By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Jim Read Racing Top Fuel Dragster team will return to the track this weekend. Last weekend, the team experienced a backfire in a starting line incident.
As crew chief Bruce Read was preparing to crank over the engine, there was a huge fireball. This injured five crew members.
The team had to withdraw after the incident at the Nitro Champs event in Sydney Dragway.
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This weekend, the team will be at Heathcote Park Raceway. The SummerNats will take place in Knowsley, Australia for the fifth round of the Top Fuel Australia championship.
“Obviously after something like that, you go through everything with a fine-tooth comb, so we have taken our time over the last few days to assess the damage and analyze every inch of the car,” Hydraulink Jim Read Racing Crew Chief, Bruce Read, said. “While there is quite a lot of damage, we were very relieved to find that the chassis itself was unaffected. The crew is hard at work now to ensure we can replace all the necessary components and have the car fully prepped and ready to roll out again in plenty of time for round five of the Burson Auto Parts Australian Top Fuel Championship.
“Everyone on the team is very excited to waste no time in getting back onto the track, and I am very thankful for the dedication and enthusiasm of our crew who will make this possible. Once again, I also want to acknowledge and thank everyone who has taken the time to send messages of support, offer assistance, and generally wish us well since Saturday. It has been very uplifting for the team to have everyone behind us like that and we hope we can repay you all with some strong results in Victoria next weekend!”
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The team continues to investigate what happened last weekend at Sydney Dragway. The IHRA Australia is also investigating the starting line incident, as well.
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