Thursday, September 3, 2009
NHRA driver Jack Beckman sees room for improvement
Jack Beckman has a pair of goals in mind at the NHRA U.S Nationals in Indianapolis this weekend. First, he wants to improve in his runner-up finish from a year ago. Second, he wants to improve his position in the funny car standings before the Countdown to One playoffs begin.
Beckman advanced to the finals of last year’s U.S. Nationals, losing to Robert Hight.
“A lot of times you’d be pretty pleased to make it into the final round, but to get to the final round in Indy and not win is definitely unfinished business,” said Beckman, a driver for Don Schumacher Racing and a driver from North Hills.
Beckman has two funny car wins and is fifth in the funny car standings.
“We have a great shot at locking in fourth place,” Beckman said. “Right now we’re in fifth, but if we can do well in Indy we can seal fourth place, which is good. Even though NHRA tightens the points up for the playoffs, every 10 points means a lot at the end of the year.”
Photo: Jack Beckman has two wins and is in fifth place in the NHRA funny car standings entering the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis.