Indianapolis: Johnny Gray final summary

Johnny Gray out in first round at U.S. Nationals INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 6, 2004) - Johnny Gray's first appearance in Don Schumacher's Wonder Wagon in Funny Car eliminations at the prestigious 50th Annual U.S. Nationals was cut short today in the ...

Johnny Gray out in first round at U.S. Nationals

INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 6, 2004) - Johnny Gray's first appearance in Don Schumacher's Wonder Wagon in Funny Car eliminations at the prestigious 50th Annual U.S. Nationals was cut short today in the first round, when he lost to his teammate Gary Scelzi.

The new team, led by crew chief Dan Olson, had struggled all weekend after posting a strong No. 8 qualifying effort on Friday, and the troubles continued today, as Gray lost traction at the hit of the throttle and coasted to an 11.060/89.73 pass, while Scelzi rocketed to the finish with a 4.897/312.28 run.

"We tried several things to figure out the problems we had in the last four qualifying rounds," he said. "But, we're testing this car, we're testing several different components on the car. We thought we had some stuff resolved and we thought we had a good competitive race car today. Unfortunately, like in the other qualifying runs, we didn't quite have it right. But we'll get there."

Next on the NHRA schedule is the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Reading, Pa., Sept. 16-19.

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Drivers Gary Scelzi , Johnny Gray