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Hernandez’ forecast for ADRL Round 5: “Fast”

DOHA, Qatar – According to B1 Racing Pro Extreme driver Josh Hernandez, the weather in Qatar is perfect for racing: only 50 grains of water and an adjusted altitude of 600 feet. To the casual fan, water grains and altitude mean nothing more than sweating when you hike to the top of the stands, but crew chiefs and drivers salivate when they see conditions like this. Dry air with lots of oxygen means lots of combustion, and that means horsepower. Translated: if the weather holds out, Round 5 of the Arabian Drag Racing League Championship will be extremely fast.

“Fast is good. We like that,” Hernandez said as he prepared for this week’s battle – a battle that is shaping up to be epic in proportion. With four out of eight races in the books, Hernandez is currently tied for second place and less than two round-wins out of the lead.

“When the season started, there were just a few teams that I thought were in contention to take the championship. We won the first race and jumped out to an early lead, but the landscape has really changed as far as powerful racers. There’s been a kind of changing of the guard, so to speak.

“Frankie Taylor has been on a tear since last year when he won the Pro Extreme Belt, he can definitely run numbers. Add to that Alex Hossler who is running career-best times, JR Todd who is coming on strong, Matt Smith who laid down a 3.50-something in testing this week, and even Ali [Aryan, Hernandez B1 teammate] has a car that can go to the winner’s circle. That’s a whole lot of heavy hitters that can have a great lap at any given time.

“I’m not worried that we can compete, though. Jim Oddy and Troy Critchley are the best of the best, and we’ve also got Rick Hickman and now Pat Musi tuning our nitrous car giving input as well. That’s a whole lot of brain power that can create a whole lot of horsepower, and that’s what it’s going to take to win races,” he said.

“What it comes down to is this: this weekend we should see some really great, fast racing conditions, and that means it will come down to tuning and driving. I know our guys will do their part, and I feel confident I can do my part. It’ll be great for the fans to watch, whether they are catching it online in the States or are here live in Qatar,” Hernandez said.

DOHA, Qatar – According to B1 Racing Pro Extreme driver Josh Hernandez, the weather in Qatar is perfect for racing: only 50 grains of water and an adjusted altitude of 600 feet. To the casual fan, water grains and altitude mean nothing more than sweating when you hike to the top of the stands, but crew chiefs and drivers salivate when they see conditions like this. Dry air with lots of oxygen means lots of combustion, and that means horsepower. Translated: if the weather holds out, Round 5 of the Arabian Drag Racing League Championship will be extremely fast.

“Fast is good. We like that,” Hernandez said as he prepared for this week’s battle – a battle that is shaping up to be epic in proportion. With four out of eight races in the books, Hernandez is currently tied for second place and less than two round-wins out of the lead.

“When the season started, there were just a few teams that I thought were in contention to take the championship. We won the first race and jumped out to an early lead, but the landscape has really changed as far as powerful racers. There’s been a kind of changing of the guard, so to speak.

“Frankie Taylor has been on a tear since last year when he won the Pro Extreme Belt, he can definitely run numbers. Add to that Alex Hossler who is running career-best times, JR Todd who is coming on strong, Matt Smith who laid down a 3.50-something in testing this week, and even Ali [Aryan, Hernandez B1 teammate] has a car that can go to the winner’s circle. That’s a whole lot of heavy hitters that can have a great lap at any given time.

“I’m not worried that we can compete, though. Jim Oddy and Troy Critchley are the best of the best, and we’ve also got Rick Hickman and now Pat Musi tuning our nitrous car giving input as well. That’s a whole lot of brain power that can create a whole lot of horsepower, and that’s what it’s going to take to win races,” he said.

“What it comes down to is this: this weekend we should see some really great, fast racing conditions, and that means it will come down to tuning and driving. I know our guys will do their part, and I feel confident I can do my part. It’ll be great for the fans to watch, whether they are catching it online in the States or are here live in Qatar,” Hernandez said.