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ML: No, no, it's
just a different way of drag racing. Everybody
else here is doing the same thing, and so it's
really neat to see how everybody has different
way of solving certain problems. I mean there's
no one set combination yet, like in Pro Stock.
You can see that everybody has basically the
exact same thing, some people have short wheelie
bars, some people have long wheelie bars, some
people have different engine configurations
and transmissions, so it's really neat to see
how everybody has a different style of doing
DRO: Do you really
set things up differently for each track? Does
the car get to a point where it runs on every
ML: No, no, no,
you definitely have to adapt to the track. Like
here (at LACR), we have a
altitude and the engine makes a little bit less
torque, so that affects the stall speed of the
converter. So, I have to drive it differently.
We have to set our two-step a little differently.
As far as the engine goes, it basically stays
the same, but chassis-wise we do a little bit
DRO: Is there
anything problematic in running a turbo as opposed
ML: Actually turbo
is a little bit easier on the engine and allows
you more controllability, I believe, so it,
the nitrous, works really good but can be hard
DRO: Do you aspire
to another level of drag racing?
ML: Sure, my hope
is I can progress from here into the regular
NHRA driving for GM and that's what I want to
continue to do and that's the goal, the plan.
DRO: Is there
any chance that you would run this car in the
NHRA Competition Eliminator?
ML: Um, not yet,
the class that I run in is the hot rod class,
the unibody style class, and they have the pro
front wheel drive class which is basically a
pro stock car driven from the front, it's a
carbon fiber chassis, and they're going to allow
a couple of those to run at the NHRA so they're
probably testing the waters with those guys
and maybe they'll allow our class to do some
DRO: How is the
level of competition here?