Rapisarda Autosport International’s debut meet on the 2013 Mello Yello tour ended in first round at the hands of reigning Top Fuel champ Antron Brown.
Going into race day the Indianapolis based team was quietly confident courtesy of four superb qualifying runs of scoring the first upset of the season. Brown led Dixon off the line by .05 sec and hung on to win in a photo finish by an estimated half car length. Brown with a 3.85/293.60 mph, Dixon clocking 3.88/310.34 mph.
“We gave Antron a run for his money.” Said an upbeat team owner Santo Rapisarda. “I thought we were going to win until the car dropped the number one cylinder 2.2 secs into the run. We can’t be unhappy with our weekend.”
Next outing for RAI is the 29 th annual Arizona Nationals at Firebird International Raceway from 22-25 Feb.