2018 NHRA Spring Training Quotes – Shawn Langdon Global Electronic Technology Toyota Camry Funny Car

How has the adjustment to Funny Cars been for you?
It’s going good. I’m just learning on every run really. I’m making some small leaps in the learning process just going down the track in testing. It’s been pretty good progress so far. I’m just working through it.
 
What are your thoughts on Pomona?
I’m excited to get to Pomona. I’ve been waiting since last November to get there.  Pomona is where I grew up. I had a lot of success there in the Top Fuel car, so I can’t wait to run this Global Electronic Technology Camry there at the Winternationals.
What are your goals for your first season in Funny Car?
To win and compete for the championship at the end of the year.  I’m looking to be a contender right out of the gate. Winning the title is the main goal.
How has it been working with two world championship-winning crew chiefs in Tommy DeLago and Nicky Boninfante?
Nicky and Tommy know how to tune the car. If I can minimize my mistakes as a driver and minimize the learning curve that’s going to be the key to our success. It’s part of the reason that I came over here to do this.
How has it helped having J.R. Todd as a teammate after he made a similar transition to Funny Cars from Top Fuel last year?
J.R.’s been very instrumental in my early learning process of these cars – explaining a lot of the things that he went through – just the characteristics of the car.  He’s helped me get through steps 1, 2 and 3 of the learning process of what to expect. It’s easy to talk to him. We’re buddies on and off the track. We’ve been sharing a lot of information through testing. It’s going to be a good fit for us both.  But, at the end of the day, you’ve got to get the seat of the pants deal and that’s where the testing laps come into play.
Tommy DeLago Global Electronic Technology Toyota Camry FC Crew Chief:
 
How is Shawn doing in his transition to Funny Cars?
He may be new to Funny Car, but he’s not new to driving a Fuel car – not really new to driving any drag racing car. He’s the type of guy who’s ultra-competitive and anything with four wheels he can drive the hell out of.  Right now, it’s just a little acclimation for him to get used to having a body around him. It’s a little bit tighter space in the Funny Car than in the dragster.
He looks like he’s been driving these things for years already, albeit, he’s like ‘I’m a little bit behind it and I can do better.’ We thought he’d driven it perfect, but he didn’t think he did. That right there tells me we don’t have anything to worry about. He knows what he wants to do. He’s very critical of himself and holds himself to high standards.  All we have to do is make the car as good as we can for him and he’ll do the rest.  We need to just work on winning rounds and learn to win races as a team and then just let the rest of it come to us.
What’s it like working with this line-up of drivers at Kalitta Motorsports?
I think right now the crew of drivers that we have here at Kalitta has basically made it so there’s no excuses for the crew chiefs.  Everything is on the crew chiefs now. We have drivers that are bad to the bone, so now the pressure is on for us to produce. We have to step up to the plate and do our jobs and everything will be fine.
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