Rough-N-Ready shine in California
Rough-N-Ready Racing powered their way to “victory lane” to solidify their lead in the California Independent Funny Car Association championship series at the weekend.
The drag racing syndicate, owned by Bermudian Harvey Williams Jr, won the Battle at the Beach CIFA Funny Car event at the Samoa Dragstrip in Samoa, California, on Saturday to put more distance between themselves and the chasing pack.
Guiding the team to their second straight win in their new Mustang GT funny car was driver Tony Trimp. He beat rivals James Maher and Mike Troxel in the qualifiers to advance to the final, where he achieved a second win of the day against the latter to clinch a title that has eluded his team in recent years.
“We have been trying to win this event for the last two years and yet have fell short of only a few thousands of a second,” Jacqueline Williams, the team crew member, said. “This win exceeded all of our expectations. We definitely went into this race not knowing what this beast would do.
“Considering that we do have a new motor set up that we are running this year, we didn't know what the car would run, but she got the job done.”
Williams added: “As the pressure was on for us to run the index to win this event, our driver, Tony Trimp, was able to deliver as always. Harvey Jr said that ‘we are not going to leave any crumbs behind', and this is exactly what we did.
“We started off a little too quick. But with the tune-up we had, and the driver working his magic, we were able to get the job done.”
Rough-N-Ready Racing's day did not go without challenges.
“As always we had to face hurdles and this time wasn't no different,” Williams said.
“We had to have a local welder come out to the racetrack to weld up our broken motor mount. Along with that we had a bad ground wire that we had to replace.
“Despite these small hurdles we were able to go out and win a spot in the finals.”
Rough-N-Ready Racing clinched a third CIFCA season championship last year and made the perfect start to their title defence after winning their respective division at the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series Funny Car Fever, held at their home track at Sacramento Raceway Park last month, for the fifth consecutive year.