HIGHT LOOKING FOR POMONA SUCCESS AT HOME TRACK POMONA, CA (November 10, 2010) --- Last year Robert Hight and the Auto Club Ford Mustang were heading into Auto Club Raceway at Pomona for the Auto Club Finals with the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Funny...
HIGHT LOOKING FOR POMONA SUCCESS AT HOME TRACK
POMONA, CA (November 10, 2010) --- Last year Robert Hight and the Auto Club Ford Mustang were heading into Auto Club Raceway at Pomona for the Auto Club Finals with the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car championship all but locked up. Hight would clinch his first championship on Saturday night following qualifying.
This year Hight will roll into Auto Club Raceway without a personal championship on the line but still in the thick of a championship battle as team leader John Force trails Matt Hagan by 37 points in the Funny Car class. Hight and teammate Ashley Force Hood will be looking to do their best to put Force in the best position for his 15th personal and 17th team Full Throttle Funny Car championship.
"Our goal at the beginning of the season was to win another championship for Auto Club and John Force Racing. With one race left we aren't going to get our second championship but we can have a huge impact of getting John his 15th championship and that is still a championship for Auto Club as well as Castrol, Ford Racing. Mac Tools and BrandSource," said Hight, a four-time 2010 winner.
Hight has had a fair amount of success at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona winning three times including the 2007 Auto Club Finals. His first win in Pomona was one of the most dramatic of his career when you consider his Auto Club Mustang blew up and the team pulled the Ford body off the Auto Club show car and raced to victory at the 2006 Winternationals.
"Auto Club Raceway is almost a magical place. There is so much history at this track and we have seen or been a part of that history. When you roll through the gates you just get excited. There are more family and friends around and you have to focus on the race. You see a lot of legends just walking through the pits and to be out on the track racing it is pretty amazing."
This year Hight set a number of personal records including winning three races in a row, racing to four finals in a row, and moving into the Top Ten all-time in the Funny Car class as a No. 1 qualifier. His Auto Club Mustang held the points lead briefly in the middle of the season and that continued a personal streak for Hight that he is proud of.
"We led the points for a couple of weeks this season after I got on that roll in May winning in Atlanta, St. Louis and Topeka. I have been in the points lead every year I have raced Funny Car. This year there has only been three Funny Cars that led the points and I am one of them along with Force and Hagan. You want to have a top tier Funny Car and we have one. There is no doubt we have stumbled in the Countdown but I have confidence in my crew chief Jimmy Prock that on Monday after the Auto Club Finals we are going to start working on that 2011 Full Throttle Championship," said Hight.