single post

Stretched by crash in ADRL Round 4, B1 racer Ali Aryan “Ready to go” in Round 5

DOHA, Qatar – B1 Racing driver Ali Aryan has driven all kinds of cars in competition, from drag racing to karting and beyond, but his driving skills were certainly tested and stretched last week when he heard something snap in his DHL Pro Extreme Pro Mod while accelerating past 120 mph during qualifying. The veteran driver was forced into the path of the car in the lane next to him – something that could have been catastrophic — but the quick reaction of the other driver and Aryan’s skills kept damage to a minimum.

In the end, it was a four link in the suspension that stretched and broke that brought on the chain of events which led Aryan to the left retaining wall from his right lane.

“One of the heim joints broke in the four link, and the four link broke into two pieces. Then one of the pieces punctured the left rear tire and blew it up. So once it was punctured, that was it. I went into the second lane, trying to steer the car back into my lane and stop the car. I had the steering wheel in my hands the whole time, but I couldn’t control it at all. We hit the wall, and I got the parachutes out and came to a stop in the middle of the track,” Aryan explained.

“The damage was basically cosmetic. We put a new rear end in the car, new four link, new wheelie bars, did a little body work, and that’s it. Rick Hickman [crew chief] and the whole B1 team did a great job getting things put back together,” he said. “As far as me, I’m fine – no problems at all.”

The idea of getting back into a car that has hit the wall doesn’t phase Aryan.

“I’m not concerned about the car at all. After we got everything put back together, we had a chance to do a couple of 330-foot passes to test out our launch and everything looked good. We are hoping we get a chance to make at least one test run on Thursday before we start qualifying.

“Either way, we know this car is capable of low 3.60-s, and if the weather is as perfect as it has been, we can get a 3.50-something out of it, no problem.

“I’m anxious and ready to go,” Aryan added.

Three rounds of qualifying are scheduled for Thursday beginning at 2 p.m. local time, with one more round of qualifying scheduled for Friday at 2 p.m. Eliminations are scheduled to be run in their entirety Friday evening.

DOHA, Qatar – B1 Racing driver Ali Aryan has driven all kinds of cars in competition, from drag racing to karting and beyond, but his driving skills were certainly tested and stretched last week when he heard something snap in his DHL Pro Extreme Pro Mod while accelerating past 120 mph during qualifying. The veteran driver was forced into the path of the car in the lane next to him – something that could have been catastrophic — but the quick reaction of the other driver and Aryan’s skills kept damage to a minimum.

In the end, it was a four link in the suspension that stretched and broke that brought on the chain of events which led Aryan to the left retaining wall from his right lane.

“One of the heim joints broke in the four link, and the four link broke into two pieces. Then one of the pieces punctured the left rear tire and blew it up. So once it was punctured, that was it. I went into the second lane, trying to steer the car back into my lane and stop the car. I had the steering wheel in my hands the whole time, but I couldn’t control it at all. We hit the wall, and I got the parachutes out and came to a stop in the middle of the track,” Aryan explained.

“The damage was basically cosmetic. We put a new rear end in the car, new four link, new wheelie bars, did a little body work, and that’s it. Rick Hickman [crew chief] and the whole B1 team did a great job getting things put back together,” he said. “As far as me, I’m fine – no problems at all.”

The idea of getting back into a car that has hit the wall doesn’t phase Aryan.

“I’m not concerned about the car at all. After we got everything put back together, we had a chance to do a couple of 330-foot passes to test out our launch and everything looked good. We are hoping we get a chance to make at least one test run on Thursday before we start qualifying.

“Either way, we know this car is capable of low 3.60-s, and if the weather is as perfect as it has been, we can get a 3.50-something out of it, no problem.

“I’m anxious and ready to go,” Aryan added.

Three rounds of qualifying are scheduled for Thursday beginning at 2 p.m. local time, with one more round of qualifying scheduled for Friday at 2 p.m. Eliminations are scheduled to be run in their entirety Friday evening.