Etterman Racing White one step closer to Division 3 Championship CLERMONT, Ind. - Coming into this weekend, NHRA Federal Mogul Funny Car driver Marc White knew he had to win this weekend's final NHRA Division 3 Federal Mogul Drag Racing Series...
White one step closer to Division 3 Championship
CLERMONT, Ind. - Coming into this weekend, NHRA Federal Mogul Funny Car driver Marc White knew he had to win this weekend's final NHRA Division 3 Federal Mogul Drag Racing Series event at Indianapolis Raceway Park and make the finals at the final divisional event of the year in Las Vegas to overtake Chuck Cheeseman for this year's Division 3 FMFC Championship. Taking the pressure head on, White and the Etterman Racing Team lead the event from wire to wire, qualifying No. 1 and defeating Kim Fritts in the final to complete the first step in their Divisional Championship goals.
White, from Glendale Heights, Ill., qualified the Etterman Racing 2001 Firebird No. 1 with an off-the-trailer 5.755 second elapsed time at 249.51 mph. Intermittent rains delayed final eliminations until Monday
In the first round, he defeated Jeff Lancaster, who redlighted against him, giving White the automatic win. White saw the redlight and coasted to a 14.72 at 52 mph. In the semifinals, White had a competition bye due to the low car count, and shut off early once again due to heavy tireshake. In the final, White appeared to be on another low 5.7 second pass when he had a huge blower explosion, and slowed to a 5.825 at 225.16 mph, but was still good enough to cover Fritts, who had problems of his own and slowed to a 6.144 at 176.85 mph.
"Weather wise it was a horrible weekend," said White. "We got one qualifier and that was it. We passed on the second run after we saw nobody improved on our time. We had to stay over until Monday to run the race. We won, fortunately, but we paid a pretty good price to do it. We tore up the body and some engine parts in that explosion, but we were able to win it."
All damage aside, the Etterman Racing Team left the track en route to their next event, this upcoming weekend's O'Reilly Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec at the Texas Motorplex just south of Dallas. With the Motorplex's all concrete racing surface known for it's ability to hold record-breaking numbers, White and the team look forward to unleashing their horsepower on to the racetrack.
"We will definitely run the car as hard as we can," stated White. "We tore up quite a bit of stuff in the final, and have quite a bit of work to do to it to get it ready, but when it goes to the starting line for that first qualifier, it will be 100%. It might be a little ugly, but it will have all good pieces in it, and we'll run it as hard as we can, just like we do everywhere else we go."
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