INDIANAPOLIS - Almost one year ago, NHRA Federal Mogul Dragster driver Jay Meyer had accomplished one of the most coveted feats in drag racing, winning the U.S. Nationals. With a win at this weekend's Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at the famed ...
INDIANAPOLIS - Almost one year ago, NHRA Federal Mogul Dragster driver Jay Meyer had accomplished one of the most coveted feats in drag racing, winning the U.S. Nationals. With a win at this weekend's Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at the famed Indianapolis Raceway Park, Meyer, who has won the last three national events he has attended, could become the first repeat Indy winner in the class' history.
Meyer, who runs his construction company, Brazosport Equipment, in Freeport, Texas, comes into this weekend's event with a 24-3 round win/loss record in the car that was almost completely rebuilt after a devastating crash in Houston, earlier in the year. With close to 40 cars pre-entered in his class for this year's "Big Go" as they call it, the competition will surely be fierce. A win this weekend would not only put his name in the history books, but bolster his chances of winning the World Championship.
"I'm not going to get too excited," said Meyer. "I'm not going to get too up, I'm not going to get too down. I'm just going to do like I always do and treat it like it's another race. Last year we didn't get caught up in the U.S. Nationals hype, we just treat it like it's another race. We're just going to go one round at a time, and try to win it, like we did last year."
"There's so many points implications this weekend," Meyer added. "It's phenomenal all the things that have to happen. It's like the stars and the moon have to line up for us to be Champion. It's still possible, we're just going to keep plugging along."
Last year, Meyer used consistent low 5.5 - high 5.4 second elapsed times to take him to victory. With the list of heavy hitters scheduled to be in attendance long and distinguished, Meyer expects it will take 5.40's or better to win this weekend.
"It should be a 5.40 race track," commented Meyer. "It depends on the air. Last year the air turned good, and it was a 5.40 race track. We're a little better than we were last year, we've learned a little bit. I would think around a 5.45 for a raceday set up would be pretty good. That remains to be seen, though. Every year it seems like a cold front blows through, and the air changes right in the middle of it. Everybody's tune up goes right out the window."
"If we got enough of a tune-up that we can get it in the ballpark, and take it from there," continued Meyer, "we should be ok."
Meyer also cites the support of his hometown, Freeport, Texas, and his sponsors as part of his motivation to win this weekend.
"I have to thank my sponsors Warner Machine, InsideFMRacing.com, Valvoline and RacerPage.com," Meyer said. "All the people back at home are really behind us. I can't believe all the people that are watching this back home. I want to thank all of them. We're a blue collar town, and if one of our 'own' does good, everybody gets behind them. It's really great to see all of these people wishing us well. We're going to try to represent them the best we possibly can."
Qualifying begins on Thursday for the Federal Mogul Dragsters.