Jerry Toliver Qualifies ROCKSTAR Energy Drink Funny Car at St. Louis Jerry Toliver and his new ROCKSTAR Energy Drink Toyota Solara Funny Car team may have given the competition a four-race head start, but they proved they are ready to fight...
Jerry Toliver Qualifies ROCKSTAR Energy Drink Funny Car at St. Louis
Jerry Toliver and his new ROCKSTAR Energy Drink Toyota Solara Funny Car team may have given the competition a four-race head start, but they proved they are ready to fight back Saturday at Gateway International Raceway after Toliver earned his first 2007 starting spot.
Limited to just two qualifying attempts after rain wiped out Friday's two runs, Toliver ended the day with a 4.966-second elapsed time at 300.80 mph that placed him 14th in the 16-car field and brought high-fives from the crew. It 's the Temecula, Calif.-based driver's first start since his return from a two-year hiatus.
"We are very pleased to get in; very excited to get into our first race," said Toliver. "The ROCKSTAR guys have been very patient and I want to give them something back, so maybe Sunday we can go some rounds."
Toliver races Ashley Force (No. 3, 4.853 at 309.70) in the first round.
"The issue for us this year has always been laps," added Toliver. "The other drivers have at least 50 laps more (experience) than we do this year and they are way ahead of us. We joined the circuit in Las Vegas (April 13, two races ago). We have a great team. We have a great sponsor.
"Our program just took us some time to get us to this point where we can run. We didn't get stellar numbers in qualifying but we got good race-day numbers. We got down a hot race track, which is important, and we need to work on our Friday night qualifying performance. That's something we haven't had the chance to look at yet, but that'll come."
"It's a tough field out there," Toliver continued. "My God, Funny Car is tough. But we have way too much talent here to not be contenders."