DENVER, NC (August 31, 2017) – Three Generations of the Gray family will set out to make history by qualifying at the 63rd Annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Indiana this weekend. Deemed "The Big Go," a grandfather, son, and grandson will all duke it out in what will be the most competitive Pro Stock field all season.
“I am looking forward to the competition this weekend, not only between other competitors, but between Tanner, my dad, and me," Shane Gray, the second of the three generations said. "We spent Monday and Tuesday testing to prepare for this weekend and I believe the most exciting races will be between the three of us.”
This will be the first time in the history of the NHRA that three generations of one family will attempt to qualify at an event in the same professional category.
“I am probably the most excited out of the three of us to race this weekend" Johnny Gray said. "The trash talk has begun and after testing this week Tanner and Shane better not underestimate my ability at the starting line.”
This is the first time since 2010 that Johnny Gray has driven a pro stock car professionally.
“Getting back in a pro stock car is a lot of fun," The first of 3 generations said. "I am very proud of what our Gray Motorsports team has accomplished this season and am looking forward to an even more successful countdown.”
Gray Motorsports has claimed the last five victories of the 2017 Mello Yello Drag racing series. Two of those wins were collected by Tanner Gray.
“My guys have given me a great race car. Coming into this weekend off of a win in Brainerd and the number one qualifying position provides us additional confidence heading into the biggest race of the year” Tanner Gray said. “Winning at Indy would be awesome! My dad won here back in 2014 and I remember how big of a deal it was then. Racing with my dad and grandpa this weekend would also add special memories to a win.”
The first of five Mello Yello Series qualifying sessions is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1. Two more sessions will take to the track on Saturday, Sept. 2 at 2:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m., and the final two qualifying sessions will take place on Sunday, Sept. 3 at 11:30 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. Final eliminations begin at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 4.
FOX national broadcast and FS1 will televise coverage of the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, starting with qualifying on Sunday, Sept. 3 on FS1 at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. EST. The broadcasts continue on FS1 with two hours of live coverage of eliminations on Monday, Sept. 4 starting at 11 a.m. EST, continuing live on FOX at 1 p.m. EST.
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