DAY AND CLEANBOOST TEAM TO MAKE FIRST PROFESSIONAL NHRA START Denver, Colo. - James Day, the 32-year old driver of John Lindsay's CleanBoostOil.com Nitro Funny Car will make his NHRA professional debut when he battles the defending NHRA Full ...
DAY AND CLEANBOOST TEAM TO MAKE FIRST PROFESSIONAL NHRA START
Denver, Colo. - James Day, the 32-year old driver of John Lindsay's CleanBoostOil.com Nitro Funny Car will make his NHRA professional debut when he battles the defending NHRA Full Throttle Series Funny Car champion Robert Hight in the first round of the MOPAR Mile High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo.
After spending the entire first day of qualifying trying to diagnose a mechanical gremlin in the fuel system of the Lindsay Racing nitro flopper on Friday, the CleanBoostoil.com Funny Car team was ready to hit the NHRA 1000' race track for the first time since the 2009 NHRA World Finals in Pomona, Calif. The result was a planned 400' shake down pass which netted a solid 5.228 second elapsed time, placing Day solidly in the 16-car field in the lucky number 13 spot. The fact the Mission Viejo, Calif. based driver was able to make the third qualifying session was due only to the selfless assistance of three other Fuel category teams.
"When we fired up our CleanBoostoil.com Monte Carlo Funny Car on Friday morning, our car had a significant fuel system problem, as the entire left hand side of the car was very lean, belching out flames and just sounded sick," noted Day, who has driven in the NHRA Heritage Series Nostalgia Top Fuel and Funny Car divisions in 2010. "After changing everything we possibly could, and attempting to fire up the car 8 times, we were in left field. It was at this time, Dale Creasy Jr. and Jeff Diehl came over to our pit to give us a third party eye and helped us diagnose the problem. We were all here till 1am in the morning, and when we lit that bad boy up and it hit on all 8 cylinders, we all exhaled a sigh of relief.
"I can't begin to thank them all enough for offering to help us out," Day continued. "It shows once again the spirit of our sport and how we are all one big family out here. "Peanut" Creasy and "The Surfer" Diehl stayed with us until the wee hours of the morning. It was a great feeling, and we would not be out here and qualified in this field without their assistance. I am so thankful to John Lindsay and CleanBoost® PERFORMANCE MOTOR OIL for helping me to accomplish my dream of racing in the NHRA Full Throttle Series. We are going to rock it tomorrow."
Day will match up against the reigning NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car champion; Robert Hight from Yorba Linda, Calif. The CleanBoostOil.com team would love nothing more than to give Day his first round win against the juggernaut at JFR.
"It's Funny Car racing in Denver, which if we go out there and run our game and he makes a mistake we may actually take a round win," Day concluded. "We know the odds are against us, but it will make one heck of a story if we can pull it off. Either way, we are honored to be racing tomorrow for CleanBoost, Impact Racing, Justice Brothers and all of our friends and family who have supported us."
-source: james day PR