A Reenergized Anderson is Ready to Attack in Seattle Mooresville, N.C., July 7, 2010 -- There is one element in any racing operation that cannot be purchased, fabricated or even seen, yet it is vital to any on-track success. Some teams will ...
A Reenergized Anderson is Ready to Attack in Seattle
Mooresville, N.C., July 7, 2010 -- There is one element in any racing operation that cannot be purchased, fabricated or even seen, yet it is vital to any on-track success. Some teams will bemoan the lack of it, while others will quickly cite it as one of the greatest benefits of a strong showing. This elusive ingredient is confidence, a belief in oneself and one's powers or abilities.
Coming off an impressive performance in Norwalk, Ohio, which saw him capture both the K&N Horsepower Challenge and the national event win, Summit Racing Pro Stock ace Greg Anderson is naturally brimming with confidence. Even so, both he and his team are making sure to maintain the proper perspective heading into this weekend's NHRA Northwest Nationals in Kent, WA.
"I feel like a new man after Norwalk," said Anderson. "After the year I had up to that point both on and off the track I felt like I had aged 10 years, but the success our Summit racing team had that weekend took them all off. Now I'm like a kid again, ready to go out, have fun and win races.
"However, I'm not about to be overconfident, because that would be a mistake. As the saying goes, you're only as good as your last race, so we know we have to go out and prove ourselves all over again this weekend in Seattle. We're hoping we'll be in even better shape after having a weekend back at the shop to work on our cars, and are looking to have a great Western Swing."
With this weekend's tilt in the Evergreen State, the Full Throttle Drag Racing Series will kick off its traditional "Western Swing", featuring three races in successive weekends in Seattle, Sonoma, CA and Denver, CO. During that time, the KB Racing transporters will cover nearly 6,500 miles traversing the country, leaving very little time for the team to perform much more than simple between-race maintenance. As a result, the Anderson-led crew worked through the holiday weekend making sure every component was in perfect working order, as well as planning for any contingencies that might arise over the course of the next three weeks.
"The biggest difference between the Western Swing and any other series of back-to-back races is that we don't have the option of going back to our shop in Mooresville to work on our Summit Racing Pontiacs," said Anderson. "Knowing that we will be pretty much locked in to whatever we have when the trucks leave the shop, the entire team worked a lot of long hours making sure we were ready to go. That's where the positive energy from last week's win really helped, keeping everyone motivated throughout the week."
As Anderson looks to win consecutive races for the first time since 2008, he is buoyed not only by the knowledge that his team is continuing to make progress with their performance, but that his friend and mentor, team owner Ken Black, is making similar strides in his recovery. Although the news is favorable on both fronts, the three-time champion knows there is still work to be done.
"We're as excited as we have been all year, and want to build on that win," said Anderson. "Still, I see our Summit Racing team as a work in progress because we're not yet where we want to be. The good news is that for the last 4-5 weeks we have been moving forward, which is all we can really ask for.
"It's a lot like what Ken is going through right now. He's getting better every day, and is closer than ever to joining us at the track. However, just as he is not going to heal overnight, neither are we going to get back to the top in a couple days. It's a long and tedious process for both of us, but fortunately, we're keeping our nose to the grindstone, pushing that bar higher every day, just like he is with his rehab.
"We're certainly not satisfied with that one win, but getting back to the winner's circle is not going to be easy. The competition is extremely tough, and we'll need to catch a few breaks along the way, just as we did in Norwalk. Hopefully we can do that and notch another win for Team Summit. We're heading to Seattle with smiles on our faces."
-source: kb racing