Tony Gillig and the Gillig Motorsports team headed into the Mac Tools Gatornationals with hope of a better finish than Pomona and Phoenix. After all Team Gillig could only improve and improve they did. After spending time trying a new ...
Tony Gillig and the Gillig Motorsports team headed into the Mac Tools Gatornationals with hope of a better finish than Pomona and Phoenix. After all Team Gillig could only improve and improve they did.
After spending time trying a new cylinder head combination and not being able to qualify, Bob Gillig, crew chief and car owner, decided to go back to the set up that put Gillig in the # 10 spot at Memphis in 1999 and earned them their first round win.
Friday's qualifying went extremely well, Gillig ran a 6.925 at 198.68 and put the Oldsmobile in the #9 spot. Gillig was very happy to say the least. "We made a pretty good run but the funny thing is there was more in it. We couldn't be happier than right now because of all the hard we put into this thing in the last 2 months. Don't forget, this is a 2 man operation. Friday night Gillig ran a quicker 6.923 at 198.54 which put Gillig # 6 for the session, # 11 overall. Gillig's 6.923 run was is worse air conditions and could have ran a 6.90 if he had made that run Friday morning when the conditions we're better. Regardless, Gillig was very pleased. We are happy to know we have the power to run with the big dogs and now it is up to us to make good runs to keep putting our Oldsmobile in the show."
After the dust cleared Saturday night Gillig was the #11 qualifier and drew the #6 qualifier, Bruce Allen in the Reher and Morrison Pontiac. Unfortunately Gillig did not advance as Allen took the win by .006 of a second. Gillig was a bit disappointed. "I feel we had a good car on race day we just feel a bit short. I could have made up the difference in the tree. I will promise you one thing, that won't happen again. I will wear out my reaction time simulator by the time we hit Vegas!"
Gillig was quick to thank Jon Kaase Racing Engines for all their help in the recent quest for more horsepower. Gillig was very pleased with the performance of his RJ Racecars Oldsmobile and Ram Clutch. "We start to second guess our equipment and knowledge when we don't run fast, however, our engine, car and clutch worked flawlessly in Gainesville thanks to my very competent crew chief Bob Gillig, a.k.a. DAD!"
Team Gillig anxiously awaits the inaugural event in Las Vegas. According to Gillig, since the track is new no one has a log book with ten years of runs in it to help them read track conditions every day. Hopefully with that in mind this race will be a very level playing field for all who attend. Las Vegas is a great city and we look forward to bringing some excitement to the people of Las Vegas outside the casino and on the racetrack.