Indianpolis: Dave Grubnic preview

NHRA's "Aussie Dave" Grubnic encouraged about this weekend's Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indy after successful test session Clermont, Ind., (Aug. 29, 2005) - At this Labor Day weekend's running of the 51st Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Clermont,...

NHRA's "Aussie Dave" Grubnic encouraged about this weekend's Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indy after successful test session

Clermont, Ind., (Aug. 29, 2005) - At this Labor Day weekend's running of the 51st Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Clermont, Ind., Aug. 31-Sept. 5, just outside of downtown Indianapolis, Zantrex-3 Top Fuel dragster driver "Aussie Dave" Grubnic is expecting record-setting performances from his 7,000 horsepower nitro rail when the action of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series hits the quarter-mile track at Indianapolis Raceway Park for the most prestigious drag racing event in the world.

"Wow, what can I say?" Grubnic said. "It's Indy time again. We just got through testing at IRP last Tuesday and Wednesday, and I'm really looking forward to getting into racing conditions.

"Indy is the race you want to win as a racer. Most drivers define their success as a drag racer by what their record is at Indianapolis. My Zantrex-3 team and sponsor relations representative and drag racing legend Shirley Muldowney even uses the fact that she won the "Big Go" in 1982 in her E-mail address (she defeated Grubnic's current team owner and drag racing legend Connie Kalitta in the final round), so it is something very special to win here.

"We had a great test. Our best run of 4.538 (seconds) was just a click or two away from being the best of the test sessions for anyone (4.520). We struggled when we first started, but we made some changes and the car responded perfectly, so I'm very upbeat about our chances of winning on Monday.

"I think our car is going to be right up there in the top two or three. We might even be able to go after some track records if the weather and track conditions are favorable. We'll see. I'm just anxious to get out there and race and hopefully put myself and my team in position to win the biggest race of them all."

Grubnic's best result at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals was a quarter-final finish in 1999. His one round win in his career at IRP was in that same year in round one when he defeated his current Kalitta Motorsports teammate Scott Kalitta.

Native Australian Grubnic, 43, the $100,000 Budweiser Shootout special event winner last fall in Las Vegas, made history May 29th in Topeka, Kans., by becoming the first non-North American to win an NHRA Top Fuel national event. The win in Topeka was Grubnic's first in his 11-year career. He is currently fourth in championship points, 223 from the lead.

The Mac Tools U.S. Nationals begins Friday, Sept. 2, for the Top Fuel class with one qualifying session. Two more qualifying sessions follow on Saturday with two more chances to qualify on Sunday. The top sixteen qualified cars will race Monday in final eliminations beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The Mac Tools U.S. Nationals is the 18th of 23 national events in the 2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

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Drivers Shirley Muldowney , Connie Kalitta