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Tim Wilkerson Preview: NHRA Indy Summernationals


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2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
Indy 2 – Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals

Series Notes:

  • The Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals is the second consecutive event at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis following a four-month hiatus due to COVID-19.
Tim Wilkerson

Tim Wilkerson

Tim Wilkerson
Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang
Car No.: FC10
Current points position: 4

Event Notes:

  • The 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series marks the 25th season as a nitro Funny Car driver for Tim Wilkerson, driver of the Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang
  • Last weekend he raced to the semifinals at the national event held at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis to move up to No. 4 in the Funny Car standings
  • Wilkerson debuted a fresh paint scheme on his LRS Mustang, designed by celebrated motorsports artist Greg Ozubko, last weekend at the Indy event
  • Tim Wilkerson is one of two Funny Car drivers currently campaigning the new Ford Mustang Funny Car body. He made the move to
  • Ford Performance in 2009 and since that time has acquired 10 of 20 NHRA Wally trophies as a Ford driver. The only drivers to have more wins in a Ford Funny Car are John Force and Robert Hight.
  • Team Summit driver Wilkerson is also the tuner and team owner of the LRS Ford Mustang Funny Car. His was the only single-car team in the category to finish in the top 10 in each of the last two seasons.
  • The early portion of Wilkerson’s career included a successful run as a Top Alcohol Funny Car driver. He earned eight division trophies, one national event win, and was the Division 3 Top Alcohol Funny Car champ in both 1994 and 1995 in the Lucas Oil Series before stepping up to the Pro ranks in Gainesville in 1996.

Wilkerson’s career stats following the 2020 NHRA Nationals at Indianapolis
(most recent event)
520 races
20 wins
24 runner-up finishes
44 final rounds
20 No. 1 qualifier awards
Career round wins (nitro Funny Car): 415
Career best e.t.: 3.844 (2017 Phoenix)
Career best speed: 333.74 (2016 Topeka)

“Last week, we gave ourselves a B-minus, and that isn’t too bad for the first race back after being away for so long. A semifinals finish is something we can build on. Anyhow, we’re looking forward to getting back out there with our Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang this weekend. We took clutches and clutch packs and pistons and rods and all that kind of stuff home with us to get everything in order, so we’ll be ready.”

Tim Wilkerson on social media:
Instagram: @timwilkersonracing;
Twitter: @TimWilkerson_FC

nhra logo2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car Standings
(after Indy 1, most recent event)

1. Jack Beckman 278
2. Tommy Johnson Jr. 276
3. Matt Hagan 238
4. Tim Wilkerson 179
5. John Force 173
6. Ron Capps 159
7. Alexis DeJoria 154
8. Bob Tasca III 149
9. J.R. Todd 141
10. Robert Hight 100

Run Schedule (all times local)
Saturday, July 18
11:30 a.m. – Pro Mod qualifying session 1
12:15 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 1
3:45 p.m. – Pro Mod qualifying session 2
4:30 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 2

Sunday, July 19
9:45 a.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro eliminations beginfox#NHRAonFOX Schedule (all times ET)
Qualifying / Saturday – 10:30-11:30 PM ET / FS1
Qualifying / Sunday – 11 AM – 12 PM ET / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 12-3 PM ET / FOX

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Photo Credit: Auto Imagery, Driver photo courtesy of NHRA

– Tim Wilkerson, 20x NHRA Nitro Funny Car Winner –