Alund Starting No. 8 in Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS, Nev., March 29, 2014 – Sunday will be a day of firsts for Sweden’s Jimmy Alund, who will be competing on raceday in Las Vegas for the first time in his career behind the wheel of a Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro. He will also be starting from the top half of the field for the first time as an NHRA Pro Stock driver.
Alund, the No. 8 qualifier, put two solid runs in the books on the first day of the event, wheeling the red Summit Racing Camaro to a 6.639-second pass at 208.49 mph in the first session and a 6.654, 208.39 in the last pass on Friday. On Saturday, the multi-time European Pro Stock champ clocked a pair of consistent passes, racing to a 6.673, 207.72 followed by a 6.677, 207.98.
“This weekend has actually been really good so far,” said Alund. “It’s the first time I have qualified in the top half of the field, and we are No. 8, so I’m happy. I feel comfortable. I think we are going to improve tomorrow – we made some changes during qualifying and some of them worked, so I’m feeling good.”
Alund will race Vincent Nobile in the first round of eliminations, a somewhat unfortunate draw as young Nobile is an engine customer for Team Summit’s KB Racing.
“That is the downside, but overall, it’s very nice to be here at this race,” said Alund. “I met a lot of really nice people from Summit Racing today, and that was a lot of fun. I’m still trying for my first round win, and hopefully it comes tomorrow here at the Summit race. It was also really nice to have Greg here to work with for the first time this year. We have fun, and having him here is really great.”