Gary Densham Las Vegas test preview

Densham on the clock for season opener Gary Densham goes to Las Vegas to test new car, team LAS VEGAS -- If you have ever met Gary Densham you know his response to the simplest of questions. Ask him how he's doing at the race track and you know...

Densham on the clock for season opener
Gary Densham goes to Las Vegas to test new car, team

LAS VEGAS -- If you have ever met Gary Densham you know his response to the simplest of questions. Ask him how he's doing at the race track and you know what's coming: "Any day at the race track is a great day," he always says with a smile.

Densham may be hustling to get ready for the 2005 NHRA POWERade season, but he's still smiling. After spending the last four seasons under the John Force Racing umbrella, the long-time veteran is striking out on his own again, ready to add to his eight career Funny Car victories.

Before the season opens at Pomona (Calif.) for the 45th annual CARQUEST Winternationals, Feb. 10-13, Densham is going to spend the weekend testing the new Racebricks Auto Club Chevy Monte Carlo. Densham and the crew will be at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Feb. 4-6, for the Last Chance Test Session.

"We're not only testing the race car, but we have to train the crew guys," Densham said. "This whole program has come together nicely, but a little later than I would have liked. The good news is that we have a great core of people and it shouldn't take too long to train everyone to work together smoothly."

This is the third weekend of official test dates prior to the season opener. While Densham would certainly have liked to been at the previous two, he's happy with the location.

"We get to go to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, one of the premier race tracks on the NHRA schedule," Densham said. "We race there twice each season and they always give us a great surface to race on whether we're testing or racing for points. We should learn a lot this weekend, on and off the track.

"Plus, and this is important, I'm looking forward to being in Las Vegas because I really think Megabucks is going to pay off this time."

With more than 30 years of teaching experience and more than two decades invested in racing, Densham knows what it is going to take to compete in the ultra-competitive Funny Car category. That's why he won't guarantee anything -- yet.

"We would be in a better position if we were able to test a little more before the season started, but I'm still optimistic that we will have the team ready to go before Pomona," Densham said. "We're going to put our best foot forward and in this category, that's not going to automatically give us a qualifying spot. I want to see this Racebricks Auto Club Monte Carlo in the field on Sunday. That would make me very happy. Then we can go from there."

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Series NHRA
Drivers John Force , Gary Densham