Greg Anderson came to the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at the top of his game and on a mission, and it showed on the first day of qualifying for the 60th anniversary rendition of the event. Anderson powered his white Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro to a strong 6.643-second pass at 208.10 mph to pick up a bonus qualifying point and earn the provisional No. 3 spot.
With just a single run scheduled for the first day of the biggest race of the year, Anderson and his Summit Racing teammate Jason Line came out with guns blazing. Line landed in the No. 1 spot.
“It was a good day for the Summit Racing team, and we didn’t really make a clean run with my car, but it ran pretty well and it’s a good start. We’re happy,” said Anderson, the most successful currently competing Pro Stock driver at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis with six U.S. Nationals trophies on his scorecard.
Anderson, No. 10 in the Pro Stock standings and a round and a half ahead of 11th place Jonathan Gray, gained a valuable bonus qualifying point for his run as it was the third quickest of the session. Every mark is carefully tallied at the event, the last of the regular season before the Countdown to the Championship field is set.
“That’s one more point than I had when I got here,” noted Anderson. “We missed it a little bit on the set-up, but the run certainly wasn’t horrible – it just wasn’t perfect. We know we can run better, and Jason showed us what we can do. It was a good start for us, and I’m not complaining at all. The confidence is a little higher for the Summit Racing team, and for me, I think Indy raises my confidence all on its own. Indy just does that to me. I love coming here. It’s a feel-good place for me. I can’t wait to come back tomorrow for more.”
Qualifying continues on Saturday with two more sessions, with two additional runs scheduled for Sunday before Monday eliminations.