Pre-season testing in racing is like spring training for baseball or summer camp for football. The slate is clean, everyone has the same record and sprits are high. You can feel the positive energy in the air.
The Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Mustang Funny Car team has every reason to be positive going into 2014. We made a clutch and a set up change in mid season last year, right before Las Vegas, and everything really came together during the West Coast swing that followed. We reached the finals in Denver and Seattle and then in Chicago we were the first Ford in the threes with a 3.988 and only the third car to do that in Funny Car history.
We had some consistency problems toward the end of the year and just missed making the Countdown, but the changes we made had given us the desired results. So we went into pre-season testing at Palm Beach this year needing to do a better job with the consistency of our car. It’s a very, very fickle machine and requires a lot of work to get these things consistent. I was eager to get the team down there and get in a dozen or more runs using the set up we’re going to run the year with. It’s a big deal.
We had a great first day of testing. There’s nothing like the first side by side run of the year! We made a lot of runs working on the new set up for 2014 and it all came together Friday night when we ran a 4.067 at 314.46 mph, good for 7th quickest of the day.
On the final day of testing, we were one of three teams to post a pass in the four second range with a 4.084 run at 314.39 mph, 6th best of the day.
It was the best opening test session we’ve ever had! Most of what we wanted to test worked as planned. We’re looking forward to building on that momentum in Pomona!