Appreciating Sonoma’s Conditions, Anderson is Third on Friday

 Appreciating Sonoma’s Conditions, Anderson is Third on Friday  

Event:  25th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals

Location: Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, California

Day/Date: Friday, July 27, 2012

After battling the thin air and unseasonably warm temperatures in Denver a week ago, Greg Anderson and the Summit Racing team were among many welcoming the horsepower-friendly conditions on Friday at NHRA Sonoma Nationals in Sonoma, Calif., where the sea-level altitude and seventy degree temperatures produced runs that were almost a half-second quicker.

Anderson’s Summit Racing Camaro also responded well to the change in venue, making two runs that were among the best of the “factory hot rods”, with his 6.539-second pass in the evening session placing him third with two sessions remaining on Saturday.  Although fairly pleased with his opening performance, the defending event champion acknowledged that work remained to be done.

“It’s certainly a lot more fun to drive these cars when they’re this fast” said Anderson. “Even though we have yet to make what we would consider a good run, we’re definitely closer than we were a week ago.  To be a hundredth behind with my car and two and a half with the other while making bad runs is not horrible, but we definitely have room for improvement.

“The key, of course, is to make that improvement, so we’re going to keep digging looking for that happy home.  I feel the conditions in the morning should be as good as they were tonight, so we’ll make some big moves and see if we can run quicker.  Today was a decent start, better than we have had at the last few races, but we’re not done.  We’re going to come out with our Summit Racing Camaro tomorrow morning and shoot for the pole.”