Summit Racing–Anderson Prepared for Dogfight on Raceday in Indy

Anderson Prepared for Dogfight on Raceday in Indy
BROWNSBURG, Ind., September 1, 2013 – Summit Racing Pro Stock driver Greg Anderson is getting a real kick out of the 59th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals this year, with each day of the extended event proving to be better than the last. The Mooresville, N.C.-based driver and six-time Indy winner is hoping he saved the best for last as Monday eliminations come into view.
On the final day of qualifying, Anderson put together two great runs to solidify a start from the No. 4 position and a first-round match with Greg Stanfield at the biggest and most prestigious race on NHRA’s Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. Anderson opened the day with a qualifying best 6.640 at 208.10 mph and finished with an equally impressive 6.645, 207.88 that was third quickest of the session for the Pro Stockers and came with a bonus qualifying point.
As has been the case many times this season, Mother Nature once again played a role in the first two days of qualifying, bringing blazing temperatures and water-logged air followed by buckets of rain and hail that fully eliminated one of the five scheduled sessions. Sunday, however, brought about some relief in the form of slightly cooler air and a bit of a cloud cover.
“The weather was a curveball today, but in the right direction,” said Anderson, who recorded a 6.675 at 206.80 in the first session on Friday and followed up with a 6.718, 205.63 on Saturday before rain washed away the third session.
“It was just so sticky and hot the last two days that it was difficult to get our Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaros to do what we wanted them to do, and obviously the racetrack wasn’t good either because it was too hot. We got a big change today with the weather, and the racetrack got a lot better because it was 10 degrees cooler. The motors came alive and made more power, and that made for runs that were a whole lot better and cleaner.
“It was just easier to tune the cars, and the KB Racing team did a good job today. We definitely showed promise, and I think we can do even better tomorrow. It’s going to be a real dogfight out there – there are a lot of fast cars, but my teammate Jason Line and I have two of them. That’s a good feeling going into raceday.”
Anderson’s most recent meeting with scheduled first round opponent Stanfield was in Bristol earlier this season, when he ousted the Louisiana-based driver in the first round on his way to a semifinals finish. On Monday, Anderson’s goal will be to eliminate Stanfield once more and then bring home as many round wins as possible in order to gain prime positioning as the Countdown to the Championship kicks off at the next race on the tour in two weeks.
“Tomorrow looks promising for Team Summit,” said Anderson. “Jason and I are on opposite sides of the ladder, and we have two strong cars. We’ve got a good chance tomorrow to run for Indy gold. You just never know, it could be a good day tomorrow.”