Tucson pre-season test report 2003-01-24

Force, Schumacher, Marnell lead Friday's NHRA pre-season testing at Tucson. TUCSON, Ariz. -- John Force was the only NHRA nitro category competitor to make a run past half-track Friday during the opening day for Southwestern International ...

Force, Schumacher, Marnell lead Friday's NHRA pre-season testing at Tucson.

TUCSON, Ariz. -- John Force was the only NHRA nitro category competitor to make a run past half-track Friday during the opening day for Southwestern International Raceway's PRO Warmup. NHRA teams are utilizing the three-day test session in preparation for the 2003 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season, which opens Feb. 6-9 at Pomona (Calif.) Raceway near Los Angeles. The $2 million race, which will be televised on ESPN2, is the first of 23 events in the $50 million series.

The test session continues Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m. each day. After a broken pulley aborted Force's first attempt at the starting line, he returned to close out the day's testing activities by navigating his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang down the quarter-mile with a planned 1,000-foot shutoff run of 5.342 seconds at 201.76 mph. Before he clicked the engine he reached the 1,000-foot mark in 4.318 seconds.

Force teammate Gary Densham also made two attempts in his Mustang that were aborted early, including a best 60-foot time of .896.

Johnny Gray (.909 60-foot) and Dean Skuza (.911 60-foot) also made attempts in Funny Car. Schumacher and Clay Millican were the only Top Fuel competitors to make runs, as Schumacher logged a pair of consistent 60-foot times (.870 and .871) in his U.S. Army dragster. Schumacher clocked a 5.394 at 183.62 for the best quarter-mile attempt of the day for a dragster, which included a 4.265-second 1,000-foot time. Millican posted two .869 60-foot times in his Werner Enterprises dragster.

George Marnell was the quick Pro Stock competitor making four runs in his Pontiac Grand Am, the quickest a 7.149 second effort at 193.79 mph.

The following includes stats from each NHRA pro competitor that participated in testing Friday at the PRO Warmup at Southwestern International Raceway: <pre> TOP FUEL 60-ft 330-ft 660-ft 660-mph 1000-ft 1/4ET 1/4mph Clay Millican .869 2.700 5.317 79.74 8.465 11.752 63.92 RL Tony Schumacher .870 2.588 4.967 87.61 7.749 10.430 81.14 RL Clay Millican .869 2.700 5.317 79.74 8.465 11.752 63.92 LL Tony Schumacher .871 2.244 3.223 242.10 4.265 5.394 183.62 LL

FUNNY CAR Gary Densham .896 2.896 5.490 86.60 8.183 10.724 87.30 LL Gary Densham .913 2.776 5.106 93.39 7.790 10.482 80.51 LL Johnny Gray .909 2.434 4.077 128.74 6.057 8.10 101.77 RL Dean Skuza .911 2.453 4.157 124.73 6.112 8.10 105.70 RL John Force .882 2.347 3.369 245.23 4.318 5.342 201.76 LL John Force First run attempt shut off at starting line (broken pulley)

PRO STOCK George Marnell 1.076 3.222 5.773 86.74 8.515 11.206 79.77 RL George Marnell 1.075 3.000 4.605 153.39 5.986 7.149 193.79 RL George Marnell 1.081 3.010 4.621 152.76 6.009 7.179 192.88 RL George Marnell 1.064 3.007 4.629 152.07 6.022 7.193 192.60 RL

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Series NHRA
Drivers Clay Millican , Dean Skuza , John Force , Tony Schumacher , Gary Densham , George Marnell , Johnny Gray