INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 5) — A strong semifinal run at the 62nd annual U.S. Nationals in her CARS Protection Plus/Schepel Motors/NGK/Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Dragster has Mia Tredesco and her teammates feeling pretty good about themselves. Sure they would have liked to win the sport’s biggest race, but getting down to the final four in a superstar field of drivers is quite an accomplishment.
“A semifinal finish at Indy, the U.S. Nationals, that’s a pretty big deal,” Tedesco said. “It’s probably way better than we could have hoped for coming in, but at the same time we had the quickest car in qualifying, so you’re always a little disappointed when you don’t close it out.”
After beating Ken Perry and world champ Chris Demke in the first two rounds of eliminations ofSunday, Tedesco faced Dan Page early Sunday afternoon with a berth in the final on the line. Although she ran a quicker elapsed time — 5.343 at 272.45 mph to Page’s 5.356 at 272.06 mph — Tedesco came up just short thanks to Page’s .031-second reaction-time advantage at the starting line.
“I’m disappointed that I let my team down, but it is what it is,” Tedesco said. “The car made a good run and we figured some things out this weekend, so overall we can be happy, but whenever you get beat on a holeshot it stings a little.
“We’ve just to work as a team and keep doing what we’re doing. I think we got a lot of stuff figured out this weekend, and I feel good going into Charlotte now after this performance.”
Tedesco and crew will take a weekend off before heading to the ninth annual NHRA Carolina Nationals, Sept. 16-18, at zMax Dragway in the Charlotte suburb of Concord, N.C.
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