Foley improves to 4-for-4 in NHRA action this season READING, Pa. (Aug. 17) -- Part-time racer Doug Foley once again proved he is fully capable of running with the elite teams in drag racing by successfully qualifying for this weekend's 24th ...
Foley improves to 4-for-4 in NHRA action this season
READING, Pa. (Aug. 17) -- Part-time racer Doug Foley once again proved he is fully capable of running with the elite teams in drag racing by successfully qualifying for this weekend's 24th annual Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway. Foley is now a perfect four-for-four in races his entered this season while he continues to chase down full-time funding for his race team.
"This was our first race driving to 1,000 feet instead of a quarter mile," Foley said of the interim track-length implemented earlier this year for safety reasons. "It was a bit of an adjustment for us. After looking at our data from the previous races, we realized we make most of our power on the back half of the track, including the last 330 feet they cut off, so we had to reevaluate our data and change our engine combination to find more power down low.
"We are really happy with how consistent the car made it down the track all weekend, but we also know we can make some big improvements with the knowledge we gained. Once we learn how to apply the clutch to the new engine combination, we'll definitely be able to go faster."
Foley, 44, was razor-sharp on race day but lost a close race to two-time series Larry Dixon, running a 3.940 at 305.77 mph to Dixon's 3.871 at 310.48 mph.
As the team continues its search for a full-time corporate sponsor, Billy Caprara of Fx Caprara Car Companies of Watertown, N.Y., once again stepped in as title sponsor for this event.
"I really appreciate everything Fx Caprara has done for Foley & Lewis Racing this year," Foley said. "Without him, I wouldn't have been able to make it out at all this year. It's important as we develop relationships with potential sponsors to bring them to the races so they can see what drag racing is all about. Billy's a drag racer, and he knows how it works.
"We had some important guests with us all weekend and I believe they were impressed with the NHRA experience and what we are trying to do with our race team."
Foley's next opportunity to compete will be at the inaugural Carolina NHRA Nationals, Sept. 11-14, in Charlotte, N.C.