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"Notes & Quotes" from Tim Wilkerson, driver of the Levi, Ray & Shoup Shelby Mustang Funny Car, after Friday's qualifying sessions at Gateway Motorsports Park in St. Louis.
WILK RUNS GATEWAY'S FIRST 3 - SEES IT SLIP TO 7TH
Tim Wilkerson bounced back well from a tire-smoker in Q1 by putting a 3.998 on the board in Q2, becoming the first Funny Car driver to ever make a three-second pass at Gateway Motorsports Park. At the end of the session, he found himself in the No. 7 spot on the sheet.
"I kind of had a feeling, and it didn't help that right after us there was a big oil-down and clean up," Wilk said. "We run Q2 here right at the moment the sun gets off the track, so it's getting better literally by the second. That delay took it from very good to outstanding, and I was just hoping we'd stay in the top half. We did, so that's a good thing.
"I told my guys that it's crazy the car will run threes now even on imperfect passes. We had it soft in the middle and it chewed on a cylinder head a little, but it still went out there and ran a three. I don't remember who it was, but someone compared this to the first guy to run a four-minute mile. Before that, some people thought it was impossible. Others thought you'd die if you tried it. But, once the first one happened everyone saw it could be done and they started coming all the time. It's the same here. Once we all figure out the formula to run a three, then you know how to do it. It took us a while, but now it does it on runs that aren't even close to perfect. Strange deal, but good for the fans."
For the record, Roger Bannister was the first human to run a mile in under four minutes. Tim Wilkerson was the first to run 1,000 feet in under four seconds, at Gateway Motorsports Park.
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