For his first race back into the 2011 season K&N's Greg Ventura decided to race the Summit E.T. Series at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, and as he's the first to admit, he was a just bit rusty to the whole bracket racing deal at first. However, his misplaced racing mojo returned pretty quickly.
Ventura says his goals for this year are to make the Summit E.T. Series Race of Champions, to finish in the top three in the Southern California Pro Gas Association, and to win a NHRA National Event.
Greg Ventura admits he started off the 2011 season a tad rusty, but his instincts returned rapidly, as he won and runner-upped last weekend at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.
"Whenever you are out of the driver's seat for the off season, you tend to forget small details," said Ventura, "that goes with driving a race car, but you quickly regain those instincts."
And indeed he did, Ventura went out in the first round on Saturday, but then went deep into the fourth round on Sunday. The following weekend the Pro Gas Series kicked off and he went to the quarter-finals on Saturday, with the Sunday race getting rained out.
There was another Summit Race on Super Bowl Sunday, but we suspect his concentration wasn't completely on that race as he went out in the first round in that one. "I drove like an absolute jackwagon," remarked Ventura. "I drove really poorly to the finish line, which is part of the rustiness."
"Then here is where it gets good," added Ventura, "I went to Fontana on Saturday and Sunday, and I won on Saturday and I runner-upped Sunday! I'm second in points for the track championship."
Ventura explains that during the off season he worked on some concentration techniques to help him with his focus, and all indications are that it appears to be taking hold.
When we last spoke with Ventura he was half way into his second year working as a Material Lifecycle Analyst for K&N. "The smartest thing I've ever done was coming to work for K&N," he declared at the time. We wondered if the job love affair was still as potent.
"Yes, I really don't call what I do for K&N work. I love what I do, and I love that I am a part of this growing company. K&N makes the best air & oil filters for your money. I run them on both of my race cars, tow vehicles, and every car I own. The benefits are endless!"
When questioned about his race goals for the 2011 season Ventura says, "Yes, I have a couple of goals for the 2011 season. I would like to make the Summit E.T. Series Race of Champions, I would like to finish in the top three in the Southern California Pro Gas Association, and I would like to win a NHRA National Event."
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