David Baca to return, makes plans for 2005

Baca concentrates on 2005 and finding backing ENNIS, Texas (September 20, 2004) -- Due to pressing business commitments, Top Fuel driver David Baca, from Brentwood, Calif., was forced to leave the 2004 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series at Topeka.

Baca concentrates on 2005 and finding backing

ENNIS, Texas (September 20, 2004) -- Due to pressing business commitments, Top Fuel driver David Baca, from Brentwood, Calif., was forced to leave the 2004 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series at Topeka. He is back now, but this time all his thoughts are on the 2005 season.

During the self-imposed hiatus, the Baca family, including his father Dennis, a former drag racer, got together and decided to reincarnate the previous racing program, this time as a family racing operation. Thus was born the D. Baca & Family Top Fuel Dragster.

After deciding to run a limited schedule, the D. Baca & Family Dragster debuted at Seattle, followed a week later at David's home track Infineon Raceway, in Sonoma, Calif. Their schedule called for the team to enter three additional events -- Indy, Las Vegas and Pomona.

But that schedule has been amended and Dallas and Chicago have now been added. Baca explains the reasons.

"The bottom line and one reason we've added additional races is that we're not learning much sitting at home," said Baca. "We're working forward with improving our tune up, while working forward on getting ready for next year. Also, we hope the additional exposure will impress a potential company or more from corporate America and we can enter into a dialog regarding sponsorship for next year and beyond."

Baca is looking forward to returning to action at this weekend's NHRA O'Reilly Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex, near the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex.

"The Texas Motorplex is always a great place to race. The track is usually fast and if the weather cooperates you can have some record-setting elapsed times. We tested in Houston and found and corrected a number of areas that caused performance problems for us in Indy. We now feel we're back on the same page as our competitors and will move to the O'Reilly Nationals intent on winning," added Baca.

The D. Baca & Family Dragster, with David Baca at the wheel and Rick Henkelman calling the tuning shots, will begin their quest for the Top Fuel title at the Texas Motorplex when professional nitro qualifying starts on Friday (September 24) with two sessions scheduled for 4:30 and 7 p.m. Qualifying ends with two additional sessions on Saturday (September 25) at 12:30 and 3 p.m. Final eliminations for all classes get underway on Sunday (September 26) at 11 a.m. These times are subject to change and reflect Central Daylight Time (CDT).

D. Baca & Family is pleased to be associated throughout the remainder of the 2004 season with marketing support from American Racing, Champion Spark Plugs, Don Steves Chevrolet (La Habra, Calif.), Goodyear, Lucas Oil and Mac Tools.

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