Cory McClenathan Phoenix test notes

FRAM AirHog Dragster passes first test CHANDLER, Ariz. (January 30, 2005) -- The FRAM AirHog Dragster, driven by Cory McClenathan, and the Carrier Boyz Racing team, led by crew chief Todd Smith, passed their first preseason test leading up to...

FRAM AirHog Dragster passes first test

CHANDLER, Ariz. (January 30, 2005) -- The FRAM AirHog Dragster, driven by Cory McClenathan, and the Carrier Boyz Racing team, led by crew chief Todd Smith, passed their first preseason test leading up to the 2005 NHRA POWERade season by running three quarter-mile passes -- one in the 4.50s and two in the 4.60s -- at the 21st annual National Time Trials at Firebird International Raceway in Phoenix.

Replacing the traditionally-used multi-panel body with a new one-piece, carbon-fiber body car from chassis builder Brad Hadman, McClenathan clicked off runs of 4.641 seconds at 322.34 mph and 4.612 seconds at 316.08 mph before ending the day with a 4.574 second pass at 327.03 mph during today's testing. The numbers pleased both McClenathan and Smith.

"We came out here with the intention to get this brand new FRAM AirHog car and these brand new parts from A to B," said McClenathan. "We didn't necessarily want to be the quickest; we were more intent on being consistent. We made some progress and it made my birthday a lot more enjoyable."

"We started out a little slow," said Smith. "I made some changes in the clutch system over the winter and this new car works a little different. But once we made some changes, we accomplished our goals that we set for ourselves here at Phoenix. Once I got the car in the zone, it was very tunable."

The second and final test session for Carrier Boyz Racing and the FRAM AirHog Dragster before the season-opening CARQUEST Auto Parts Winternationals at Pomona Raceway in Pomona, Calif., will take place next weekend at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Looking forward to next weekend Smith added, "We're going to try to improve on our performance of this weekend. I'm going to try to run it a little harder at Vegas."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Cory McClenathan , Todd Smith