Troy Coughlin Indy ORP Sunday notes

Troy Coughlin optimistic after first outing under new rules INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 2) -- The mood around "Turbo Troy" Coughlin's JEGS.com Pro Mod pit was surprisingly upbeat Sunday afternoon despite the group coming up just short in its bid to make...

Troy Coughlin optimistic after first outing under new rules

INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 2) -- The mood around "Turbo Troy" Coughlin's JEGS.com Pro Mod pit was surprisingly upbeat Sunday afternoon despite the group coming up just short in its bid to make the elimination field of the 53rd annual U.S. Nationals.

Racing under brand-new rules for turbo-charged entries in the AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge for the first time, Coughlin and crew weren't sure what to expect coming into Indianapolis Raceway Park. In the end, the have a bunch more data than they did at the start of the weekend and their anxious to conitinue to tame their rocket-fast Pontiac GTO.

"We came into the race knowing we needed to increase our wheel speed down low and we accomplished that without question," Coughlin said. "We just need to control it now and we'll do that through chassis adjustments and utilizing different gear ratios.

"We're doing something, or trying to do something, that no one has ever down before so every run is progress in my mind. We came here to get in the field and race for the trophy and we missed that goal. But, we did get to make some big runs down a track that is prepared to NHRA specifications for a national event. That's what it takes to get better."

A new rule implemented prior to this event allows for bigger motors, three-disc clutches, and manual transmissions for all turbo-charged cars competing in the class. This is the first year turbo cars have been allowed to run at all with Coughlin leading the way.

-credit: team jegs

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