MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Former NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock champion Greg Anderson will miss the first six events of the 2014 season because of a scheduled surgery.
Anderson will be replaced behind the wheel of the Summit Racing Equipment/KB Racing Camaro in those events by eight-time FIA Pro Stock champion Jimmy Alund.
“It’s really not a big deal,” Anderson said. “I was born with a bicuspid aortic heart valve (two valve openings instead of three). It’s something we’ve kept track of over the years, and my doctor has decided it’s time to make some repairs so I stay in good shape. I will miss the first few races of the season, but once the doctor says I’m good to go, I’m gonna be right back at it looking for another Pro Stock championship.”
Alund is one of the most successful Pro Stock drivers in Europe, winning championships each year from 2004 through 2009 as well as 2011 and 2013. In 2013, the Swedish racer qualified No. 1 at all six events of the FIA European Championship season, won five of those six events, and reset the Pro Stock E.T. and Top Speed records (6.534 seconds, 213.31 mph).
“I’m really honored to be a part of this organization,” Alund said about KB Racing. “I have some big shoes to fill — Greg is one of the best Pro Stock drivers in the world, bar none. I believe that I’m up to the challenge, though. I’m looking forward to helping KB Racing win another championship.”