Anderson Ready to Rise to the Challenge in Denver
Mooresville, N.C., July 16, 2013 – Greg Anderson and the Summit Racing Pro Stock team have done everything within their power to get a jump start on this weekend’s Mopar Mile-High Nationals in Denver, Colo., an event that presents some of the most challenging conditions on the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour with a high-altitude setting that significantly impacts the naturally aspirated engines.
Anderson’s crew made the trek to Denver’s Bandimere Speedway directly after the most recent event in Norwalk, Ohio, and set up shop. Nearly two-dozen test runs later, the team had a fresh batch of information that will come into play this weekend in the thin, horsepower-robbing air of Denver.
“There are a lot of things that we crossed off the list and were able to determine the Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro didn’t like, so we’ll add up what worked and what didn’t work, and we’ll come up with what we think is the best package,” said Anderson. “Normally, if you don’t test there, you’re in test mode every run trying to find something that works. Hopefully we’re a little bit ahead of the game this time around.”
Anderson and company have made a strong statement in Denver before and, as an experienced, multi-championship winning team, they intend to do so again; the Mooresville, N.C.-based driver has acquired two national event wins and four No. 1 qualifying performances at Bandimere Speedway over the course of his career and will be looking for more.
Although the quarter-mile journeys down the racetrack in Denver are dramatically slower than elsewhere on the tour, winning rounds requires more than masterful tuning – the driver must also be on his game as he moves through the shift points in a manner unique to the mountain.
“It’s just so different, and quite honestly from the driver’s seat of the Summit Racing Chevy Camaro, you don’t realize it’s any slower,” said Anderson. “You have to change the car so drastically so that it will act like it has power that you go through the first four gears quicker than at sea level. It’s hard to believe, but driving the car up there is actually tougher on the driver. It’s a challenge all around, but it’s certainly one that the KB Racing team is willing and excited to rise to.”