The No. 1 on the side of Mia Tedesco's Super Gas signifies she's the reigning world champion in the category, and therefore an automatic contender for the title of this weekend's 63rd annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. But considering she's won two Top Alcohol Dragster races in a row, Tedesco seems to be an even bigger threat in her "second" car.
"We are running really well in the dragster, no doubt," Tedesco said. "I mean, it's Indy, so you know the very best in the world will be there, but it certainly gives you a lot of confidence knowing you're coming off back-to-back wins.
"The guys have this thing running very consistently, which is huge in drag racing. We're trying very hard to get away from the occasional weird pass where something goes wrong. If you can get down the track under power every time, your chances of winning go way up."
Tedesco routinely drives both her CARS Vehicle Service Contracts/Schepel Motors/NGK/Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Dragster and her CARS Vehicle Service Contracts/VP Racing Fuels Super Gas Chevrolet Cavalier at the national and divisional races she enters.
In the last two weeks Tedesco has won Top Alcohol Dragster races in Indianapolis and Bowling Green, Ky. Her recent surge has lifted her to the North Central Region points lead and fourth place in the national rankings.
Aside from her TAD victory two weeks ago at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Tedesco also won the class during the Spring Spectacle of Speed in 2015.
As for defending her Super Gas world title, Tedesco remains a scrappy competitor. She's ranked in the top five in Division 3 and in the top 20 in the national points.
"Super Gas is such a tough class," Tedesco said. "We're doing all the same stuff we did last year, just not getting the same results. We are staying at it. No need to change anything. Eventually, things will turn back our way. I've definitely learned that fact in my time in drag racing. You can do the exact same thing every weekend and still not get the same results. There are just too many great drivers out there."
Super Gas qualifying begins at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, and continues at 8 a.m., Thursday. Eliminations are slated to start at 8 a.m., Friday.
Top Alcohol Dragster qualifying rounds are scheduled for 2 and 5 p.m., Friday, and 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Saturday. Eliminations begin at 10:45 a.m., Sunday.