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O'Bannon looking forward to first TAFC start at home track FONTANA, Calif. - Former NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster standout Sean O'Bannon will be making his first career start behind the wheel of the Tequila Patron/Forest River RV's Dodge Charger Top...

O'Bannon looking forward to first TAFC start at home track

FONTANA, Calif. - Former NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster standout Sean O'Bannon will be making his first career start behind the wheel of the Tequila Patron/Forest River RV's Dodge Charger Top Alcohol Funny Car at his home track, Auto Club Dragway at California Speedway in Fontana, Calif. O'Bannon, who finished second nationally last season in the team's dragster, recently completed his cross-grade licensing in Las Vegas and is eager to compete in his new class.

O'Bannon, 28, of Fontana, hopes to use the weekend as a learning experience and a stepping stone to being a competitive player in the class.

"We hope to use this weekend to learn the car," said O'Bannon. "We've done some testing, and we're just taking it one step at a time. If everything lines up and we qualify for the field, that will be great. Bottom line is we just need laps to get this Tequila Patron/Forest River RV's team to where we need to be. I need laps as a driver to adjust to these Funny Cars. My father Jack has put together an excellent team, and with Sam Shockley and Randy Anderson in our corner, it's exciting every time we go to the track."

The race also marks the first time that both Jack O'Bannon Racing Funny Cars will be in competition. Former Super Comp national event winner Alexis De Joria is the driver of the team's other Top Alcohol Funny Car.

"It's a good thing for the team to have two cars going into competition," stated O'Bannon. "We can gather twice the data. It will also be good for Alexis and myself to get feedback from each other driving one of these cars. This is a learning experience for both of us, and it will be good to learn as a team."

Qualifying begins on Friday for the alcohol categories and will conclude on Saturday with two sessions. Final eliminations will conclude the event on Sunday.

-credit: tpm

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