Old Bridge Township Raceway Park
Revved up by Indy 500, Lucas ready to make his own noise in E-town
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. – Before embarking on this week's stop in the NHRA Full Throttle Series schedule, the NHRA SuperNationals, Morgan Lucas, driver of the GEICO/Lucas Oil Top Fuel dragster, had a front row seat for speed of a different sort.
"The Indianapolis 500 was awesome," said Lucas, a Hoosier native. "We went down on pit road and hung out before the race. I got to check out the cars up close and personal and walked around the Speedway checking out the track."
As someone who has to reign in an 8,000 horsepower dragster for a living, Lucas said he appreciates the courage it takes to charge into a turn at blistering speeds.
"It takes a lot of guts to go into a corner at 220 mph," Lucas said. "Besides Formula 1 cars, I don't know of anyone else who gets an opportunity to experience something quite like that. It takes a lot of talent and composure to do what they do."
The GEICO dragster has been making good power, but struggling of late. A post-race test at Topeka and some further investigation may have zeroed in on the problem.
"We found some problems in the bell housing last week after we got home from Topeka," Lucas said. "We didn't get the results we wanted to in testing, but we discovered some big problems. It wasn't something someone was failing to do, it was just an issue with a part.
"We're going to go into this race with an open mind and fix the problems we have. The power we're making is better than we ever have, now it's a matter of controlling it all."
Lucas said he looks forward to the challenge of racing at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, and taking advantage of its proximity to the Big Apple.
"There's a lot of history and a lot of fun at Englishtown," Lucas said. "There's also a lot to do in New York City. You've got to stay on your game in Englishtown. It's got a shorter shutdown area like Pomona or Reading, so you've got to be prepared for whatever might come your way."
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