Wilson looking to start year off strong in Pomona POMONA, Calif. - Defending two-time NHRA Division 3 Top Alcohol Dragster Champion Jeff Wilson will be looking to start the year off strong during this weekend's season opener, the K&N Filters ...
Wilson looking to start year off strong in Pomona
POMONA, Calif. - Defending two-time NHRA Division 3 Top Alcohol Dragster Champion Jeff Wilson will be looking to start the year off strong during this weekend's season opener, the K&N Filters Winternationals in Pomona, Calif. Wilson and his Torco Race Fuels/STARCON backed team hope their new one-peice carbon fiber body, among other new innovative parts will help the team to victory.
The race will be the first race together with new sponsor Torco Race Fuels. The Winfield, Mo., native hopes gain them results early.
"We're going to make a hard charge for the World Championship with Torco Race Fuels on board this year," said Wilson. "With this being the first race of the season, it certainly isn't do or die, but it helps to start the year off strong; it gives you momentum."
With their eye on the World Championship, the team will use an innovative two-car approach. Instead of just campaigning their blown alcohol combination, the team has built an injected-nitro car to compete when conditions favor that combination.
"We're going to use the two combinations to our best advantage," stated Wilson. "Ideally, we would have liked to have our A/Fueler ready for this race, because this is definitely what you would call an A/Fuel race. But we're not going to bring that car out until we feel it is competitive, and right now we have put the focus on the blown car. Al Meade will tune the car this race, and then focus on the nitro program when Marc White is available to take over the blown car."
Wilson also feels preseason testing in Florida will give the Torco Race Fuels/STARCON team an advantage going into the event.
"We went down to Bradenton and tried some new things," commented Wilson. "We tested a new 36" tire for Mickey Thompson and found favorable results. We also tested the new one-peice carbon fiber body Mike Spitzer built us. Mike and the folks at Spitzer Race Cars are always trying to stay at the cutting edge of technology, and I think this new body is just the latest step. All in all, we're excited to get to race it this weekend."
Qualifying begins with one session on Thursday, two sessions on Friday, and first round of eliminations on Saturday. Final eliminations will conclude the event on Sunday. Stay tuned to InsideTopAlcohol.com for the latest news in alcohol racing.