PHOENIX – NHRA drivers took the opportunity to shake off the rust at the preseason test session at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park Jan. 30–Feb. 2.
Defending Top Fuel world champion Steve Torrence showed no sign of slowing down by setting the quickest pass of the session.
Torrence piloted his Capco Contractors/Torrence Racing dragster to a 3.689-second pass at 328.78 mph during Thursday’s testing. The Texas native made history last season as he went undefeated during the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship.
“We didn’t change anything going into this test session,” Torrence stated. “We just needed to brush the rust off of myself and the guys to get prepared for Pomona. There’s some really good cars out there that we’re going to have to contend with this season. We will take this with a grain of salt, build confidence and see what we can do.”
Brittany Force, the 2017 Top Fuel world champion, powered her Advance Auto Parts dragster to a run of 3.700 seconds at 321.27 mph on Saturday and Billy Torrence rounds out the top three with a run of 3.731 seconds at 325.14 mph on Friday.
Two-time Funny Car world champion Robert Hight led the category with his pass of 3.863 seconds at 326.87 mph in his Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro on Friday. Hight finished the 2018 season second overall and is seeking his third championship during the 2019 season.
Defending world champion J.R. Todd made the second quickest pass of the session with a 3.868-second run at 324.36 mph in his DHL Toyota Camry and 16-time world champion John Force was third with his 3.894-second run at 331.61 mph on Saturday.