Pomona: Whit Bazemore interview

ON BEING WITH DON SCHUMACHER RACING, NOW THE LARGEST PRO TEAM IN NHRA: "It's a real credit to Don that he's put together these programs and obviously the sponsors, Matco Tools, U.S. Army and Oakley. And now Dodge. We have a very strong program....

ON BEING WITH DON SCHUMACHER RACING, NOW THE LARGEST PRO TEAM IN NHRA: "It's a real credit to Don that he's put together these programs and obviously the sponsors, Matco Tools, U.S. Army and Oakley. And now Dodge. We have a very strong program. When you look at what it takes to contend for a championship in the Funny Car class, it's very obvious that our team has everything it takes. We have R&D. With Chrysler coming on board we have a good aerodynamics program, engineering support and wind tunnel time. All the pieces are in place to have a really outstanding season."

ON RE-TEAMING WITH GARY SCELZI AND HAVING A THREE-CAR TEAM: "He's a good driver. Last year, with Scotty Cannon on the team, it proved to be a benefit to have two cars and now we have three. Last year it was a big change because we took away a little bit from the Matco team to start the Oakley team with Mike Neff going over to run the Oakley car. This year the one Oakley team that Scelzi's driving for now was already established and Scotty's new team this year is all new. Last year it was a learning process on becoming a two-car team. Now we've added Dan Olson to work with Lee (Beard) and Mike (Neff) in the computer room. That's a very, very positive move. I think it's all a positive move to have Gary and Scotty over here and have teammates and good cars and Mike Neff still working with Beard and Phil Shuler working with Scotty. And of course, Wes Cerny working on the U.S. Army dragster. We have a lot of good, very, very talented people."

ON COMPETING AGAINST YOUR TEAMMATES: "It's really hard to predict what will happen because it's racing and everybody is very talented over here. Gary has three rings on his hand; I've got a wedding ring. He knows how to win races. Scotty Cannon, he has six-seven rings on his hand. He knows how to win races. I am the one with the most experience in Funny Car, but that doesn't mean that these guys are not going to be real competitive, because they are. We are all going to have to beat John Force's team to win races, that's the bottom line. It's going to be tough."

HOW ARE YOU AND GARY GOING TO WORK TOGETHER THIS SEASON?: "I'm going to help him win his first race in a Funny Car and he's going to help me win my first championship."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Whit Bazemore , John Force , Scotty Cannon , Mike Neff