BRENTWOOD, Calif. -- Coming off a sophomore season that began with high expectations, followed by disappointment, then ended with a show of great potential for 2005, David Baca announced plans for next year for Baca Motorsports.
During the self-imposed hiatus, the Baca family, including his father Dennis, a former drag racer, got together and decided to reincarnate the previous racing program, this time as a family racing operation. Thus was born the D. Baca & Family Top Fuel Dragster, which made its debut at Seattle and ran a limited schedule the remainder of the season.
After a short learning curve and an adjustment to the new 85 percent nitro rule, the team came on strong, especially during the final two races of last year.
“Yes, we were disappointed that we had such a bad beginning to 2004,” said Baca. “We regrouped after the middle of the year and for the balance of the back half of the season we were in test mode. It took us a while to understand the new fuel rules. But tuner Rick Henkelman stayed with it and we began to show that our performance had come back. I think in the last three or four races you saw the potential of our team.”
Then at Pomona, site of the season-ending Auto Club of Southern California Finals, Baca ran a career best elapsed time of 4.487 seconds down Pomona Raceway in the opening round of qualifying on Thursday to earn the third spot on the qualifying ladder. He then advanced to the semifinals before a malfunctioning mag ended his day.
“We’re very excited about going into the ’05 season. My father and I have decided to run the entire 23-race POWERade schedule. We’ll continue to run as a private enterprise but we would like to believe that we are going to get the help that is needed financially and enable us to contend for the championship,” said Baca.
Baca pointed out that his program continues to evolve and feels that the changes will strengthen the team in 2005.
“Since my father has got involved with our program it has evolved quite rapidly. I think you can see some of the results by our performance over the final races of 2004. For 2005, I think we’re in great hands. Dennis Baca and Larry Meyer will do just fine. Our performance will continue on an upward path. And I can’t say enough good things about Kevin Poynter; he has been a gem overseeing the mechanical end of our program since we moved forward in the middle of 2004,” concluded Baca.
D. Baca & Family thanks American Racing, Champion Spark Plugs, Don Steves Chevrolet (La Habra, Calif.), Goodyear, Lucas Oil and Mac Tools for their marketing support during 2004.
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