JOLIET, Ill. - It looked as if Federal Mogul Funny Car racer Marc White had everything going his way at this weekend's NHRA Division 3 Federal Mogul Drag Racing Series opener at Route 66 Raceway, just outside of Chicago. He had qualified the ...
JOLIET, Ill. - It looked as if Federal Mogul Funny Car racer Marc White had everything going his way at this weekend's NHRA Division 3 Federal Mogul Drag Racing Series opener at Route 66 Raceway, just outside of Chicago. He had qualified the Etterman Racing 2001 Firebird No. 1 with an elapsed time of 5.688 seconds at 250.69 mph at his hometown track, and looked to be the favorite to win on Sunday. However, changing weather and track conditions threw the team off, as their hopes for victory ended in the semifinals when eventual winner Kirk Williams narrowly edged White out for the round win.
White, from just down the road in Glendale Heights, Ill., took out John Reikas in the first round with a 5.871 at 240.94 before squaring off with Williams in the semifinals. Right off the line, White launched into heavy tireshake. The tireshake was so severe that he was forced to get on and off the throttle to recover the run. That was the break Williams needed to pull off the upset, running a 5.880 at 248.66 to White's 5.908 at 244.12.
"We went out in the first round and shook the tires," said White. "Then we went out in the second round and shook the tires again, I had to pedal it, the other guy went out and made a better run than us, and that was all it took."
Defending Division 3 Champion and No. 2 qualifier Chuck Cheeseman also lost in the semifinals, leaving him in the points lead going into the next stop on the Division 3 series at the famed Indianapolis Raceway Park, May 18-20. White hopes to have the tireshake problem fixed for that race.
"We're just starting to go over all the data, and see if we can figure out what the problem was, and where the mistake was made," stated White. "I just think we missed the tune-up. The air changed today, and the air and track temperature went up, and I just think we missed for those conditions. The window is pretty narrow in one of these things, so if you miss it, it does what it did, and shakes."
"We're just going to go back and take a look at everything we have," White continued. "Put everything back together, and see if we can do a little better."
Stay tuned to Etterman Racing's website EttermanRacing.com</A> for more updates from the team.