MONROE RIDES VP METHANOL BLENDS TO EARLY 2010 SUCCESS
BLOOMINGTON, IN (June 21, 2010) When it comes to winning season-long championship battles any successful racer will tell you that counting points can be a detriment to the process. That said, having defined and clear-cut goals throughout a season can be beneficial towards a possible championship outcome. There are few in sportsman drag racing that are as well versed at walking this tightrope as VP racer and methanol spokesman James Monroe, a two-time NHRA division champion and three-time NHRA "ET Bracket Driver of the Year."
In the past few years Monroe has turned his attention to the NHRA North Central division fast-growing and ultra-competitive Top Dragster class, while also juggling a full JEG'S Super Quick Series schedule into the plans. For Monroe. a championship se,son requires a solid foundation set by strong finishes on the early portion of the schedule. "Although we didn't get the big win everyone strives for in the series' opening races, we had several late-round finishes that will be used later as the points picture becomes clearer." Specifically those consistent finishes were semi-final round showings in competition at Summit Motorsports Park, O'Reilly Raceway Park and Gateway International Raceway, and a quarter-final finish in Bowling Green, KY.
The consolation to those early season close losses was a very lucrative win on May 17 at the Muncie Dragway "MEGA 4.30" race. Monroe came into that event in test mode and left with all of the prize money the facility had to offer for this class. It was evident in qualifying that it might be a good day as the "bulls eye" was hit with a perfect 4.300 elapsed time on the 4.30 index with the speed exceeding 162 MPH in the 1/8-mile. This landed the Bloomington, IN racer the pole position money and set the stage for a rather dominating performance that lead to the eventual win. "The Muncie win was big as it validated some of the things the team focused on in the off-season and gave us the confidence to go into the ‘series races’ with a horse that we knew could win rounds and races."
That Muncie win and spring-time success culminated at the NHRA Lucas Oil race at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, IL, where Monroe qualified in the top-half of the field with a 6.761 at over 196 MPH. This assured lane choice in the first round competition on Sunday morning when conditions could be dramatically different. Racers awoke to similar conditions on Sunday and Monroe was able to advance to the third round of competition when it all changed as a weather front moved in and stopped racing for nearly four hours. Monroe said, "The weather change was a huge advantage for us. Despite the dramatic change it was hardly noticeable in the performance of our car as the race was finished well into the evening in much cooler conditions."
The VP Racing Fuels dragster went on to take the final win light of the event as Monroe picked-up his 13th NHRA "Wally" with a 6.758 elapsed time. Interestingly enough, this was only .003 faster than the qualifying pass that was recorded 30 hours earlier and in twenty degrees cooler conditions. Monroe went on to say, "It was not one of my best driving weekends but I clearly had an advantage with the race car's consistency over the weekend with the changing conditions. I was fortunate to be able to capitalize on this edge later in the event as I got a handle on my driving.”
Monroe works closely with some of the premier companies in the drag racing industry such as Ron's Fuel Injection, Transmission Specialties, Steve Schmidt Competition Engines and, of course, VP Racing Fuels. As an independent sales and technical consultant, Monroe affords these companies a live test bed for new products and is able to offer constructive feedback as new products and ideas are developed. This has been the case with VP for the last five years as Monroe has done extensive testing with the M1, M3 and M5 line of methanol fuels in his race cars as well as in dyno sessions with various engine builders. Monroe is available to answer questions regarding these fuels and how they can help you achieve consistent success by dialing 812-327-1190 or visiting www.killerrons.com.