WINNER'S CIRCLE ELUDES JOHNSON AND MIKE GREEN-TUNED FLOPPER IN RICHMOND RICHMOND, Va., (Oct. 15, 2006) -- Tommy Johnson Jr. and the Skoal Racingsm Monte Carlo team suffered a first round loss Sunday at the Torco Racing Fuels NHRA Nationals at ...
WINNER'S CIRCLE ELUDES JOHNSON AND MIKE GREEN-TUNED FLOPPER IN RICHMOND
RICHMOND, Va., (Oct. 15, 2006) -- Tommy Johnson Jr. and the Skoal Racingsm Monte Carlo team suffered a first round loss Sunday at the Torco Racing Fuels NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park.
That's not what the team had in mind for the day at all.
"It's just really frustrating," Johnson said. "We have such a consistent car and not only is it consistent but it's quick. We're trying to close in on fifth place in the standings and this is definitely a setback. We have two races left and we have to eliminate any mistakes."
Johnson drove his Funny Car to a 4.874 second pass at 299.33 mph, falling short to Cruz Pedregon's 4.841 at 301.67. The team had qualified in the No. 7 position with a 4.788 at 308.92.
"Our performance fell off a lot in the first round and we're going to have to wait until we get back to the shop to see what it was. The information we got from the computer makes us believe there was definitely a mechanical glitch that caused the slower performance."
Now the crew is even more determined to earn a victory in one of the remaining two events this season. The two-week break before the next NHRA event is a welcomed time out.
"I think the way the car is running it's not out of the question for us to earn another win before the year is over," Johnson said. "Mike (Green, crew chief) and I have both talked about it and we will all be disappointed if we don't win at least one of the remaining three events."
They also want to end the season with great performance numbers, in preparation for next year's new point system. Teams will compete to be one of four teams qualified to compete for the championship in the last four events of the season. Then, with just two races remaining, the top two teams will be eligible to compete for the title.
"It's crucial that we do well in the final two events of the season if nothing more than to prepare for next season," Johnson said. "Mike and the guys have done such a great job getting this car to be competitive and we need to try and win a race and get a head start for next year."