Denver: James Day final report

DAY'S NHRA DEBUT A FULL CIRCLE SUCCESS IN DENVER Morrison, Colo. - NHRA Funny Car driver James Day waited several years to compete on the big stage of the premier drag racing sanctioning body. And the experience he and the CleanBoost...

DAY'S NHRA DEBUT A FULL CIRCLE SUCCESS IN DENVER

Morrison, Colo. - NHRA Funny Car driver James Day waited several years to compete on the big stage of the premier drag racing sanctioning body. And the experience he and the CleanBoost Performance Motor Oil Funny Car team of John Lindsay Racing had during the 31st running of the MOPAR Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Morrison, Colo. was nothing short of inspirational.

Day qualified the Lindsay Racing Monte Carlo in the number 13th position and met up against reigning NHRA Funny Car World Champion Robert Hight, the driver of the John Force Racing AAA Ford Mustang in the first round of eliminations. At the flash of the green light, both drivers left side-by-side, both peddled their throttles to maintain traction about 150 feet into the run, but Hight's Ford regained traction sooner and his team prevailed, while Day's CleanBoostoil.com Funny Car overpowered the Bandimere Speedway all-concrete race track and slowed to mid-six second tire smoking elapsed time.

As the drivers reached the shut down area, a jubilant Hight jumped out of his mount and spoke with NHRA announcer Alan Reinhart. Instead of thanking his sponsors, his team owner or his crew, Hight showed his class and character when he spoke from his heart over the track's PA system. "I am so proud of James Day today," noted the defending World Champion Hight. "When I saw him being introduced to the crowd today and the passion in his eyes before we raced, it reminded me of when I came into this sport as a driver in 2005. We've both worked our way up from crew members to drivers and it was an honor to race him today. Seeing James race today made me again realize how fun this sport can be."

Hight also echoed these sediments on ESPN 2 after his team captured the event championship after beating his father-in-law and car owner John Force for the first time in final round competition. However, he was not the only one inspired by the efforts of the second generation driver from Mission Viejo, Calif.

"We are honored to have been a part of helping James Day accomplish his lifelong dream of racing professionally in the NHRA and he and the team made us very proud," noted Don Poscente, the Managing Director of Combustion Technologies Inc., the original manufactures of CleanBoost® products. "I have been introduced to the excitement of this sport this season and like James this event was our professional debut in NHRA Drag Racing.

We are very pleased with how well he represented our company and our products. And we hope to build on this partnership with James into the future."

Day works as an electrician during the week and is regarded as one of the more diverse drivers in NHRA today. To date in 2010, James has driven two-NHRA Heritage Series Nitro Nostalgia Funny Cars, has driven a Nostalgia Top Fuel Dragster and the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Nitro Funny Car of John Lindsay. He has worked his way into the driver's seat after crewing for several top-flight professional drag racing teams.

"I am very grateful for the support of Jason Lehr with CRX Media this weekend. It was also cool to meet Danny Gruninger on Thursday night and have Kalifornia Katie Sullivan hanging out with us this weekend. The car looked awesome in the CleanBoost colors provided by Fineline Graphics. Our team looked sharp in the Impact Racing uniforms. And of course, none of this would be possible without the confidence of John Lindsay and my wife Samantha. I am one lucky guy."

-source: james day PR

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NHRA
Drivers John Force , Robert Hight , James Day , Katie Sullivan , Danny Gruninger