Aaron Russell will pilot ‘Back to Future’ Plymouth Satellite at Fuchs South Coast Raceway at the first event of 2015 as his ‘Russler’ Mustang is sidelined with mechanical issues.
Russell is one of 10 Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Cars set to take part in the event, with Darren Morgan making his Funny Car debut.
‘Back to the Future’ has been campaigned by New Zealander Willy White in recent events, including the recent Night of Fire at Sydney Dragway.
“We saw in Sydney that this car has plenty of potential and we are looking to take some race wins in it,” Russell said.
“Our car had some mechanical issues in Sydney and we were always going to be up against it in trying to get the parts we needed to get our car ready for Portland.”
The Victorian hopes to have a home ground advantage at Portland but admitted and believes a new surface on the eighth mile strip till play in the hands of ‘Back to the Future.
“This is a tough field, of the ten drivers that we have, you have some of the most awarded and respected drivers in Australia,” Russell said.
“It doesn’t matter whether it’s Rick Gauci, Paul Messineo, Shane Olive, Anthony Begley, Daniel Schultz or Justin Walshe, there are only tough racers and cars to compete against, but I am the local boy. Hopefully we have the crowd on our side to help give us an edge.
“We think the car’s setup will be suited to the eighth mile track at Portland. We’ll be working hard to get that 4000hp to the ground.”
The Outlaw Nitro Funny Cars hit Portland’s South Coast Raceway 3 January.