skoal Racing crews will resume testing at I.R.P. on Tuesday morning with the game plan being to make three or four additional passes on Wednesday.