Indianapolis: John Force Racing postponement notes

Highlights: Torrential rains which on Friday delayed the start of the 49th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, finished the job on Sunday, forcing a one-week postponement of final eliminations in the world's most prestigious drag race. Rain...

Highlights:

Torrential rains which on Friday delayed the start of the 49th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, finished the job on Sunday, forcing a one-week postponement of final eliminations in the world's most prestigious drag race.

Rain washed out Friday's initial qualifying session but subsided long enough for pro racers to complete two qualifying runs on Saturday.

Rain Sunday and the promise of more on Monday forced NHRA officials to announce the postponement. Qualifying will resume Friday with a single session followed by two qualifying runs Saturday and eliminations beginning at 12 noon (ET) Sunday.

Also re-scheduled was the 22nd annual Budweiser Shootout Funny Car bonus race. That event will be contested next Saturday.

Special #1:

Pete Johnson of Mooresville, Ind., was recognized during the 49th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals as the final regional winner in the 2003 Castrol GTX Top Techs program which rewards students who excel in automotive education.

A student at the Indianapolis campus of Lincoln Technical Institute, Johnson placed first in the state on the written portion of the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition and was fifth overall. He has worked as a crew member on the Malestrom Motorsports Top Fuel dragster campaigned locally and, with his family, has raced a 1963 Corvette in Super Comp. In addition to tickets to the U.S. Nationals, Johnson will receive souvenir apparel from Castrol GTX, a Mac Tools toolbox and $1,000 in tools and the donation of Castrol GTX and Castrol GTX High Mileage motor oil for use in his school's vocational automotive program.

Special #2:

Daniel Gilbert, a freshman at Universal Technical Institute in Houston, was introduced as the first national winner of the Castrol GTX Top Techs program in a special Friday ceremony in conjunction with the U.S. Nationals.

A native of Flower Mound, Texas, north of Dallas, Gilbert was awarded a $7,500 scholarship to be used to further his automotive education. He already had earned a Ford FACT scholarship, a scholarship from Joe Gibbs Racing and one from Universal Tech.

One of eight regional winners of a contest that recognizes top auto tech students for their academic achievements and community service, Gilbert was first in the state of Texas on the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition written test and was third overall.

He was presented his scholarship check and a plague by 12-time NHRA Funny Car Champion John Force to whom he plans to submit an application for employment upon his graduation.

JOHN FORCE, Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang Funny Car
Qualifying position and performance: 3rd at 4.780 seconds, 317.94 mph
(subject to change; qualifying resumes Friday, Sept. 5).

TONY PEDREGON, Castrol SYNTEC Ford Mustang Funny Car
Qualifying position and performance: 12th at 4.879, 313.22 mph.
(subject to change; qualifying resumes Friday, Sept. 5).

GARY DENSHAM, Team Castrol/Auto Club of Southern California Ford Funny Car:
Qualifying position and performance: 11th at 4.878, 315.71 mph.
(subject to change; qualifying resumes Friday, Sept. 5).

Next events:

Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis, Ind., Sept. 5-7; Keystone Nationals, Reading, Pa., Sept. 14; O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals, Memphis, Tenn., Sept. 21; NHRA Route 66 Nationals, Joliet, Ill., Sept. 28; O'Reilly Fall Nationals, Dallas, Texas, Oct. 12; AC/Delco Las Vegas Nationals, Las Vegas, Nev., Oct. 26; Automobile Club of Southern California World Finals, Pomona, Calif., Nov. 9.

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