Tedesco Bullish About Charlotte Despite Early Struggles
Concord, NC: When 21-year-old Mia Tedesco straps into her seat in the Hirata family owned, C.A.R.S. Protection Plus / WeFindParts.com backed A/Fuel Dragster this weekend at the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals she’ll do so with renewed confidence. Tedesco, who has enjoyed success at every level of competition in her driving career that spans Junior Dragsters, E.T. Bracket Competition, Super Comp, Super Gas, Top Dragster, and Top Alcohol Dragster, has endured a relatively rough start to the 2015 campaign. She and teammate Jason Lynch have been competitive in their Top Dragster, Super Comp and Super Gas entries, but have yet to grace the winner’s circle in the young season. Her lone Top Alcohol Dragster appearance of the season, the Amalie Oil Gator Nationals brought a frustrating outing that ended in an opening round defeat.
“We tested the A/Fuel car for three consecutive days prior to Gainesville (Gator Nationals),” Tedesco explained. “But we fought some gremlins in the car, and we shook the tires every run. Finally, on our last run in testing, we got down the track. So we went to Gainesville confident we had it fixed.”
That thought was reinforced on her opening qualifying run at the Gator Nationals, where her 1000’ time was within .002-of-a-second of the top qualifier (with her parachutes already deployed). A malfunction in the car’s mandatory automatic shutoff system killed power to the engine and deployed the parachutes roughly 950 feet into the run.
“That was promising, and we really felt like we had a handle on it,” Tedesco described. “But we were right on the edge, and we shook the tires the next two runs.”
On her final qualifying pass, Tedesco got down the track with a conservative 5.39, good for the twelfth position. But in round one: more tire shake.
“We stayed after Gainesville to test more,” Tedesco explained. “At one point, we made 12-straight runs with tire shake. I don’t want to sound like a wimp, but until you experience tire shake in a car this powerful, you can’t understand it. I was beat up! By the last few runs I was telling Dave and Jason ‘Please make it do something else, anything else.’ I didn’t care if it went up in smoke, wheelstood, whatever – just don’t shake anymore,” she laughed.
Finally, the team found the right adjustments and made significant headway with the combination. The last several passes of testing were promising, highlighted by a solid 5.34 E.T.
“A class like Top Alcohol Dragster is a constant learning curve,” she explained. “We’re trying to go quicker and faster every run, just like everyone else. The car fought us, and we had to figure out what adjustments it wanted. I’m confident that Dave, Jason, and our incredible team has found the right recipe, and I really feel good about our chances in Charlotte this weekend.”
In addition to Top Alcohol Dragster, Mia will drive her familiar C.A.R.S. Protection Plus / WeFindParts.com backed Cavalier in Super Gas at this weekend’s NHRA 4-Wide Nationals, while her teammate Jason Lynch will compete in Top Dragster as well as Super Gas himself.
In addition to C.A.R.S. Protection Plus, WeFindParts.com, and AAMCO, the Tedesco Racing team relies on quality products from Renegade Race Fuels, Hoosier Racing Tires, Abruzzi Transmissions & Converters, Quick Fuel Technologies and Wilkerson Racing Engines. To keep up to date with the latest news on Mia Tedesco and the Tedesco Racing Team, follow Miss Mia on Facebook and Twitter.
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