LOST: MIDDLE OF REAR WING FROM TOP FUEL DRAGSTER
Steve Torrence and the two-car Capco Contractors Dragster team don’t have an NHRA Lost and Found Department they can go to. So they took to Facebook this week.
The center element, or panel, of Billy Torrence’s rear wing somehow broke loose from his dragster last Saturday during the third of four qualifying sessions for the Lucas Oil Winternationals at Pomona, Calif. It flew away, and the team is seeking help in recovering it.
They had to go home to Kilgore, Texas, but put out an all-point bulletin for the missing fragment.
“ATTENTION ATTENTION,” Thursday’s message read. “A large part of Billy’s rear wing fell off during Q3 of the #WinterNats No one is able to locate its whereabouts and we are in need of help finding it. It is important for us to try and get it back so we can have it inspected.”
Billy Torrence was running next to Terry McMillen in the Amalie Oil Dragster at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona and turned in a 3.738-second, 329.18-mph performance on the 1,000-foot course that put him tentatively seventh in the order. But the missing section of rear wing evidently caused the car to lurch across the center line past the finish line.
He came back and improved with his career-best elapsed time of 3.662 seconds, at 326.79 mph in the final qualifying session. He started No. 2, five-thousandths of a second behind son Steve’s 3.657.
Steve Torrence remarked Saturday evening, “It was doing good until it quit doing good. It blew out. Other than that, I don’t have a really scientific answer. It was there one minute and it was gone the next second. Poof – it was gone. It quit ‘winging.’ It started flying.”