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先週の Pomona です。
今シーズンから New Driver として Nostalgia Funny Car Driver の John Hale を Team は迎えました。
John に取っては 7,000馬力 4秒台の Funny Car は初めての経験でした。
次に MQQNEYES Funny Car が走るのは 11月に Pomona, CA で開催される World Final です。

Last week in Pomona.
The new season brought a new driver to the team. Nostalgia Funny Car driver John Hale.
For John, this is his first time behind a 7,000hp 4-second Funny Car.
The next MQQNEYES Funny Car to run will be during the World Finals in Pomona, CA this November.

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Crew Shirt も Pants も All White.
Crew は大変だったと思います。

The Crew shirt and pants was all white.
It must have been difficult for the crew to stay clean.

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4.193sec 予選 13位で通過。

4.193sec pass resulted in 13th place.


Qualifying round: (see MOONEYES at 3:40)

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ごちゃごちゃしたカラーが多い中、White Car and Uniform はシンプルで好印象でした。

Among all the colorful mixtures of other teams, the white car and uniform was simple and made a good impression.

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日曜日 Elimination 1回戦目、対戦相手は 4.027/308mph で予選 4位の Cruz Pedregon.
何と, Cruz、Tire Smokeで敗退, John Hale – Jim Dunn Racing は 2回戦進出。
2回戦目の相手は昨年の Champion Matt Hagen, John Hale は Red Light (フライング) でアウト。
2回戦敗退でした。

During Sunday’s 1st run elimination, the opposing car driving by Cruz Pedregon qualified at 4.027/308mph for a 4th place rank.
However, Cruz smoked the tires allowing John Hale – Jim Dunn Racing to advance to the 2nd round.
During the 2nd round, the opponent was last year’s champion Matt Hagen. John Hale fouled out by a red light, losing the 2nd round.


Elimination 1st round: (see MOONEYES at 4:10)


Elimination 2nd round: (see MOONEYES at 7:30)

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勝ったチーム、 2回戦に向け調整があるので Return Road を戻るスピードも早い。

The winning team, advances the the next match so event the speed on the return road is fast.

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2回戦敗退ではありますが 日曜日、 Elimination 前に記念撮影。
Team は White の Nostalgia Uniform で “Best Appearing Crew Award” に選ばれました。
分かり易く言うとベストドレッサー賞? そんな感じです。
1992 Kenji が Indy でデビューした時、この Award を頂きました。
この Award ってルーキードライバーが初戦で予選通過しなかったチームが良く貰う
残念賞の様な物なのかなって思っていたのですが
今回は予選通過してこの Award ですから例外もある様です。
Kenji は? 初戦の Indy では予選落ちでした。

Although we lost in the 2nd round on Sunday, we took a team photo before the elimination.
The team’s white nostalgia uniform earned them an award for “Best Appearing Crew”.
It’s similar to being awarded for best dressed.
In 1992, when Kenji Okazaki made his debut at Indy, they received this same award.
This award is also commonly awarded to the team of rookie drivers that didn’t get passed the qualifying round (DNQ). I always thought it was a consolation prize of sorts. But, the team did make it passed the qualifying round and still received the award so maybe there’s an exception.
Kenji? Yes, he did not qualify (DNQ) at Indy.

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Nitro Funny Car の音に思わず耳をふさぐ図です。

This shows how people unintentionally protect their ears from the sound of the Nitro Funny Cars.

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皆 車の行方を追っています。

Everyone basically follows the direction of the car.

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コースの外側 一般道路にある入り口(閉鎖中)に駐車しレース観戦の LA County Fire Dept の方々。

The LA County Fire Dept was parked outside of the course near an entrance on a closed road watching the races.

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Fire Fighters, 特等席から写真撮っています。

From their special seats, the fire fighters were getting good pictures.

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