Fans witnessed a pretty cool moment on the starting line toward the end of Funny Car qualifying during the NHRA Southern Nationals. Blake Alexander’s car wouldn’t fire, and while Paul Lee waited patiently in the other lane, Alexander’s team thrashed in an effort to get the engine started.
While nothing seemed to work, competitor Tim Wilkerson, who won his first-round matchup earlier, came flying to the starting line on his scooter, towing a starting rig behind. Wilkerson joined the fray, and Alexander’s crew chief, Daniel Wilkerson (Tim’s son), continued to thrash.
Finally, NHRA had Lee fire his car and eventually ordered Alexander’s team to give up the ghost. Of course, his car then fired – and the parachutes shot out the back – and Alexander’s team tried to line up against Lee but NHRA said no.
“The safety switch tripped and it killed it,” Daniel Wilkerson said. “I just started unplugging stuff and plugging it back in and it magically started working again. I figured out which connector is (bad) so I got it plugged back in and then it lit green. Tim (Wilkerson) was standing there while I was doing all that and started it back up and then the chutes fell out. I have no idea why it did that.
“But that’s just been our luck lately. We’re having a little bit of growing pains. But we’re going to work them out. We’re going to be a badass car.”
— Competition Plus (@competitionplus) January 4, 2019