BECKMAN BUMPED OUT IN OPENING ROUND AT GATORS GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 14, 2010) - As the No. 10 Funny Car qualifier for the 41st annual NHRA Gatornationals, Jack Beckman did not have lane choice for the opening round of eliminations today. He...
BECKMAN BUMPED OUT IN OPENING ROUND AT GATORS
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 14, 2010) - As the No. 10 Funny Car qualifier for the 41st annual NHRA Gatornationals, Jack Beckman did not have lane choice for the opening round of eliminations today. He also faced defending event champion Bob Tasca III in that round, the No. 7 qualifier.
With those two strikes against him and the Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Charger team before he even took off at the starting line, Beckman knew he had a challenge ahead of him. He nailed the Christmas Tree with a quicker reaction time of .081 (.000 is perfect) to Tasca's .098, but soon struck the tires, which slowed him to a 6.672-second lap at 94.77 mph to Tasca's winning 4.139/308.57.
"Now I have to walk the walk," said Beckman, who fell from second only to third in the point standings. "I've been saying that, with this Valvoline/MTS team, we've got the attitude and we've got the chemistry and I think everybody can be a good winner. I think the mark of the team that's going to win this deal this year is the one that can lose and keep the right attitude and go into the next race and do well again.
"It's just a danger, with a nitro fuel tank, that you're going to get popped first round a few times a year. It's not that we necessarily expected it, and it's not that we ever think it's going to happen to us at any race, but it's going to happen and the fact that we didn't have lane choice probably didn't help much.
"We've got to pick up the pieces, look at the data and collaborate with the other Don Schumacher Racing Funny Car crew chiefs and figure out what we have to do to speed this thing up and keep it consistent and qualify better."
Next up for the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series is the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Concord, N.C., March 25-28.
"The next race is going to be an odd one," Beckman added. "It's a four-wide, three-ring-circus type of environment. We might as well just go on and win that one and get back to the regular races. That's it.
"I think if you look at the guys on the team, everyone is disappointed. Nobody likes to lose and that's not why we come racing with these sponsors and Don Schumacher Racing. But, if we drag our feet, keep our heads down over this, it's going to affect us at the next race. We're just going to move on, and we're going to be fine."