An Optimistic Anderson Looks to Start a "Normal" Year in Pomona
Mooresville, N.C., February 22, 2010 -- In 2010, Greg Anderson and the Summit Racing team overcame a series of off- and on-track challenges to win the NHRA Pro Stock championship in dramatic fashion. Ironically, their title defense got off to a rough start as the team's transporter caught fire two days after the end of the season, consuming all of the contents including their championship-winning Pontiac.
Although this certainly added an extra degree of difficulty to their 2011 preparations, Anderson has taken the events in stride, crediting the experience with giving him a new approach. Heading into this weekend's season-opening Winternationals in Pomona, CA, the four-time champion is looking for a less eventful, albeit equally successful year.
"I consider everything this team has gone through over the last year as a wake-up call," said Anderson. "Personally, I've been reminded of what is truly important in life, and believe that going through this experience has made me a better man. As far as my Summit Racing team is concerned, they took some pretty serious blows to the chin and never gave up, doing everything they could to make sure we brought the championship home. I could not be prouder of them.
"But having put 2010 squarely in our rear view, I'd just like things to be a little quieter this year. So far, everything has gone pretty smoothly, so we're cautiously optimistic heading into Pomona. We're ready to get this season started, so we can successfully defend our Full Throttle championship."
As could be expected, the KB Racing team's road to California was a long one, requiring the acquisition of a replacement trailer, parts, tools, and race car. Even so, Anderson is pleased with his team's effort, feeling they will be able to pick up where they left off three months ago.
"The entire team is pretty proud of the items we've acquired to replace those lost in the fire," said Anderson. "In each case, from the trailer to our Summit Racing Pontiac, we were able to find something in good condition that we brought back to our shop and worked on to meet our requirements, while Jason (teammate Line) and everyone in the engine shop were able to put together some new bullets that we're confident will get the job done.
"It was definitely a challenge, and a lot of hard work, but we've never been afraid of working, and it's nice to have some new things in our arsenal. We believe we had a good winter and that everything is in good shape. We're ready to go."
But even before the KB Racing team takes to the track for their first qualifying attempt on Thursday, their outlook will be vastly improved from where it was one year ago due to the presence of two very special people.
"No matter how you look at it, we're miles ahead of where we were a year ago, simply because Ken and Judy Black will be at the track with us in Pomona," said Anderson. "They mean the world to us, and we're excited to see them. We haven't seen them since last November and can't wait to see the progress he has made. We know that Ken has been working as hard on his rehabilitation as we have on our race cars, so we're looking forward to putting our eyes on him."
One factor weighing in Anderson's favor is his team's record at The Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. In his nine races driving for the KB Racing team at the Winternationals, he has won four times in five final round appearances, with teammate Jason Line adding a fifth victory in 2009.
"We always enjoy going to Pomona, showing what we've done over the last few months and getting the season started," said Anderson. "We think we're bringing a pretty good product this year, and are anxious to see how we stack up. It's an exciting time for both the racers and the fans. Throughout our existence, this Summit Racing team has always done well there, and we like our chances of continuing to add to our successes there this weekend."
-source: kb racing