"Ace" Ed McCulloch, Doug's tuner, is heading to
crew chief for a new funny car at Schumacher Racing so the
sharing of data between Amato's Wayne Dupuy and the Herbert
team will be beneficial to both.
In Pro Stock it was the Anderson/Line/Ken Black Racing
show once again as the dominant team of the last two years
showed no loss of power. Greg Anderson beat teammate Jason
Line in the final on his way to setting a new single-season
winning total by a pro driver in NHRA history, 15 wins in
19 final round appearances while also taking home the 2004
Pro Stock Championship.
Anderson says of the victory, "We come to these races
to win. The championship is the pot of gold at the end of
the rainbow, but the race win is what gets me fired up.
It's instant gratification for all the long hours."
After the hard work of this season the entire team is headed
to Hawaii for a much-deserved vacation. At the NHRA Awards
Banquet held in SoCal¹s Palm Springs area Jason Line
was picked for the Automobile Club of Southern California
Road to the Future Award, which recognizes NHRA's Rookie
of the Year, and was handed a check for $20,000.
The Pomona Finals brought another DNQ for the GM Performance
Parts Pontiac and also marked the announcement of Warren
Johnson's "School's Out" final tour. Johnson had
agreed to make 2005 his last season as a driver when he
negotiated his current GM Racing contract back in 2002.
Johnson has a new Jerry Haas standard production chassis
on order and will replace it with a Pontiac GTO before mid-season.
Professor has seen significant horsepower gains with the
new third generation GM Drag Racing Engine he's been testing,
but called the heads supplied with it "junk".
He's looking forward to the new Dash-4 cylinder heads, but
feels that his current block is quite good. He's struggled
this season, but "I feel we're right on the edge of
making the new engine a competitive piece It's got some
significant advantages on the short-block, it'll allow us
to run a lot more RPM with it."
After 2005 Johnson will still drive occasionally and often
on testing days once his days in competition are done. Johnson
says, "We'll be running the two cars next season, the
year after that we may run three cars with me driving intermittently
as a test driver."
As the winter off-season develops it looks as though some
Pro Stock teams may be fading away as the costs of running
a competitive car may be the biggest factor.