Jonathan Gray earns Pro Stock license, will race in Gainesville
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Jonathan Gray, the youngest son of veteran drag racer Johnny Gray and brother of fifth-year Pro Stock driver Shane Gray, earned a Pro Stock license of his own Monday at a test session in Florida. In true Gray family fashion, Jonathan was a quick study and was soon at ease behind the wheel of the Gray Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro.
Wishing to waste no time in honing his newfound skills, Gray will make his Professional debut in the ultracompetitive Pro Stock category at the 45th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville this weekend.
The Mooresville, N.C.-based rookie settled into a Pro Stocker for the first time just five days ago, when he got his feet wet with a pair of burnouts and a couple of partial runs. Gray, who raced a B/AA Pontiac GTO in NHRA's Comp eliminator category in 2012, had little trouble in his new venture but was cautiously optimistic following the initial foray.
"It's tons different than my old Comp car," said Gray, following his successful first attempt at the notoriously tricky Pro Stock burnout. "There is a lot more going on. You have to think about throttle control a whole lot more, changing gears, keeping it straight. There is just a whole lot more to worry about in the Pro Stock car than the automatic car, that's for sure. It was a big sense of relief getting the first burnout out of the way. I know I can do it now, but we'll see. We'll see what happens."
Gray's Pro Stock license forms were signed by Shane and their father, Johnny.
"I'm as comfortable as I know how to be in the car right now, and I'm just going to keep chipping away at it, keep getting runs and getting more comfortable," said Gray. "Really and truly, not a whole lot excites me. I'm pretty even. But this does. This excites me."
For more on Gray's licensing, visit NationalDragster.net.