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ENGLISHTOWN -- Robert Patrick, driver of the Purvis Ford Mustang Pro Stock and 2007 IHRA Pro Stock World Champion, made his 2010 debut at Englishtown this past weekend. Patrick talks about his 2010 NHRA Pro Stock schedule and goals for the season.
Q. ON RACING IN NHRA PRO STOCK SERIES.
A. Englishtown was my first race this year. We have been doing some dyno and R&D since December of last year. That’s when we first got parts and the body. We’ve been working pretty hard on it. We’ve had some setbacks with our R&D but we finally got the motors where they are making decent power and reliable so we brought them to the track. I’m feeling pretty good about the program. We made four runs [in Englishtown] from A to B. This is on the sixth run with this engine in the car down the track. This is a brand new combination. We’re pretty pleased so far. We ran a 6.76 and I think a low 6.60 was in it. We’re going to go back, do more dyno work and get ready for Norwalk.
Q. ON RACING AT NORWALK.
A. I raced at Norwalk before in the IHRA circuit. I’ve won the IHRA race there three years in a row, back in the mid-90s. I like racing at Norwalk.
Q. TALK ABOUT YOUR RACING CAREER.
A. I’ve raced as a Pro Stock driver from 1997 to 2003, in Ford. We qualified about 65 percent of the time. From 2004 to 2009, I raced in the IHRA circuit and we won the championship in Pro Stock with the Mountain Motor Pro Stocks, in a Ford GT500, with an 800 inch hemi. This is our first year back in the NHRA.
Q. WHAT IS IT LIKE BEING BACK IN NHRA PRO STOCK AND IN A FORD MUSTANG?
A. I love it. My dad is Ford dealer. We have a Ford dealership in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Brian Wolfe called me last year when we were racing in the IHRA and talking to my dad trying to get us back over here with this new program and the new body. I was happy and enjoyed the IHRA and Mountain Motor Racing but this is a good opportunity with the new parts and pieces. When I raced in NHRA Pro Stock before, we used the equipment Bob Glidden developed. It wasn’t current; it was the older head and block. All the hard work that Mose Nowland has put in on this deal, it’s really starting to pay off. I know we have some good pieces. It’s going to take some time to catch these guys with us being out of the loop since 2003 racing the other style Pro Stock. It is going to take some time figuring the gearing out, but I think we’re getting close on the power. It’s just figuring the rest of it out.
Q. WHAT IS YOUR SCHEDULE FOR 2010?
A. We have two motors completed right now. Between now and Norwalk, I’m going to skip Bristol, and I’m going to test with these two engines. We have a third motor that is going to be on the dyno next week. We’re going to try to have all our guns loaded for Norwalk, go up there and try to qualify. If we do good and run close to the bump or get in, then we’re going to go out west and run the West Coast Swing. Then we’ll run all the races from there on out. We just finished the two engines last week to go to Englishtown and we just need some testing. I think it is more beneficial for us to miss Bristol and test then go to Norwalk and try to make the show.
Q. BEYOND NORWALK, DO YOU HAVE ANY GOALS FOR THE SEASON?
A. By the end of the year, I’d like to have my Mustang qualifying on a regular basis. That’s the goal I’ve set for this season. Then we’ll go for a top-10 finish next year and possibly win some races.