Victorian Jack Danaher is fulfilling a dream after he swapped out of his Supercharged Outlaw Dragster in favour of an ex Pro Mod Corvette.
Danaher stormed on to the with Supercharged Outlaws scene with two championship event wins in his rookie season, including a Nitro Champs victory with a killer consistent dragster. So why make the change from a winning combination?
“Right from the start, it had always been a dream to drive a Doorslammer and I see this opportunity as the next step in achieving that dream,” Danaher told Drag News.
“After finishing last season as runner up in the ANDRA Championship we started this season hoping to continue on our form.
“When I spotted a Corvette Pro Mod for sale in the States my focus quickly changed to buying and then shipping the car out here.”
The new car is serious bit of gear, and will need some taming for Supercharged Outlaws.
“The car is a 2003 Corvette Pro Mod, it runs a Roots blown 526 KB Olds motor with a 3 speed Lenco and pedal clutch,” said Danaher.
“In the States the car ran a best of 6.26 at 233MPH but we plan on pulling a bit of power out and trying to run consistent 6.50’s -6.60’s. The Dragster we were running last season ran consistent 6.60’s so we hope to be doing similar times but with doors!”
The transition from the dragster will provide a new driving challenge for Danaher, blown sedans can be wild and unpredictable compared to a tame by comparison dragster.
“Driving a blown dragster was a learning curve and I feel I have done my 'apprenticeship' now,” he said.
“Driving a blown doored car is going to be whole different game though. It's going to be a challenge but a challenge I'm super excited about. Hopefully we can get a handle on it and be as competitive as ever.”
The unexpected changed ruled Danaher out of the championship chase this season, but with the new gear ready to roar the team will look to contest the rest of this season in preparation for next year.
“My sponsors have been very supportive and understanding, it wasn’t ideal timing to be changing cars mid-season but it’s now exciting times ahead,” remised Danaher.
“With the car now fresh and ready to go we hope to do some testing ahead of the Calder Park event, followed by the Australian Nationals in Sydney.
"None of it would be possible without the support from my wife, crew and sponsors – Riordan fuels ‘Express Diesel’, EJ Russell plant hire, Equity-one, AE Performance, Repco and Exhaust Bros.”
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