Joliet: David Baca preview

Baca remains optimistic JOLIET, Ill. (May 20, 2004) -- David Baca, driver of the American Racing Top Fuel dragster, will openly admit that he had expected to have had a better season thus far than he has experienced. While performance of this...

Baca remains optimistic

JOLIET, Ill. (May 20, 2004) -- David Baca, driver of the American Racing Top Fuel dragster, will openly admit that he had expected to have had a better season thus far than he has experienced. While performance of this type would frustrate most any driver of any type of racing vehicle, Baca remains optimistic as he prepares for this weekend's NHRA Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway, a state-of-the-art drag racing facility in Joliet, Ill.

"We've had a lot of little problems go wrong and right now our main problem lies in the bell housing, but there is nothing that our brain trust that tunes this car can't resolve," said Baca. "I remain optimistic.

"We tested at Atlanta last Monday and I'm hopeful that what we learned there can be translated to renewed performance at Chicago. Route 66 is known for big numbers and this American Racing car has the potential to run those type of times and speed. We'll see come this weekend."

Currently Baca is in the 11th position in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel point standings, off the pace from his goal of finishing in the top five in points this season.

"There's still plenty of time left in the season to rebound," added Baca. "Our goal is realistic and I firmly believe that we can obtain it."

The NHRA Route 66 Nationals opens with two professional qualifying sessions for the nitro classes on Friday (May 21) at 5 and 8 p.m. and two final qualifying sessions on Saturday (May 22) at 1 and 4 p.m.. Final eliminations for all classes get underway on Sunday at 11 a.m. All times is Central Daylight Time (CDT).

Same-day television coverage can be seen on ESPN2 with qualifying highlights on Saturday (May 22) from 7-9 p.m. and eliminations on Sunday (May 23) from 7-10 p.m. All times is Eastern Time (ET).

In business since 1956, American Racing Custom Wheels headquartered in Rancho Dominguez, Calif., offers over 75 styles of wheels for every aftermarket application -- including passenger car, off-road, truck/SUV, vintage, dualie, steel and hi-performance wheels. With 40 warehouses, American Racing provides the consumer ease of access to their product through dealers and retail outlets nationwide.

Henkelman & Baca Motorsports is pleased to be associated throughout the 2004 season with marketing support from Champion Spark Plugs, Don Steves Chevrolet (La Habra, Calif.), Goodyear, Lucas Oil and Mac Tools.

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