Hillary Will clocks low elapsed time at Vegas Nitro Blast-Off Hillary Will ended the first of three preseason test sessions on a high note. The driver of the KB Racing-owned, Kalitta Motorsports-managed Top Fuel dragster clipped off...
Hillary Will clocks low elapsed time at Vegas Nitro Blast-Off
Hillary Will ended the first of three preseason test sessions on a high note. The driver of the KB Racing-owned, Kalitta Motorsports-managed Top Fuel dragster clipped off the best pass of the 4-day test session -- the NHRA Nitro Blast-Off -- when she covered the quarter-mile at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 4.483 seconds at 324.83 mph.
A native of Northern California, Will, who now calls Ypsilanti, Mich. home, will make her professional debut at the season-opening NHRA CARQUEST Winternationals, which unfolds Feb. 9-12 at the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona on the grounds of the LA County Fairplex in Pomona, Calif.
Will's crew chief, Jim Oberhofer, rates the first test session of 2006 a 10, on a scale of one to 10. "We worked on procedure throughout the weekend," said Jim O. "Hillary did her job well. You couldn't ask for much more. Just before that last run, I told her to take it on through. You didn't have to ask her twice."
Will reflected on the testing, "We're happy with that run and the progress we made in this first test session. It was good after the layoff to get in the car and make some laps. I'm looking forward to continuing my learning curve at Phoenix. We expect to do well there, too."
Next up on the preseason test schedule is the 22nd annual National Time Trials at Firebird International Raceway this weekend. Action gets underway on Saturday and continues through Monday, Jan. 28-30.
"We're going back to reality (normal testing)," added Jim O., as he looked forward to Phoenix. "I'm hoping that we can take what we learned this weekend in Vegas and make it work in Phoenix. If we can adapt to the track there and run some times in the low 4.50 range, I will be plenty happy. I think there's a lot left in this car. It ran hard through the middle (of the track) and Hillary had no problem keeping it straight. We can get after it even more at Phoenix."
KB Racing is owned by Las Vegas businessman Ken Black. In addition to Hillary Will's Top Fuel Dragster, KB Racing also fields two Pro Stock cars, driven by Greg Anderson and Jason Line on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Anderson has won three consecutive POWERade Pro Stock Championships (2003-2005). Line finished third in the 2005 POWERade point standings and was honored with the 2004 Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future award, presented to the most outstanding rookie in a professional category.
Kalitta Motorsports (www.kalittaracing.com), owned by the legendary Top Fuel driver and successful businessman Connie Kalitta, will field, in addition to Will's dragster, three additional nitro fuel cars -- two Top Fuel dragsters and a Funny Car -- in 2006 on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Doug Kalitta will drive the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster, David Grubnic will handle the driving duties on the StriVectin-SD Top Fuel Dragster and Scott Kalitta moves from Top Fuel to the Funny Car for 2006. In the final 2005 Top Fuel point standings Doug Kalitta finished third, Grubnic fourth and Scott Kalitta eighth.