VIPsports.com Suffers the "Lane Choice Blues"-- Milford, Michigan. The April 21 -- 23 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Indianapolis Raceway Park was an unforeseen bonus for the VIPsports.com team. Postponed from an earlier date that ...
VIPsports.com Suffers the "Lane Choice Blues"--
Milford, Michigan. The April 21 -- 23 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Indianapolis Raceway Park was an unforeseen bonus for the VIPsports.com team. Postponed from an earlier date that conflicted with a national event, the race provided an opportunity to try out some new parts, rack up some championship points and give Superman a tryout for the team.
Even while trying new combinations of parts and set-ups, Danny Townsend managed to qualify the VIPsports.com Dodge Stratus Top Alcohol Funny Car in the number one spot before ending up as number two, by an ever-so-slight margin. After huddling with Townsend, Frank Parker and his co-chief/father, Dan Parker, decided that the less-than-ideal track conditions required the original race parts and settings. With that, Superman, a.k.a. Jack, Frank's four year old son, raced over to the track, red cape streaming behind him, and used his "heat vision" to clean the track. The set-up change and "super" track cleaning allowed Townsend to better utilize his power and make it to the semi-final round. But there just wasn't enough allowance for lane choice and the team had to face Chuck Cheesman's Camaro in the lane that had been causing grief all weekend.
When the tree went green, Townsend put a .028 hole shot on the Camaro, but still couldn't get the Mopar Hemi's power harnessed. While Townsend's mount danced and moved him around on the track, Cheeseman used a smooth run to make up the starting line difference and clip the Dodge Stratus' 5.784 E.T. by .059. The top speeds were identical, at 252.43 mph. Cheeseman wisely chose the same lane for the final and handily defeated Mick Snyder, who experienced track problems even worse than those of the VIPsports.com car.
Parker wasn't at all dismayed by the race results. "With the data collected this weekend, we now have "good track -- bad track" comparisons and enough information to deal with either." He and Townsend agreed that their next race, the May 4 -- 7 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, in Atlanta, Georgia, is going to be a good one.