Hight - Ford interview 2009-09-09

This Week in Ford Racing: September 9, 2009 With a finals appearance in last weekend's U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, Robert Hight, driver of the Auto Club Ford Mustang Funny Car, moved into 10th place in the standings, and clinched the final...

This Week in Ford Racing:
September 9, 2009

With a finals appearance in last weekend's U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, Robert Hight, driver of the Auto Club Ford Mustang Funny Car, moved into 10th place in the standings, and clinched the final spot in the Countdown to 1. Hight says that with the way his team is going right now, he feels he can compete for his first championship.

YOU CLINCHED THE LAST SPOT IN THE COUNTDOWN LAST WEEKEND IN INDY. "It looks like we're finally getting our act together at the right time. I guess it's better late than never, but we're happy to have all of our Ford Mustangs in there. That was a major accomplishment for us. It wasn't an easy thing. The way my car is running now, we could actually win it from the number 10 spot. I can't wait for Charlotte; that race cannot come too soon. It would be nice to keep this roll going because our car is running very well. It takes a lot of work and if you struggle a little like we did, you can get behind and almost not make it. I'm excited that six of the top 10 are Ford Mustangs and, you know what, one of us ought to win this Championship."

ARE YOU RELIEVED? EXCITED? HOW DO YOU FEEL RIGHT NOW? "Very relieved, because basically if you don't make the top 10 it means your season is over for all practical purposes. I guess you could look at it like you can start testing for next year, but I wasn't ready for my season to be over. It's just now getting started, the way I look at it. I'm very excited about that, relieved, but excited going into Charlotte, knowing that we could be moving up in this deal."

ARE YOU A BELIEVER IN MOMENTUM? "For sure. I was never a big believer in the fact that some people just have luck at certain races, but I'm starting to feel that way because this is my fourth U.S. Nationals final in a row. Don Prudhomme has the record of six in a row. I've won two of them. I'm very proud of Ashley for winning, but, yes, momentum is a big deal, and hopefully we can get on a big roll here. The way my car ran, dating back to Reading when John switched us and he was in the car, it went down all the runs there, and all the runs here in Indy. It qualified number one, and it doesn't get much better than that."

CAN YOU PINPOINT WHEN YOUR SEASON TURNED AROUND? "Well, people probably got tired of hearing me, throughout all the struggles, say, 'We're close.' I would say that Jimmy's not that far off, he's getting closer, and of course things would happen and we wouldn't do well. Little things would come up, mistakes were made, but everybody stuck together. I still have the same exact team that I had last year. We stuck together as a team, worked through it, and we believed in each other. We knew we were close, and we just kept working hard, and that's what it takes to win."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Don Prudhomme , Robert Hight