Anderson Exploring All Options in Search of St. Louis Success JMooresville, N.C., April 28, 2010 -- To the casual observer, every Pro Stock race car looks essentially the same, differentiated only by their choice of manufacturer. However, as ...
Anderson Exploring All Options in Search of St. Louis Success
JMooresville, N.C., April 28, 2010 -- To the casual observer, every Pro Stock race car looks essentially the same, differentiated only by their choice of manufacturer. However, as anyone involved in the category will tell you, even though two competitors might run the same body style, what lies underneath could be completely different due to the various chassis builders currently supplying vehicles. Although manufactured to the same specifications, each has its own performance characteristics.
It is an area that Greg Anderson and the Summit Racing team have started to explore in their never-ending search for performance. After starting the 2010 Full Throttle season in a brand-new chassis from one manufacturer, Anderson switched to a previously-raced model from another builder prior to the Houston event, which he will use this weekend at the AAA Insurance Midwest NHRA Nationals in Madison, IL. This weekend's event will mark his third race with this particular Summit Racing Pontiac, and although admitting they are still learning its intricacies, the 2004 Madison champion is pleased with the early results.
"Every builder has their own design, and what they feel is the best chassis in America, and on any given weekend, each one can certainly prove it," stated Anderson. "Their cars are all slightly different and seem to take to different types of racetracks. What this Summit Racing team had gotten into is that even though our cars were great at some tracks, they just didn't have a big enough tuning window to where they would be good at all of them. At this point we're looking for consistency more than just being the fastest on a particular Sunday, which is why we switched chassis.
"Although it is still a learning process, the good news is that we believe we've gotten close to finding this particular Summit Racing Pontiac's happy spot. That could certainly change by going to a different track, but the car seems to have a bigger tuning window, and is a little more forgiving, which allows you to be slightly off without it being catastrophic. It's good to be able to race on Sunday without worrying about whether or not it will make it out of low gear.
"It's too early to declare it a success, but it's definitely showing promise. It's been on two racetracks so far, and has been fairly consistent on both of them, which is something we've been lacking. This weekend at Gateway will be a different surface yet again, but I really think it's going to be a good car. Most importantly, we hope to take some of the things we've learned from it and apply them to both Jason's (Summit Racing teammate Line) and Ronnie's (Humphrey, Anderson's brother-in-law who is leasing a KB chassis) cars, improving their tuning windows."
This weekend, Anderson and the rest of the "factory hot rods" will look to tame the racing surface at Gateway International Raceway. Located in Madison, IL just across the Mississippi river from St. Louis, this multipurpose motorsports facility has been a part of the NHRA's professional tour since 1997. With one win, four final round appearances and a solid 24-11 elimination round record in his previous 12 visits, it has long been one of the Concord, NC resident's favorite stops.
"Gateway has always been a track that I liked going to," said Anderson. "I think it's because I did well there from the very start for reasons I'm not quite sure of. I may not have won, but I went to the semifinals and was the runner-up in Madison when I didn't quite yet belong there, so it naturally became one of my favorites, and it still is.
"It's got a good, solid racing surface where it all comes down to how well you execute. You can run good and fast with no excuses, which is the type of track I love. I've only won once there but I've gone a lot of rounds, so it's one of the places I look forward to going to.
"We've made some changes to our Summit Racing Pontiac so it will be more comfortable for me to drive, which will be a big plus. After stumbling in the first few races, the team is headed in the right direction with the cars, and I think we are definitely improving. It's still a work in progress, but I do believe we'll have a better product in St. Louis than we've had all year. We may not go out and dominate, but I think we're going to keep moving forward. Let's just say I like our chances."
-source: kb racing