“Jerry Haas builds great race cars,” Tanner Gray says. “Partnering his chassis with the new Chevrolet Camaro SS body that minimizes aerodynamic drag should translate into an increase in competitive performance for our Gray Motorsports team. I’m excited to run it.”
Tanner Gray and company spent Monday, May 15th and Tuesday, May 16, testing at Darlington Dragway located in Hartsville, SC.
"From our efforts made at the test session, I think fans can expect to see a fast race car," Tanner says. " With the ever changing weather conditions in Topeka, qualifying could get interesting, and fans should expect record breaking performances."
This will be the first appearance of the new bodied Camaro, as well as Tanner's first at Heartland Park.
"It is fun getting the opportunity to travel the country and explore new race tracks," the youngest driver to win a national event in NHRA history says. "I look forward to making adjustments due to different conditions."
National event winner and Gray Motorsport driver Shane Gray, will park his ride during this weekend's event to focus on supporting the efforts of son Tanner Gray and teammate Drew Skillman.
The Gray Motorsports Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro SS team will compete this weekend, May 19-21 at the 29th Annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Park Topeka. Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature two rounds at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 19 and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, May 20, at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 21.
Pts Events Wins Rup Semi Qtr 1st rd Poles DNQ W/L
2017 4th 7 1 0 4 2 0 0 0 14-6
Best Time, Speed: 6.513 seconds, (2017 Gatornationals); 213.37 mph
Last event (May 5-7, Atlanta): Qualified No. 7, lost in semi finals to Erica Enders Stevens
Pro Stock Car
1. Greg Anderson 586 -----
2. Bo Butner 585 -1
3. Jason Line 515 -71
4. Tanner Gray 496 -90
5. Jeg Coughlin Jr. 495 -91
6. Chris McGaha 421 -165
7. Erica Enders Stevens 390 -196
8. Shane Gray 382 -204
9. Drew Skillman 360 -226
10. Vincent Nobile 341 -245
Tanner Gray, at the age of 17 years old, won his first NHRA Pro Stock national event on April 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This accomplishment made Tanner Gray the youngest driver ever to win a NHRA professional event. He has since had a birthday, April 15, and is currently 18 years old.