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Anderson Pleased with Good Start for Summit Racing on First Day in Indy

Brian Jessen
ISR Editor

BROWNSBURG, IN – The first day of qualifying at the biggest and most historic race on NHRA’s Mello Yello Drag Racing tour is in the books, with Summit Racing Pro Stock driver Greg Anderson holding down the No. 4 position at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway and looking to move up with four more qualifying sessions remaining.

The Mooresville, N.C.-based driver seemed to have little trouble addressing the challenging, hot and humid conditions and drove his white Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro to a 6.675 at 206.80 mph in the single allotted run on the first day of the event.

“Today was definitely not a bad start,” said Anderson. “Obviously, these are tough, tough conditions, with the heat holding back power for these Pro Stock engines. Everybody struggled a little bit out there, and we didn’t make great runs, but we’re still right in the hunt. That’s a good feeling after the first day. So we’ll make some changes and then come back tomorrow and try harder. It’s going to be almost as hot out there, and hopefully we can manage the racetrack a little bit better.”

Temperatures soared above 90 degrees Fahrenheit and the air was thick with humidity, not only slowing down the racecars but also draining the energy of race teams.

“It’s a challenge to work in these conditions, sure, but it’s the same for everyone,” said Anderson. “At the end of the day, somebody is going to have the car that runs the fastest, and somebody is going to win the race. It’s not going to say anything in the record book about how hot it was or how much the guys on the team had to sweat through it. You’ve got to motor through and just act like the conditions are perfect out there. You do the best you can. As for today, we certainly aren’t disappointed. We’ve had a decent start, and we think we can run a lot better. We’re looking forward to tomorrow.”

Event Schedule (All Times Eastern):
Saturday, August 31:
Two qualifying sessions at 2:30 & 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 1:
Two qualifying sessions at 11:00 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.

Monday, September 2:
Final eliminations starting with Top Fuel at 11:00 a.m.

Television Coverage (All coverage on ESPN2 – all times Eastern):

Qualifying:
Sunday, September 1:
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Eliminations:
Monday, September 2:
12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m.

Writers Note: We are going to try and catch up with Greg Anderson this weekend.  Stay tuned. – BMJ

Brian Jessen is Editor-in-Chief of the Indy Sports Report. Follow Brian and the Indy Sports Report on Twitter.

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