NHRA Rookie Tanner Gray Prepares for the NHRA Summer Nationals
DENVER, NC (June 7, 2017)- While most 18 year olds are looking forward to graduation and summer vacation, NHRA rookie driver Tanner Gray strives towards his first Pro Stock Championship continuing with efforts this weekend in Englishtown, N.J. at the 48th Annual NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.
The youngest driver to win a national event, has made 3 final round appearances over the last 9 races. Tanner Gray unveiled a new 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS body at the NHRA Heartland Nationals, which has led him to two of the three final rounds.
"I do not think about how fast I have experienced success because my own expectation is to run up front," Tanner Gray said. "We have a great car. A great team. And I have a lot of great people around me watching and helping me improve."
Currently sitting #2 in the Mello Yello Championship points, Gray has his eyes fixed on being #1.
"Making better qualifying runs leading up to race day has been our team’s main focus," the two time national event winner said. "Making consistent runs is our main focus. This consistency should allow us to reach faster ET's which ultimately will lead our team to the front."
Every stop on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello tour will be a first time experience for teenager Tanner Gray.
"Racing new tracks every weekend allows me to bring a fresh perspective to the team, providing insight that might get over looked," Gray said. "Preparing for Englishtown this weekend will consist of the same preparation of all of the previous 9 national events with the exception of a minor adjustment to my clutch pedal to see if we can’t make the ride a little smoother."
Four Pro Stock qualifying sessions are scheduled for 3:45 and 6:15 p.m. (ET), Friday, and 1:45 and 4:15 p.m.(ET), Saturday. Eliminations will begin at noon, Sunday.
The Gray Motorsports Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro SS team coverage can be found on FOX Sports 1 all weekend long beginning with Friday's one hour qualifying coverage at 10 p. m. (ET), Saturday’s qualifying action from 2-4 p.m ET., followed by Sunday's three hour elimination coverage beginning at 6 p.m. (ET)