Beckman's Indy debut ends early INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 5, 2005) -- Sometimes it's the little things that make a big difference. That's the lesson that driver "Fast Jack" Beckman and the Menards/Mail Terminal Services Top Fuel team learned...
Beckman's Indy debut ends early
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 5, 2005) -- Sometimes it's the little things that make a big difference. That's the lesson that driver "Fast Jack" Beckman and the Menards/Mail Terminal Services Top Fuel team learned this weekend at the NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park.
Beckman's weekend ended early when he smoked the tires in the first round against reigning NHRA POWERade champ Tony Schumacher but the real trouble came in qualifying, as the team wounded two engines and barely made the 16-car field with a 4.70. The problem was traced to a cracked fuel line that separated under rapid acceleration, allowing air into the fuel system and causing a lean condition in the 8,000 horsepower nitro burning engine. Crew chief Jimmy Walsh fixed the problem prior to the start of eliminations, but had only a limited amount of data with which to make his tuning decision.
"We have all the right parts, people and data, but sometimes things still go wrong," said Beckman. "In order to work properly, these cars have to be just right and it doesn't take much for things to go really wrong. When we fired the car in the pits, we couldn't detect any kind of a fuel leak or anything. The problem only occurred under hard acceleration, which made it very hard to detect. Thankfully, Jimmy was able to get a handle on it so I'm pretty optimistic heading into the next race.
This is my first trip to Indianapolis as a professional racer and I had a lot of high hopes, but we have a good team and I know we'll rebound quickly. I have said all year and I still believe that the Menards/Mail Terminal Services team is capable of winning a race."
The Menards/MTS team plans to skip the upcoming Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Reading, Pa., and will return to action at the 20th annual O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals in Dallas, Texas, Sep. 22-25.