Warren Johnson Powers to Chicago Semi-Finals Warren Johnson had a strong showing at Sunday's final eliminations of the NHRA Route 66 Nationals in Joliet, IL. Starting from the sixth position, the GM Performance Parts Grand Am ran consistently...
Warren Johnson Powers to Chicago Semi-Finals
Warren Johnson had a strong showing at Sunday's final eliminations of the NHRA Route 66 Nationals in Joliet, IL. Starting from the sixth position, the GM Performance Parts Grand Am ran consistently in gaining early round wins over Mike Edwards and his son Kurt Johnson at Route 66 Raceway before facing Greg Anderson in the semi-finals.
Despite running in the less-preferred right hand lane, Johnson bettered his performance from the previous round, posting a 6.847-second elapsed time with a top speed of 201.82 mph. Unfortunately, it was not enough to prevent his opponent, who recorded a 6.828-second effort, from gaining the narrow victory.
Although he fell shy of scoring his third win at Route 66 Raceway, Johnson was encouraged by his team's performance.
"Although you're never fully satisfied unless you win, it was still a pretty good weekend. We're continuing to make progress with the DRCE3, and it's coming around nicely. In fact, it is becoming competitive even quicker than I expected it would.
"We're also pleased with the progress we're making with the GM Performance Parts Grand Am. We're still looking for that proverbial sweet spot in the first sixty feet, because we are starting to out run the competition in the back half again. For example, if you look at the incremental numbers from the semi-finals, we gave up quite a bit in the first sixty feet, but matched or bettered our competitor's performance after that. If we get that area of the track fixed up, we will be in great shape.
"Basically we have to pick up the pace by a few hundredths to be right where we need to be. I know that sounds like a tall order, but we're pretty optimistic that we can do it here shortly. We'll keep working at the best pace that we can to get it completely resolved, but we're definitely moving in the right direction."