COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The mass exodus from nitrous-injected combinations to a supercharger as the form of power adder continues as Ed Hoover has become the latest to jump the fence. Hoover, driver of Paul Trussell's nitrous-injected 1963 Corvette, will roll into the 2002 season with a supercharger protruding from the hood of a brand new Tommy Mauney-built 1963 Corvette.
Hoover has always campaigned a nitrous combination, dating back to the late 1980s, when he was a front-runner in Top Sportsman. He won the inaugural IHRA Pro Modified national event in 1990 in Darlington, SC., but he largely agrees that the class is not the same today as it was back then.
"We have no other choice," explained Hoover. "We won a national event and made it to the finals a couple of times, but we felt we were still at a disadvantage. I feel confident in my abilities as a driver. However, I'd like to be on an even keel with the frontrunners. The frontrunners in 2001 had a supercharger for power.
"I feel that the 2002 season will be one of transition and we'll be learning a new combination. I am not worried. We'll hold our own, but it is not going to be easy. This will be a challenge."
Team owner Trussell has retained veteran fuel system guru Tom Anderson and Jan-Cen Race Engines to provide the motivation. He'll also roll out in style with a new Mauney chassis, which is currently under construction.
Trussell is excited as well.
"I want to give Ed all of the tools that he needs to win a championship," explained Trussell. "I see how hard Ed and the crew works and I owe it to them to give them what it takes to run at the front of the pack. I feel confident in bringing in Tom Anderson to get us on the right track and making the engine switch will allow us to go out and lay down some big numbers."
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