JOHNSON JR. HOPES AN OLD FRIEND CAN HELP RIGHT THE SHIP AT COLUMBUS HEBRON, Ohio (May 15, 2006) -- When all else fails, go with what works. What worked for Tommy Johnson Jr. and his Skoal RacingSM Funny Car team is the chassis that he drove to a...
JOHNSON JR. HOPES AN OLD FRIEND CAN HELP RIGHT THE SHIP AT COLUMBUS
HEBRON, Ohio (May 15, 2006) -- When all else fails, go with what works. What worked for Tommy Johnson Jr. and his Skoal RacingSM Funny Car team is the chassis that he drove to a career-best 4.698-second elapsed time! last fall, along with a personal-best finish in the Funny Car standings during the 2005 NHRA season.
"It instantly brings my confidence level back up knowing there was something wrong with the chassis and that we're going back to a proven race car which we finished the season with last year," Johnson said. "I think the chassis is something that could have been plaguing us for a few races now. I'm hoping this gets our team back on track. I think the car will run well right off the bat."
After battling handling issues at the past few events, Johnson's veteran crew chief Mike Green felt it would behoove the team to swap chassis in order to benefit the performance of the Skoal Racing team. As a result, after the team returned to its Indianapolis-area race shop last week, the Skoal Racing crew spent hours changing parts and pieces to last season's chassis as the team gears up for a strong run when the NHRA POWERade Series rolls into historic National Trail Raceway near Columbus, Ohio for the 42nd annual Pontiac Performance Nationals, May 18-21.
"I've had better success at Columbus than at Atlanta and it's always been a good event for many years, so we're definitely looking forward to going to Columbus," Johnson said. "Columbus is actually the first race I ever competed in a Funny Car back in 1999, and I won there in (Top) Alcohol Funny Car too, so I like the place."
Johnson hasn't been shy about admitting his abhorrence towards the Commerce, Ga. event, so visiting any track that doesn't say Atlanta Dragway on it is positive news for T.J. It's even better news when the next event is at the track where he scored his first career victory -- Top Alcohol Funny Car 1987. Consequently, National Trail Raceway is somewhat special to the Iowa native, and if his new, but old chassis works as expected, "Trails" could instantly become one of his favorite tracks on tour.