Damion Gardner Tops Out At 194 MPH
Damion Gardner will return to oval track racing tonight at Perris Auto Speedway, but when he does it will be with the title “The World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver.”
While Gardner was unable to reach the goal of a 200 mph run in his 2010 Beast sprint car during Friday’s final day of activity at the Bonneville Salt Flats, he did make a pass of 194.27 mph before spinning on his final attempt on the slippery salt surface.
“Two-hundred was a nice round number,” Gardner said. “That is what we went there shooting for, but we didn’t get it. It leaves something for us to shoot for next year. We definitely learned a lot this week.”
He looks forwards to getting a full year to get the car ready this time.
“We really did not get started (putting the car together) until, I don’t know, maybe two months ago,” he said. “It was a lot of work in a short amount of time. It was definitely full steam ahead working on it.”
The wiry driver continued about the time and sacrifices.
“I don’t think I have been home for more than a week in two months,” he laughed. “I have been down in Ventura putting the car together. It has been a lot of late nights. My guys from up north came down and helped and we got it done. So, it will not be like that (getting the car ready for 2014), but you know racing. There is always a lot of late nights.”