GM Performance Parts Crew's Efforts are Rewarded with a Semi-final Finish in Seattle After spending a long, hard week working on their race car, Warren Johnson and the GM Performance Parts GTO Racing team saw their hard work pay off as they ...
GM Performance Parts Crew's Efforts are Rewarded with a Semi-final Finish in Seattle
After spending a long, hard week working on their race car, Warren Johnson and the GM Performance Parts GTO Racing team saw their hard work pay off as they advanced to the semi-finals of today's Schuck's Auto Supply Nationals in Kent, WA.
Starting from the 10th position, Johnson was consistently among the best on race day, with his elapsed times among the best in each round. In the first round, The Professor combined a stellar .011 reaction time with a strong 6.757-second, 204.76 mph run to trailer the most recent Pro Stock winner on the POWERade tour, David Connolly.
After besting close friend and veteran racer Larry Morgan in the second round, the final obstacle between Johnson and the 150th final round appearance of his career was No. 3 qualifier Allen Johnson. Despite racing in the heat of the day without the luxury of lane choice, Johnson recorded his best elapsed time and top speed of eliminations at 6.753-seconds, 205.10 mph, which was also the best of the four Pro Stock cars in the round. Unfortunately, it came up eight thousandths of a second shy of overcoming his opponent's starting line advantage, who used a 6.765-second, 204.17 mph pass to gain the narrow victory.
Despite missing the chance to potentially add another win to his already impressive resume, Johnson was still pleased with his team's performance in the Pacific Northwest.
"The tremendous effort put forth by everyone on this GM Performance Parts team has finally started to pay off. The big thing is that not only did our GTO keep going down the racetrack, but we could make changes to it and predict the results those changes would produce based on the condition and temperature of the race track.
"For example, in the semifinals, we knew the track had gotten hotter and saw the Fuel cars going up in smoke ahead of us, so we made a few adjustments. It responded extremely well and ran low elapsed time of the round. Knowing what we do now, I could have probably made an additional few minor changes and picked it up even further to where we could have won the round.
"The bottom line is that we are starting to go in a direction that's going to bear some fruit. Therefore, we will continue to fine tune this GTO for the balance of the year, trying to capitalize on what we have learned. I believe that if we can keep on this game plan, we should hopefully end up in the middle of the Top 10 by the end of the year, which, considering the position we have put ourselves in over the last few races before today, would be a pretty monumental accomplishment. Overall, this was a very encouraging weekend, giving us something we can work with from here on out."