Drag Racing Online: The Magazine

Volume VIII, Issue 12, Page

How much actual sharing of data goes on between teams, between Top Fuel crew chiefs and Funny Car chiefs?

WB: That comes down to personalities, everyone's got to get along and want to help everyone else. They (crew chiefs) all talk a lot and that doesn't mean that say, Ed McCulloch is going to do something that Todd Okuhara suggests or that Todd is going to do something that Ace suggests, but they all talk. It’s a pretty tight-knit group.

Let's play word association a little bit. Alan Johnson.

WB: Bad ass.

Ed McCulloch.

WB: Bad ass.

Todd Okuraha

WB: Young bad ass. Todd's really come into his own. This is really his opportunity to be a guy in charge and he's done just a tremendous job.  There were growing pains for him, but he's tuned the quickest and fastest Funny Car.

What do you think about Dan Olson being the Top Fuel/Funny Car guru? Did you read his interview in DRO?

WB: Yeah, I did. That was good, by the way. I think it's interesting. I think things are going to be different with Olson having that job. I think he's going to approach the job a little differently than Ray Alley did, but what was interesting was that PRO wanted a person in position. When Ray Alley came on board he quickly became NHRA’s guy and it wasn't always easy on the racers. That is a challenging job because there are a lot of question marks in the classes right now. There are problems and they need to be solved and that's the person (Olson) who is involved in solving them now.

There's always been rumors that Ray Alley and Alan Johnson had a special relationship. Do you think there's anything to that?

WB: I have no idea. I've never heard that.

If you talk to some other tuners and teams about that subject they are very adamant that they believe Alan or the Army team got special treatment from Ray.

WB: It's hard to say. I would say that there's a misperception that Don (Schumacher) gets special treatment from NHRA, but I can assure you that he does not. In fact, he is not one of their favorite people normally because Don pushes the envelope.