White Cap Toyota Celica funny car makes its first visit to Memphis MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Sept. 17, 2002) - After another promising event in Reading, Pa., last weekend, Bruce Sarver looks to take the White Cap Toyota Celica Funny Car to victory circle...
White Cap Toyota Celica funny car makes its first visit to Memphis
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Sept. 17, 2002) - After another promising event in Reading, Pa., last weekend, Bruce Sarver looks to take the White Cap Toyota Celica Funny Car to victory circle for the first time this weekend at the O'Reilly Midsouth Nationals, Sept. 20-22, at Memphis Motorsports Park.
Sarver and the Alan Johnson Racing team had the White Cap Celica on pace for its first win last weekend after qualifying third with a 4.849-second pass at 312.42 mph. After a first-round win over Frank Pedregon, lost a close race to eventual-event winner Tony Pedregon when the blower failed late in the race.
Since taking over the driving duties of the White Cap Celica Funny Car in May, Sarver has been one of the top-five racers in the class. He took the White Cap Celica Funny Car to the final round in his first race at Englishtown, N.J., and also at Columbus and Seattle. Sarver also earned the top qualifying spot at Topeka and Chicago. The six-year drag racing veteran currently sits in 11th-place overall (641 points) despite only racing in 11 of 18 events this season.
In its first year of competition, the White Cap Toyota Celica Funny Car produced three top-10 qualifying positions and a final-round appearance in Gainesville, Fla., with Gary Scelzi behind the wheel. The two drivers' combined 942points is sixth most 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 the 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.