Summit Racing–Anderson Looks to Continue Resurgence at U.S. Nationals

Anderson Looks to Continue Resurgence at U.S. Nationals
Mooresville, N.C., August 27, 2013 – The early part of the 2013 season of NHRA’s Mello Yello Drag Racing Series brought about a string of challenges for veteran Pro Stock driver and Summit Racing campaigner Greg Anderson, but the four-time world champion is familiar with challenge and kept his nose to the grindstone. His persistence and the wherewithal of his tireless team look to have negotiated change, and the timing could not be better.
As the Mooresville, N.C.-based group sets up shop at Lucas Oil Raceway, the hallowed grounds of this weekend’s 59th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, Anderson is just short of elated.
“To me, Indy has always been more special than every other one,” said Anderson. “Maybe the pressure to gain a position or two before the Countdown starts has changed that for some people, but it sure hasn’t changed it for me. Indy is the biggest feather in your cap, the coolest race to win. It’s a tough one, but the Summit Racing team always embraces the challenge, and we’ve had a lot of great luck there. It’s a special feeling when you roll in the gate at that joint, and it’s certainly a race that we look forward to every year.”
In preparation for what is lauded as one of the most prestigious and historic events on the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour, Anderson and Team Summit brought their Chevrolet Camaros out for a test session last week at zMAX Dragway near Charlotte, a facility located not too far from their KB Racing shop in Mooresville, N.C.
“We’re excited; we had a week to test our Summit Racing Camaros, and we were on the racetrack three days last week after we left the last race [in Brainerd, Minn.],” said Anderson. “We had a great race in Brainerd, and we’re confident that we’ll have an even better product to bring to the U.S. Nationals. This year has truly been a tough one for this team, and I’m still chasing a win. But now, I’m feeling like we have the opportunity to win a race or two.”
Anderson has been a familiar face in the winner’s circle over the course of a driving career that has spanned 15 years and has amassed 74 national event titles – six of them earned at the U.S. Nationals. This weekend will stand as the 13th time the Minnesota-born competitor has challenged for a coveted Indy title, but the conditions at this season’s event will be somewhat different than in recent recollection.
“It’s going to be very hot there this year, and it hasn’t been that hot in a lot of years at that particular race,” said Anderson, currently seventh in NHRA’s Pro Stock standings. “It will be a different experience, a new kind of challenge, and we’ll have our work cut out for us. But I love this race. A lot of people are intimidated by it because it’s such a big event, and everybody brings something special. Cars seem to run better, and everyone saves something in their tank for this one, so it’s super tough to win. But if I could find a way to win Indy, it would make me forget about the first part of the season. I’d be very happy going into the Countdown.”