Fan Appreciation at the Top of Line’s List on Saturday in Indy
Event: 58th annual Mac Tools NHRA U.S. Nationals
Location: Lucas Oil Raceway, Clermont, Ind.
Day/Date: Saturday, September 1, 2012
For Summit Racing driver Jason Line, the second day of qualifying at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, Ind. was more about the loyalty of the many Full Throttle Drag Racing fans who came out to Lucas Oil Raceway than it was about the performance of his race car. As expected, Hurricane Isaac had a severe impact on the day’s events, with rain showers delaying the start of the day’s activities by several hours and eventually curtailing the “factory hot rods” to a single attempt due to excessive moisture on the race track.
After carding a 6.680-second, 206.67 mph run in the late afternoon session, the reigning Pro Stock champion, who remained fourth, was more inclined to acknowledge the support of the fans who remained at the track throughout the delay in order to see whatever on-track action occurred.
“I have to admit a lot of these fans are tougher than I am, because I don’t know if I could have withstood everything they went through today,” said Line. “These are hard-core fans, and I really want to thank them for sticking the day out with us.
“I also have to commend the NHRA for calling tonight’s second session. The last thing we want to have happen is getting anyone hurt. It’s better to err on the conservative side so everyone will have a race car to use tomorrow. Unfortunately, we did not make a very good run on the one attempt we did make, so I’m hoping we get another chance tomorrow so we can dial in this Summit Racing Camaro. Although the forecast is similar to what we had today, there is always the possibility that we can get the day in, much like we did today.”