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Rough-N-Ready looking forward to new season

Rough-N-Ready Racing will be keen to pick up where they left off when the 2021 California Independent Funny Car Association season commences early in the new year.

The drag racing syndicate, owned by Bermudian Harvey Williams Jr, won every event held during the past season which was reduced to three because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

As a result, Rough-N-Ready Racing were denied overall season bragging rights having fallen short of the quota of five races required to declare a champion as per CIFCA rules.

Williams’s team won the Funny Car Fever, the Battle at the Beach and a fourth Governor's Cup in five years to complete the perfect season with driver Tony Trimp behind the wheel of the team's 1965 Mustang GT.

The 2021 season will commence with the New Year’s Drags being held at Williams team’s home track at the Sacramento Raceway from January 1 and 2.

However, the Williams team will not be taking part in the season-opening event.

“We will not be at that event,” crew member Jacqueline Williams confirmed. “That race is more for classic street cars.”

Williams confirmed that the team will compete with the same car from last season.

“We will be running the same chassis along with the same set up as last year,” she added.

“We are planning to come with a new paint job by next spring.”

The only significant change is that of former manager Amy Boss-Bowen who was asked to resign.

“Amy’s behaviour at the track has caused some major issues,” Williams said. “So we have asked her to step away.

“We are currently looking for a replacement at the moment.”

If all goes accordingly, Williams, who is a great-nephew of the late Bermuda road running legend Stanley Burgess, hopes to see the full quota of races completed during the 2021 campaign.

“According to the president of our association we will try to have a normal championship,” she added. “Due to Covid-19 some races might have to get cancelled.

“Different counties have certain restrictions which allow racetracks not to operate. Despite it being an open venue, it’s the gathering of people.

“But we are preparing for another battle at the 2021 CIFCA championship.”

Originated in 1984, the CIFCA is a West Coast drag racing association that specialises in affordable funny car shows.

Its membership boasts more than 36 teams, the majority of which compete in funny cars powered by supercharged, alcohol engines, which usually last a complete season between teardowns.

Approximately 1,200 horsepower is necessary for a 2,000lb funny car to able to run mid seven-second elapsed times in the quarter-mile.

Members compete for points, cash and contingencies and take great pride in their operations.

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Published December 24, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated December 23, 2020 at 9:41 pm)

Rough-N-Ready looking forward to new season

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