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Daniel Wilkerson and SCAG Ford Funny Car Hyped for Season Start at NHRA Gatornationals

To say that Daniel Wilkerson and his SCAG Power Equipment Ford Mustang Funny Car team are looking forward to this weekend’s NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series season-opening Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway is an understatement.

“I’m excited to get the weekend started. The whole team worked really hard over the off-season, and we are ready to get this SCAG / Summit Ford Mustang back on the track,” Wilkerson said. “We got our feet wet at testing and the PRO Superstar Shootout. We learned a lot. I got to shake off some of the rust. And to test on the track leading up to the weekend, that’s helpful. So, hopefully, we come out swinging.”

Wilkerson, who earned his Funny Car license in 2009, will be fulfilling a 17- year dream when gets his rookie campaign underway at Gainesville Raceway. He’ll be competing a full season looking for championship results and a Rookie of the Year Award, all while racing for his father, veteran racer and crew chief Tim Wilkerson.

“Gainesville, the Gatornationals, is always a big race, especially now as the season opener. There’s a lot of anticipation,” Wilkerson said. “That’s just multiplied on my end. By about 1000. Getting the opportunity to run the full season, having Tim as my crew chief. It’s a dream. Hopefully, we can start the season like a dream, too, with a win.”

The Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway will feature two rounds of Funny Car qualifying on Friday at 3 and 5:30 p.m. and two sessions on Saturday at 1 and 4 p.m. Eliminations will take place Sunday starting at 10:30 a.m. Television coverage of the event will begin with qualifying Saturday at noon ET on FOX Sports 2 (FS2) with a second qualifying show Sunday at 8:30 a.m. ET on FS1. Eliminations shows will air Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. ET on FS1.

This story was originally published on March 8, 2024. Drag Illustrated

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