Gardner Continues Pursuit Of Speed
A high-speed save highlighted Damion Gardner’s Wednesday at the Bonneville Salt Flats.
Gardner drove the “Green Demon” to his fastest pass yet on his first run, covering the long course at 190 mph.
Wednesday, with fans looking on including David Epp, a Gardner fan who came all the way from Ontario, Canada to see his assault on speed, Gardner drove the sleek silver sprint car to his fastest speed yet when he blistered the salt on the long course at 190 mph.
After the run, Gardner thought the big “dream liners” had slushed up the center line of the long course so the Go Rhino! Products team decided to head back to one of the shorter courses for its next pass.
By the time Gardner got to the head of the line for his second pass of the day, the temperature had vaulted to 100 degrees again.
In the afternoon, that extreme heat draws water up from the aquifer and makes the salt slippery. The “Green Demon” took off and onlookers were thinking this one could be the magical 200 mph run.
However, the car spun on the slippery surface at approximately 200 mph, but Gardner gathered the car back in and kept the wheels on the ground while bringing the car to a rest off course.
The safety crew checked Gardner out and made the “Green Demon” go through an inspection and each passed with flying colors setting the table for another run at 200 mph on Thursday morning.
Mike Grosswendt, one of the partners in the project, talked about the spin.
“Damion is super fired up, but seems to acknowledge this is not going to be a cake walk,” Grosswendt said. “He has noted extreme characteristics (including extreme lateral movement in the rear end) occurring at these speeds which are intriguing him. He is facing the most complex problem of his career and appears to be deep in thought. I really think the outcome is unpredictable. The only thing certain is that
‘Green Demon’ will be on the course at dawn’s early light.”