Pomona II: Warren Johnson Saturday summary

WJ Hopes Thirteenth Proves Lucky in Pomona Warren Johnson and his GM Performance Parts GTO crew were severely tested during qualifying for the Auto Club of Southern California Finals. In each of the four sessions, they found themselves ...

WJ Hopes Thirteenth Proves Lucky in Pomona

Warren Johnson and his GM Performance Parts GTO crew were severely tested during qualifying for the Auto Club of Southern California Finals. In each of the four sessions, they found themselves working to extract the most from their race car, as well as a tricky Pomona Raceway racing surface.

Although their hard work was rewarded with a 6.717-second, 207.15 mph pass on Friday afternoon, earning the thirteenth starting position for the final race of the 2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing season, the crew knew they would need to step up their performance in order to close the year with their fourth national event win.

"We have applied everything that we have learned over the years to this car, and so far, it isn't cooperating. If we get it figured out, it will be fine. What we need to get it fixed is an intensive test session, which we already have planned for after the season is over. We have another car being built relatively soon, and we want to incorporate any changes we feel are necessary into the new one, so we have a fresh race horse to start next season.

"However, for the immediate future, we have to focus on tomorrow's final eliminations. We'll go over our notes, come up with a game plan, and do the best job we can with this GM Performance Parts GTO, trying to go four rounds and leave with the win. After that, we'll be in test mode."

-j2r-

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