Joliet: Whit Bazemore Friday summary

Bazemore qualifies No. 2 on Friday in Joliet JOLIET, Ill. (May 21, 2004) - Whit Bazemore watched his teammate Gary Scelzi become the first NHRA Funny Car driver to break the 330-mph barrier tonight in the next lane, as Bazemore roared to a No. 2...

Bazemore qualifies No. 2 on Friday in Joliet

JOLIET, Ill. (May 21, 2004) - Whit Bazemore watched his teammate Gary Scelzi become the first NHRA Funny Car driver to break the 330-mph barrier tonight in the next lane, as Bazemore roared to a No. 2 qualifying spot under cool conditions at what most consider to be a perfect track, Route 66 Raceway.

Following a one-hour hold for strong winds after half the Funny Car field qualified, Bazemore returned to post a 4.731-second elapsed time at 326.71 mph to place second to Tony Pedregon's 4.716/331.28 (the fastest Funny Car speed in history set in the final pairing.)

"It was good," said Bazemore, defending Funny Car event champion who was the first Funny Car driver to break the 325-mph mark. "We ran well and we're happy. It was an outstanding job by the other team. Obviously Dickie Venables and Kurt Elliott really have their act together; they're doing a great job over there. They've been around a long time. They met each other working for me. I'm always interested in how they do.

"We never like being second. That's the way it goes. We made a good run. We got it in. It was awfully windy and it was exciting. We'll be ready to improve tomorrow."

Bazemore has often predicted that his teammate Scelzi would be the first to break 330 mph. "It's very cool. Our team was the first to go 325 mph, so we kept it in the team. Another barrier broken for Schumacher Racing. We haven't run the mile-an-hour in a couple of years. Zippy (Scelzi's crew chief Mike Neff) and Scelzi have. They were my favorite pre-season pick to do it and they did. It's great for them. It's outstanding."

-dsr-

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Pedregon , Whit Bazemore , Gary Scelzi , Mike Neff