|A run in the 3.80s could not have come at a better time for Jonnie Lindberg. The rookie Funny Car driver needs a deep run on Monday to get into the Countdown for the Championship as he trails Alexis DeJoria by 53 points and sits behind Cruz Pedregon and Jim Campbell in the standings.
The Swede’s 3.887-second hit in his Jim Head owned, operated, and tuned Funny Car stands as the best of his career and currently has him qualified in the top half of the field. Lindberg has had a consistent race car, but it hasn’t been terribly quick. That hasn’t been good enough to go rounds at recent events as the field has gotten progressively quicker.
“We did three runs (at the Indy testing last week), and it was basically the same run,” said Lindberg. “We found something that seems to work good, it’s pretty consistent. We changed a little bit in the clutch, the clutch management and stuff, and that works pretty good.”
Lindberg has just one round win since he returned from a planned two-race break. He smoked the tires against Tommy Johnson Jr. in Brainerd, but ran in the 3.90s in a losing effort vs. Alexis DeJoria in Seattle. Taking this step forward is a big one for Lindberg, especially if he can qualify in the quick half of the field and get a favorable first-round matchup. He’s qualified in the top half of the field in four out of 13 races this year.
As if that wasn’t enough, Lindberg is, as usual, tuning Jay Payne’s Alcohol Funny Car in addition to his own Alcohol Funny Car, which is being driven by his brother, Johan. It’s another busy weekend for Lindberg at the biggest race of his career. No pressure.
Finalerna i Indianapolis på måndag Memorial Day! Kör hårt Jonnie!