White Cap Toyota Celica Funny Car returns to "The Strip" in Las Vegas. LAS VEGAS (Oct. 22, 2002) - After reaching another final round at the last race in Dallas, Bruce Sarver will take the White Cap Toyota Celica Funny Car to "The Strip" at Las...
White Cap Toyota Celica Funny Car returns to "The Strip" in Las Vegas.
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 22, 2002) - After reaching another final round at the last race in Dallas, Bruce Sarver will take the White Cap Toyota Celica Funny Car to "The Strip" at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend looking for some help from Lady Luck at the ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals, Oct. 25-27.
"I feel we had the car to beat for sure in Dallas, but again something bizarre broke," said Sarver, a six-year veteran from Bakersfield, Calif. "This time it was the wheelie bar. The team and I have run really fast in Vegas, so if we get a little luck with the equipment, our first win of the year could come this weekend."
Sarver and the White Cap Celica have been one of the top-five driver/car combinations in the Funny Car class since his first race at Englishtown in May. In 14 events, he has two top qualifying times (Topeka and Chicago) and four visits to the final round (Englishtown, Columbus, Seattle and Dallas). Despite missing the first seven races of the season, Sarver is still 11th in overall points with 821.
In its first year of competition, the White Cap Toyota Celica Funny Car also produced three top-10 qualifying positions, and a final-round appearance in Gainesville, Fla., with Gary Scelzi piloting the first seven races. The two drivers' combined total of 1,122 points is fifth best in the Funny Car class this year.
The White Cap Toyota Celica is the first manufacturer-backed import Funny Car in NHRA POWERade Series history. The car, which made its debut in February at Pomona, Calif., was developed using a production Toyota Celica GT-S as the baseline. The project, which began in the fall of 2001, was developed in conjunction with Swift Engineering, Inc., in San Clemente, Calif.