Indy Canadian Photo Extra

The Canadian presence was once again very significant during the recent NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis.  Here is a photo essay of just some of the highlights and participation…..

Ike Maier continued his steady climb within the Top Fuel category. Despite not qualifying driving the John Laporte car — the team was rewarded with a career best 4.017 secs at 309.67 mph.


London’s Paul Noakes and his team had a great showing at Indy. They qualified #7 in TAFC at 5.665 secs and collected the event’s “Best Appearing Crew” award.


New Brunswick’s Wendall Howes was once again a force within the Mopar Hemi Challenge event. He qualified his Hemi Cuda #5 at 8.510 secs and won round one.


Alberta’s Tom Nolan entered his fantastic ’64 Ford Thunderbolt in Stock eliminator at Indy. He had Arizona’s Tibor Kadar drive it and it went a best of 10.12 secs in A/SA


Edmonton’s Rick Paton came in for the Indy event to race his SS/AS 2002 Camaro. Paton qualified a .844 under his index.


Tony and Mark Martino qualified for the U.S. Nationals for the 2nd year in a row. The team ran a 6.604 secs to qualify #11 — but lost out to Vince Nobile in round #1.


Former U.S. Nationals TAD Champion Ken Perry did not run up to his usual standard at Indy this year. He qualified 10th before breakage took him out of competition in round #1.


Francois Periard had his truly immaculate B/SA Roadrunner at Indy and qualified that Quebec-based car #79 in Stock eliminator.


Rob Carpenter had his all new 2010 Cobalt entered in Super Stock at Indy. He had Sean Gaffney (from Clarence Creek ON) drive it.


Western Canada veteran Rick Pike came all the way from Langley BC to Indy to race his signature SS/PA ’56 Chevy. Despite running a rather stout .630 under he did not qualify for the very tough SS program.


Steve and Bud Pohill were entered in Comp with their London-based H/EA. The car went .258 under the index to qualify 44th.


Corinne MacMillian (from Ajax) had a strong go in Super Gas. She qualified #5 and then won three rounds of competition.

Nova Scotia’s John Armstrong had his ultra cool 427 Corvette SS/AA entered at Indy. The engine building guru ran a .857 under to qualify deep in the program.

Photos by:  Bruce Biegler