Cheyne Phillips, the son of Australia's most successful Pro Alcohol drag racer Gary Phillips, has finally made his first runs in a blown alcohol dragster.
Cheyne gave the family's old rail some love, and has thrown in a mild combo suited to Supercharged Outlaws duties. His first laps have been a long time coming, but he took to the track with a familiarity that should be expected of someone with his experience.
"I licenced the old faithful dragster over the past two weekends, and fulfilled my lifelong dream of driving a race car," he said. "It’s been a year long project in the making, between our other racing commitments, and it was awesome to finally get it out on track."
Shane made seven passes in total to get his licence signed off, with a best of 6.08 at 223mph.
"The car was completely re-vamped and updated since Dad drove it last (after winning 11 Australian championships with it). It is currently set up for Supercharged Outlaws duties, to get some racing experience. It runs fast early, with sixty foots in the .960-.970 zone, 330ft times in the 2.5s, and half track ETs in the 3.8s at close to 190mph, all while keeping the engine RPM below 8000, to keep costs and maintenance low.
"There are so many people to thank for this, but most importantly is Mum and Dad. Thank you for everything you’ve ever done for me from day one. I know it’s been a long road, and despite my daily nagging about when I’d get to drive, and your answers of 'one day', or 'we’ll see', it’s finally here!
"Steve Harker, Justin Walshe, Aaron Burge, Mark Brew, Fred Westhoff, our sponsors Speedflow Australia, Alpine Fresh Refrigerated Transport, Lumn Lighting, Hoosier Racing Tire, and everyone else who has helped out with this project, thank you so much! I really appreciate it more than you know!
"It’s been a long time coming, but so happy that it’s finally happened. Getting to rev it up and swap feet is as much fun as I’ve always imagined it would be, and I can’t wait to get back out there again soon. Let’s go racing!"