Denver: Gary Densham preview

Racebricks team continues its upward trend BELLFLOWER, Calif. (July 11, 2005) -- Coming off his best performance of the year, Racebricks Funny Car driver Gary Densham is hoping the three-week summer break in the NHRA schedule hasn't slowed the...

Racebricks team continues its upward trend

BELLFLOWER, Calif. (July 11, 2005) -- Coming off his best performance of the year, Racebricks Funny Car driver Gary Densham is hoping the three-week summer break in the NHRA schedule hasn't slowed the momentum his team gained at the last stop on the tour -- the June 26th event at Gateway International Raceway.

Densham arrives this week at Bandimere Speedway for the 26th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals after a great semifinal showing under the famous St. Louis Arch. The veteran of four decades of quarter-mile racing blasted by frontrunners Eric Medlen and Cruz Pedregon, a former series champion, to come within six-hundredths of a second of reaching his first final round of the year before bowing to Tim Wilkerson by mere inches.

"It was good for us to go rounds," Densham said. "We have a young group here and the first half of the season we've been on a real learning curve so to go into the summer break after a big race like St. Louis was fantastic. I'm really happy for my crew."

A former auto shop teacher at Gahr High School in Bellflower, Calif., Densham has leaned on his years of tutoring experience this season as he continues to rebuild his own race team after four seasons with the powerful John Force Racing camp. Starting with virtually nothing in the off-season, Densham has assembled a solid core group of crew people and the financial backing of Racebricks, Torco Race Fuels, and the Auto Club to put a competitive racecar on the track. He now feels that six grueling months of hard work by everyone involved is finally starting to pay off.

"We might have some inexperience on this crew but we don't lack enthusiasm," said Densham, an eight-time national event winner. "Everyone works their butts off and it's starting to show on the racetrack. The key to winning in drag racing is consistency. Now our crew knows what to be consistent at so we're all pulling in the same direction. They all know their jobs inside and out now."

The three most experienced members of the team, Densham, crew chief Greg Amaral, and consultant Rob Flynn, are the brains behind the brawn. They know they've got their hands full this weekend in Denver's thin air.

"I ran independently for years but after my time with Force so much has changed that we're building our database from the ground up once again," Densham said. "Five-year-old information won't do us any good because the technology has changed a lot. Denver is tricky because you're at altitude but all the teams have to deal with the same conditions."

"Our main goal is to build on St. Louis. If we can continue to narrow this tuning window and get the car down the track every time then the breaks will start to come our way. The Western Swing is a lot of fun, but it's a lot more fun when you're running well."

-racebricks

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Series NHRA
Drivers John Force , Gary Densham , Cruz Pedregon , Tim Wilkerson , Eric Medlen