Pomona: Gary Densham preview

Densham enters first race of 2007 season with renewed enthusiasm POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 7) - The world's fastest school teacher, Gary Densham, has every reason to be excited about the 2007 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing season as the veteran racer...

Densham enters first race of 2007 season with renewed enthusiasm

POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 7) - The world's fastest school teacher, Gary Densham, has every reason to be excited about the 2007 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing season as the veteran racer enters his 28th year of competition with more sponsor dollars and a new four-car tuning alliance.

The Densham Motorsports organization took some big steps during the short off-season and picked up Evan Knoll's Torco Racing Fuels as a second major sponsor along with renewing last season's banner contributor, Racebricks Collectables.

"Every year the pro ranks are faced with ever increasing costs, so to stay competitive you must have the proper funding," team owner/driver Densham said. " We're very excited about having Evan Knoll's Torco Racing Fuels join Racebricks on our car and we're confident we can make a serious run for the POWERade championship. Last year we just weren't as competitive as we wanted to be. This year will be a completely different story because not only do we have Racebricks back but we also have money from Torco.

"Our crew chief, Greg Amaral, did an incredible job in 2006. He was instrumental in helping us get the No. 1 qualifier position in Denver despite the incredible summer heat up there. With our new alliances with Racebricks and Torco Racing Fuels, plus a new tuning partnership, he's really pumped about having a shot at the '07 championship. And so am I, to be frank."

The Torco Racing Fuels/ Racebricks Funny Car team also inked a new four-car team alliance agreement between Densham, fellow Funny car pilot Mike Ashley and Top Fuel competitors Morgan Lucas and Melanie Troxel that will allow each team to share data. Performance sharing is a critical component of being competitive in today's world of multi-car teams, one that was missing on Densham's team in 2006.

"Let's face it, the teams that win championships have more than one car in the stable. Now, so do we, at least in the tune-up arena," said the former school teacher from Bellflower, Calif. "The more brains we have, the easier it is to figure out how to get these beasts down the track."

The CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals, the first event on the 23-race POWERade Drag Racing Series, opens Thursday at the Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California. Same day television coverage of final eliminations will be carried at 7 p.m. Pacific, Sunday, on ESPN2.

-credit: dm

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Series NHRA
Drivers Gary Densham , Morgan Lucas , Mike Ashley