After a Tough Start, WJ's Crew Receives Invaluable Assistance in Getting to Englishtown Warren Johnson and the GM Performance Parts GXP crew had an extra degree of difficulty added to their effort at this weekend's Lucas Oil NHRA Supernationals...
After a Tough Start, WJ's Crew Receives Invaluable Assistance in Getting to Englishtown
Warren Johnson and the GM Performance Parts GXP crew had an extra degree of difficulty added to their effort at this weekend's Lucas Oil NHRA Supernationals on Thursday, as the team transporter experienced mechanical difficulties en route to the Englishtown, NJ track.
With their tractor unable to move after suffering engine problems in Winchester, VA, the two-man crew of Adam Drzayich and Bobby Wunderlich scrambled to find an alternative way to get their trailer to the Garden State, receiving welcome assistance from their teammates Justin Belfance and Jarrett Hadorn on the ACDelco Cobalt crew, as well as fellow competitor Justin Humphreys.
First, a dealer was located and arrangements were made to have the truck towed. At the same time, the ACDelco crew doubled back to help their teammates, transferring WJ's GM Performance Parts GXP to their trailer in case the other unit could not make it to the track.
Fortunately, Humphreys was able to secure a loaner unit from a friend in Maryland, and while part of the team remained in Virginia to oversee the tow, two other crew members headed north in order to pick up the borrowed truck and drive it back to the stranded trailer. After a long and trying day, the two teams pulled into Old Bridge Township Raceway Park at 4:30 a.m. on Friday.
Finally, a rented generator was dropped off at the team's pit area on Friday, allowing them to get power to their trailer, and function somewhat normally, with The Professor quick to praise both crews for their tremendous efforts, as well as thanking Humphreys for his invaluable assistance.
"I guess you could say our teams gained some valuable experience in surviving on the road. Give the hand they were dealt, everyone did a tremendous job of recovering from it and getting the equipment here. I couldn't ask for any more than that, and want to thank both the ACDelco and GM Performance Parts teams for pitching in and getting the job done.
"I also want to acknowledge the invaluable assistance provided by Justin Humphreys. He not only found us a truck to use while ours gets repaired, but also helped line up a generator. As the saying goes, a friend in need is a friend indeed, and Justin went above and beyond. He and his team deserve a very big thank you for helping to get us here. If we can be successful here this weekend, it would be even better."
Incidentally, the news did not improve on Friday afternoon, however, as news came from the repair shop that the truck's diesel engine had spun the main bearing, incurring an estimated $18,000 repair which is apparently not covered by the manufacturer's warranty.