Sean O'Bannon Topeka preview

O'Bannon ready for national event debut with a new look in Topeka TOPEKA, Kan. - NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car rookie Sean O'Bannon has his eyes set on a strong national event debut for the Tequila Patron/Forest River RV's backed team during this...

O'Bannon ready for national event debut with a new look in Topeka

TOPEKA, Kan. - NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car rookie Sean O'Bannon has his eyes set on a strong national event debut for the Tequila Patron/Forest River RV's backed team during this weekend's O'Reilly Summer Nationals presented by Castrol GTX at Heartland Park in Topeka, Kan. O'Bannon will make his national event debut behind the wheel of a Funny Car at the same track he won Top Alcohol Dragster honors last year. His 2007 Dodge Charger will also be adorned in the orange and black colors of Patron Reposado line of Tequila while teammate Alexis De Joria will carry the familiar green and black colors of Patron Silver.

O'Bannon, 28, of Fontana, Calif., is eager to get his Sam Shockley and Randy Anderson tuned machine on a national event track. Earlier in the month the team made their competition debut at a Division 7 event in Fontana, Calif., where the team qualified for a tough eight car show and nearly won the first round.

"I am a new funny car driver and this is a new car," said O'Bannon. "But we have some really experienced Crew Chiefs here at Jack O'Bannon Racing that have a history of tuning some fast hot rods. So as a driver, it's exciting for me to get behind the wheel of a car tuned by them on a national event prepped track. We gathered some good data at our first race in Fontana a few weeks ago, and we're looking forward to making some more laps this weekend."

O'Bannon also cites that fans won't have a problem telling the two team cars apart this weekend.

"When we came out earlier in the year I had the dragster and Alexis drove the Funny Car," explained O'Bannon. "So we both went with the Patron green and black colors. Now that we're both racing in Funny Car, we'll be promoting the Patron Reposado line of Tequila. My car will be orange and black now, with her's being the green and black. We're really looking forward to this weekend."

-credit: jor

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