Anderson Stays Focused, Eager for Another Day at U.S. Nationals
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., August 30, 2014 – Greg Anderson and his Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro showed marked improvement in terms of elapsed time on the second day of the most anticipated race of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, and the 60th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals will allow two more sessions of qualifying on Sunday for Anderson to improve his position in the line-up before Monday’s Labor Day eliminations.
Anderson entered the second day of the extended race at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis with a 6.643-second pass at 208.10 mph under his belt, and he and his Rob Downing-tuned Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro clicked it up a notch as he raced to a 6.611 at 209.14 mph. The second session was good for a 6.629 at 208.62, and Anderson ended the day in the No. 6 qualifying position.
Although the numbers on the scoreboard were quicker than his previous effort, many of the cars in the field also improved. For Anderson, his advancement fell a bit short of expectations.
“Somehow, what we thought was going to work completely took us the other way,” said Anderson. “We made two moves today on two runs that we thought would make things better, but it seems like we might have made it worse. We’re a little disappointed with day two at Indy, but we still learned. Hopefully, now we have the arrow pointing the right direction and we know what to do for tomorrow.
“I look forward to day three, and hopefully we can make a big move performance-wise and jump up the ladder. We’re going to forget about today, and we’ll have high hopes coming into tomorrow. We just have to get the square pegs in the square holes and the round ones in the round ones.”
Anderson noted that the surging crowds on the hallowed grounds in Indianapolis have been a highlight for himself and the Summit Racing team.
“The crowd here is great, and it’s good to see that drag racing is still so popular here,” said Anderson. “There are a ton of racecars here, and this is the way you remember drag racing at its best. So many cars and so many people. The excitement is in the air, just like it’s always been at Indy.”