White uses strong Pomona outing to finish seventh nationally POMONA, Calif. - In what has been a somewhat up and down year for the Etterman Racing team, ended on a positive note during this past weekend's AAA Auto Club Finals in Pomona, Calif.
White uses strong Pomona outing to finish seventh nationally
POMONA, Calif. - In what has been a somewhat up and down year for the Etterman Racing team, ended on a positive note during this past weekend's AAA Auto Club Finals in Pomona, Calif. Team driver Marc White wheeled the Etterman Racing 2001 Firebird to a semifinal finish, placing himself seventh in Federal Mogul Funny Car national points standings.
White, from Glendale Heights, Ill, placed the Etterman Racing juggernaut solidly in the field with a 5.696 second blast at 250.37 mph out of the trailer Friday morning. In the first round, White took out Scott Palmer with a strong 5.736 at 250.88 mph, then took out John Weaver with an impressive 5.668 at 251.25 mph.
White's semifinal meeting with eventual winner Von Smith was the third time the pair has met in competition this year. With the score tied going into the matchup, Smith prevailed with a 5.690 at 254.86, while White slowed to a 5.742 at 248.20 mph.
"We missed the first qualifying session," said White. "We couldn't make it there on Thursday. On the first run Friday, we went a .69, and we were real happy with that. We made some changes, it slowed down a little bit on the next qualifier and first round, then we kind of got it back down for the second round race. We made it to the semifinals against Von Smith; he out-drove me, and that was the end of our 2001 season."
Despite not closing the year with a win, White and team look to take some momentum from their semifinal finish, and better their No. 7 national standing next year.
"All in all, it wasn't a bad year," stated White. "We're still not all the way happy with it. We will just have to work harder and have a better car next year."
"Going to the semi's definitely helps," White continued. "We've been exploring a new tune-up over the last half dozen races, and it shows a lot of promise. We're definitely looking forward to next year. I think next year will be better than this year. I'm real proud of the team, George and Jane [Etterman], Danny [Bevans] and Timmy [White]. They all worked real hard, and never gave up even when we were struggling. As far as going into battle, those are good guys to go to war with. Our sponsors Haulmark, NRC Conversions, Michigan Kenworth, and RacerPage.com stuck with us all year as well, and helped make this possible. We'll be back strong next year."