Summit Racing–Anderson Pleased with Strong Raceday Run at NHRA Finals

Anderson Pleased with Strong Raceday Run at NHRA Finals
Pomona, Calif., November 10, 2013 – Summit Racing Pro Stock driver Greg Anderson was flying high after making an exceptionally strong run in the first round of eliminations at the 49th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. For Anderson, the possibility of winning the event was truly awakened in that moment, and although he was unable to achieve his goal, he puts the 2013 season of NHRA’s Mello Yello Drag Racing Series behind him with the knowledge that he and the Summit Racing team are armed for an even better future.
Anderson qualified in the No. 11 position and was energized heading into raceday at the final event of 24 on the tour. He clocked a stout .019-second reaction time in his first round meeting with V. Gaines here in Pomona and went straight down the track in his Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro to record a 6.537 at 212.09 mph that was the third-quickest pass of the round.
“That was probably the best run I’ve made all year,” said Anderson, who had a season of challenge that culminated in missing out on a win for the first time since the year 2000. “It felt great to get that e.t. slip after that first run; I just haven’t had any news like that all year. It was a great feeling, and even though our success didn’t continue today, it was still a major breakthrough for the Summit Racing team. We are finally getting some performance out of my Summit Racing Chevy. That makes us feel very, very good.”
In the second round, Anderson forfeited lane choice to eventual event winner Rickie Jones. Soon after leaving the starting line, Anderson’s Camaro began to shake the tires. His 10.800-second run was no match for his opponent’s 6.546, and his season came to an early end.
“It’s disappointing that my streak came to an end, and we really wanted that championship for Summit Racing and our team owner Ken Black, but my teammate [Jason Line] and I are excited,” said Anderson, who ended the season in the No. 8 spot. “The whole KB Racing team is, because we’re going into the off-season on a positive note. We have something under the hood, we know that, and we plan to keep building on that. We’ve got a lot of work to do this winter, a lot of things to change, but we will definitely be better next year. We’re anxious for the challenge.
“This Summit Racing team is very capable, but we just didn’t have a good enough product on the racetrack this year to win races and championships. We know we’ve got to be better, and we’re going to use these next two and a half months to do just that. We’ve learned a lot these last couple of months, and today we learned even more, so we’re on a full court press from here until February to raise the bar on the performance level of our cars. We’re looking forward to the challenge. The clock starts now.”