Seattle: Warren Johnson preview

Starting 14th, WJ Hopes for a Successful Launch in Seattle Warren Johnson and the GM Performance Parts GXP crew had their hands full during qualifying for the Schuck's Auto Supply Nationals in Seattle, WA, battling to find the right set-up ...

Starting 14th, WJ Hopes for a Successful Launch in Seattle

Warren Johnson and the GM Performance Parts GXP crew had their hands full during qualifying for the Schuck's Auto Supply Nationals in Seattle, WA, battling to find the right set-up through all four rounds of qualifying. Although they were able to post a representative 6.654-second time in Saturday's early session to earn the fourteenth starting position, The Professor acknowledged further improvement would be necessary in order to contend for the win on Sunday.

Fortunately, horsepower is not a concern, as evidenced by Johnson's 209.23 mph top speed, which was fourth best in Pro Stock. In fact, their attention for Sunday will be squarely focused on the early part of their runs, where they have worked tirelessly throughout the weekend trying to get their car to launch smoothly. Armed with reams of tuning information from previous successes on the Kent quarter-mile, Johnson and crew girded themselves a long night of studying their notes in order to come up with an effective tune-up for race day.

"We just haven't found the right combination to get the car off the starting line. Given the atmospheric conditions we have here at Pacific Raceways, our GM Performance Parts GXP has a tremendous amount of power, and we just haven't been able to calm it down enough to take advantage of it.

"We usually get in trouble about 40 feet off the starting line, which is where we have the maximum power, and it simply overpowers the track. Fortunately, it doesn't seem to be that far off, so if we can find a way to settle it down, we should be in good shape. We definitely have our work cut out for us, but I believe we're up to the task."

-credit: j2r

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