INDIANAPOLIS – Long before Dave Connolly got behind the wheel of a Pro Stock car, the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series star knew the importance of the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.
With three career Pro Stock victories at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, Connolly has also managed to put his own name into the rich history book of the world’s most prestigious drag race, last winning the event in 2012. After not competing at the event a year ago, Connolly has a chance to add to his growing Indy legacy and will chase his fourth victory at the illustrious race at this weekend’s 60th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.
“Even when I was a kid growing up, I knew that Indy was the race everybody put up on a pedestal,” Connolly said. “Even though I’m of a younger generation, I still grew up in an era where that was the hugest race of the year. Other than the world championship, that’s the trophy you want in the trophy case. One of my first national events was getting to run Super Comp at Indy, and I thought that was the greatest thing ever.”
Currently in fifth place during the 2014 season with one victory and two final round appearances, Connolly feels good about how his Charter Communications Chevy Camaro has performed. But things have a chance to get even better for the 23-time Pro Stock winner heading into the Countdown based on his previous history at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.
Despite the added pressure and spotlight the race brings, Connolly has always found a comfort level at the event, leading to some of the most impressive performances of his career.
“I don’t know how to explain it, other than to say that every racer has certain tracks where they tend to do well,” Connolly said. “That’s one of those tracks that has come to our liking, and that definitely helps you perform on Monday. I feel very confident in the car, and I think we have a really good handle on it. Everything is starting to click at the right time and it should be a very fun and exciting Countdown.”