Beckman hopes the struggles are behind him

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Infinite Hero Foundation Funny Car pilot Jack Beckman struggled out of the gates. Right before Christmas, Don Schumacher Racing gave the 2012 World Champion a three-headed tuning machine.

Dean Antonelli is working with John Medlen and Neal Strausbaugh to tune Beckman’s “Cause Car”. On Sunday, he went to the second round, before being eliminated.

Jack Beckman (Photo by the NHRA)

Jack Beckman (Photo by the NHRA)

“We’ve struggled,” he said in an Englishtown interview. “I don’t think anybody would say it any differently. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel and there’s reason to be optimistic. We’re trying to get the car to speak the same language that we’re speaking.

“Our Achilles heal is trying to get the car down the track four times in a row. We keep getting closer and we’re going to keep picking away until we’re there. It’s entirely possible that it’s going to come soon with these hot summer tracks, because there’s going to be some tire smoke on Sunday’s. There’s no reason to panic for us, but we will continue to plug away. We’re going to put a couple of test dates in place once the weather cooperates on a Monday following one of these events.”

Since Chicago, he’s lost in the second round four-times. He made it to the semi-finals at Somona, before losing to J.R. Todd.

Beckman picked up his first win of the season at historic Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ. He defeated his Don Schumacher Racing teammate Ron Capps, who went 4.100 to Capps’ 4.143.

Two weeks later, Beckman also won at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. He defeated Auto Club of Southern California and John Force Racing president Robert Hight in the final round.

Beckman went 4.073 to Hight’s 6.673.

Prior to Englishtown, he had two semi-finals appearances, before losing. He also lost twice in the first-round in the first nine races of the season.

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