Indianapolis: David Baca Saturday summary

David Baca No.1 after 3 of 5 qualifying sessions Sets track record CLERMONT, Ind. (August 30, 2003) -- The rains of yesterday gave way to partly cloudy and humid skies today. After losing a blower belt in today's first session, David Baca, ...

David Baca No.1 after 3 of 5 qualifying sessions
Sets track record

CLERMONT, Ind. (August 30, 2003) -- The rains of yesterday gave way to partly cloudy and humid skies today. After losing a blower belt in today's first session, David Baca, driver of the Hunter's Hope/American Racing/Waterloo Top Fuel dragster, brought the crowd to its feet when he set an Indianapolis Raceway Park track record at 4.504 seconds and holds the No. 1 spot at the NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals with two qualifying sessions left tomorrow.

Currently sixth in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel point standings, Henkelman and Baca Motorsports unveiled a special edition dragster for this event featuring the Hunter's Hope Foundation to raise awareness, call attention and raise research dollars so that the Foundation might continue their work to find a cure for Krabbe Disease.

Hunter's Hope Foundation was founded by former Buffalo Bills quarterback and NFL Hall of Fame inductee Jim Kelly and his wife Jill, and is named for their son Hunter, who has Krabbe Disease. Jim Kelly was on hand today to watch Baca's record run.

"We didn't have a good start to qualifying this afternoon," said Baca, and my crew chief, Johnny West, decided he must turn up the wick. His guessament on what we needed turned out to be just right. The car left about normal, and then started to really haul the mail to about 800-feet, then I believe it put a hole (cylinder) out.

"I don't believe we can run that quick come race day. It will take some low 60s (4.60 seconds) to mid-50s (4.55 seconds) and I think we're back on page after our pass tonight. There might even be a little bit left. We won a battle today, Monday we go to war.

"As much as I'm excited about the run, I'm more excited about the awareness we created today for Hunter's Hope. We had a number of families who have had a child or have a child with Krabbe Disease. They say we've got a lot of angels riding with us this weekend, and I believe it.

"I believe there is a cure out there for the disease that has afflicted Hunter Kelly and a lot of other children and with the help of our racing family we can raise dollars for continued research. Please check out the website (www.huntershope.org). There you can find additional information on the foundation, how you can be involved and how you can donate to continue the battle against this terrible disease."

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