JOHNSON JR. AIMS TO CONTINUE STRONG PERFORMANCE OF SKOAL RACING FLOPPER AT GAINESVILLE GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 13, 2006) -- Spirits have been soaring sky-high around Don Prudhomme Racing's Brownsburg, Ind. race shop. Coming off his seventh...
JOHNSON JR. AIMS TO CONTINUE STRONG PERFORMANCE OF SKOAL RACING FLOPPER AT GAINESVILLE
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 13, 2006) -- Spirits have been soaring sky-high around Don Prudhomme Racing's Brownsburg, Ind. race shop. Coming off his seventh career NHRA victory (Phoenix) and a solid qualifying outing at the 2006 season-opener (Pomona, Calif.), veteran Funny Car racer Tommy Johnson Jr. couldn't be more thrilled as his Skoal RacingSM team enters the third race of the 2006 NHRA season.
Sitting third in the POWERade Funny Car standings, less than one round of competition from the coveted top spot, Johnson and Co. look to continue to make noise on race day as drag racing's premier series makes its annual trip to the Sunshine State for the 37th running of the prestigious ACDelco Gatornationals, March 16-19, at Gainesville Raceway.
On the way to the storied Florida quarter mile, the Skoal Racing team will make a pit stop at South Georgia Motorsports Park in Valdosta, Ga. to test the 2420 Goodyear tire, which is mandatory for all nitro teams beginning with the Gainesville event. Johnson's flopper had been fitted with the 1430 Goodyear tire at the season's first two races where he posted the second quickest pass of his career (4.710 seconds), along with capturing the win at the Phoenix race.
"We're going to try and be as prepared as possible heading into Gainesville," Johnson said. "We've tested the tire during the preseason and after Phoenix, and we've spent the past few days testing at Valdosta (Ga.) before Gainesville. We want to keep our momentum going. The car is really competitive and running well and I don't want to lose that. We wanted to test as much as we could to keep the streak going and hopefully climb higher in the points standings."
The 2420 is sure to play a major role at the Gatornationals with most experts not sure what to expect when the 8,000 horsepower nitromethane monsters pound the 1,320-feet of Gainesville Raceway pavement. Still, entering a race coming off a victory not only provides a little extra confidence, but also a wave of positive momentum that can't be accounted for.
"Any time you can go to the next race after winning is definitely a confidence booster," Johnson said. "You hope to ride that momentum and keep winning. You'd like to think, when you're on a roll, that things will continue to go that way. We've got a strong car and team, so there's no reason we shouldn't pick up right where we left off and run strong at Gainesville."