Learning as He Goes, Line Opens Sonoma Qualifying in Sixth
Event: 25th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals
Location: Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, California
Day/Date: Friday, July 27, 2012
This weekend’s NHRA Sonoma Nationals in Sonoma, Calif marks only the fifth race for reigning Pro Stock champion Jason Line with his new Summit Racing Camaro. As such, the team is still in the process of determining their new mount’s performance envelope, allowing them to extract the maximum under a variety of conditions. Even so, Line and the KB Racing crew were able to open their qualifying effort at Sonoma Raceway with two solid runs, highlighted by their 6.550-second, 210.64 mph pass in the evening session, which placed them sixth midway through the qualifying procedure.
“Normally, these are our type of conditions, but we’ve been testing a lot of things lately, trying to learn more about this Summit Racing Camaro,” said Line. “Basically, we’re seeing if we can find its happy spot. We definitely don’t have it where it needs to be at the moment, and it takes a lot of time to get there. Unfortunately, people are comparing its performance to that of our old car, which had over a thousand runs on it and was completely dialed in.
“It’s going to take a little time for us to get it there, so our goal for right now is to get it to be competitive. I feel like we’re getting closer, and we’re certainly getting there with Greg’s (teammate Anderson) car. We would certainly prefer to be higher than sixth, but we have two attempts remaining tomorrow, and I believe tonight’s run showed that we are directionally correct, giving us something to build on.”