AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals Event 20 of 24 World Wide Technology Raceway Madison, IL Sep. 27-29, 2019
Lex Joon Driver of the Strutmasters.com / JLM Lubricants Top Fuel Dragster
2019 Season Standing: Ranked eighteenth in points
Noteworthy:Joon and team are entered into their eleventh race for the 2019 season. Second time entering the event at World Wide Technology Raceway. The Blue Trees (Nashville based band) will be joining LJR on Friday at St. Louis.
Quotable: "Let me give you a little update about our time out at Maple Grove and what we've been doing to prepare for St. Louis."
"We're really enthusiastic about the power the car is making. Q3 we ran again Jordan Vandergriff. Had a hole out early and had to click it off but we still moved up three spots! We did not run Q4. We finished out qualifying in the #15 spot which was good enough to get us in the lanes against Leah Pritchett for E1. Weather was great so we were really looking forward to a nice run. Car had other ideas! We started to drop cylinders and had to click it off. All in all, we were quite happy with the results. We're learning so much about the new power of this car and learning more that will get us to where we will be down the road. We even moved up from nineteenth to eighteenth in the points standings and that's cool!"
"Since St. Louis, we've upgraded to a larger size lifter, this is part of the valve train which will allow the car to withstand the current power we are making. With help from Todd Paton at Performance Data Systems, the dashboard is fixed and for the first time ever the lights are working! Lots of work and a big investment in parts and labor but we know it's all worth it. We will do what we have to do to make sure we make it into the top 10 in the near future, starting in 2020. For a small, independent team this may seem like a huge undertaking, but that doesn't scare us off. The team has been supercharged with the support coming from Chip Lofton/Strutmasters and Lance Larsen, just over the top! We're looking forward to attracting new companies to join with us for the future."
"In the Netherlands, music is not as widely available as in the United States. Since our move here, we have enjoyed the opportunity to explore a variety of music. Gerda loves country music, and I lean toward Classic Rock and Country. Imagine how excited we are to be gaining some momentum with support from the music scene. The Blue Trees (based in Nashville) will be joining us out at the race. I have selected one of their songs "Rhythm and Brews" for my driver intro tune on Friday evening. Really cool to see the relationship between music and our sport. Can't wait to see their reaction to 10,000 hp firing up! What's really great is they share the same mentality as our team; when it's your passion, you #neverquit!"
About Lex Joon Racing Lex Joon Racing LLC is a professional drag racing organization based in Brownsburg, Indiana, USA. Established in 1995, this FIA Top Fuel Championship winning team firmly shook up the drag racing sport in Europe. In 2013, LJR made the move from Europe to the USA with the mission to be a premier drag racing team in NHRA drag racing from 2016 and beyond. Learn more about the team by visiting www.LexJoonRacing.com.
About Strutmasters.com Strutmasters is a suspension manufacturer founded in 1999 by Chip Lofton. Specializing in air-to-non-air suspension conversion kits, Strutmasters has become an industry leader in the world of suspension. Strutmasters offers affordable total solutions to fixing costly complex air, magnetic, electronic, and hydraulic suspension systems. What began as a personal project to repair a family’s only vehicle, Strutmasters has grown into a nationwide provider of suspension solutions and has truly earned the title “The Suspension Experts”. All of their conversion kits are built in the United States. For more information. visit Strutmasters at www.Strutmasters.com.