THEY SAID IT
Compiled by Ian
this year, Drag Racing Online will spend hours
poring over countless press releases, interview
transcripts, and TV appearances to find the
most witty, compelling, funny, and explanatory
comments from drag racing's best. Most often,
these quotes can tell the whole story of an
event, straight from the racer's mouths.
So, here's installment one
for 2004, full of hope, goals, and predictions
before the season-opening Winternationals revved
up in Pomona.
"I can't wait to get back out on the racetrack"
-- Clay Millican on
starting his 2004 campaign at Pomona
"There's nothing like standing behind a Top
Fuel car and see it disappear off into the distance.
They're pretty damn exciting." --
Don Prudhomme, former driver and current team
owner of Larry Dixon's entry, on watching from
"Wins are great, and we want a lot of them,
but anything short of winning the
would be a let down. We have a one-track mindset
for 2004." -- Doug Kalitta
setting his goals for this year before the season
"To say that I am more excited than ever to
begin a season would be a huge understatement."
-- David Grubnic on
his new assignment as teammate to Doug and Scott
"Everybody is tied for first place. It's a
clean sheet of paper now. Unless NHRA is going
to offer provisionals, we've got to go out and
earn our keep." -- Two-time
defending Top Fuel champ Larry Dixon on the
realities of drag racing as he begins a new
"My dad (Connie Kalitta, team owner and crew
chief) really wants another championship. He
doesn't care if it's me or Doug, so we will
race heads up." -- Scott
Kalitta referring to how he will approach his
teammate and cousin in 2004
"I think, for the most part, these test sessions
create more confusion than anything else." --
Jimmy Prock, crew chief for Gary Densham, on
the team's three pre-season tests before Pomona
"I've haven't changed my opinion in 30 years.
I'd rather be racing than doing anything else.
I tell people, 'a bad day racing is better than
a good day doing anything else.'" --
Densham on his anticipation to get the season
"We obviously want the dragster to win a third
title, but our goal is to get the Funny Cars
turned around." -- Prudhomme
again, team owner for Ron Capps and Tommy Johnson
Jr., on his commitment to do better in the Fuel
Coupe ranks this year