Four-time NHRA Pro Stock champ Greg Anderson will miss the first three months of the 2014 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season due to a scheduled surgery. He will be replaced by Swedish driver Jimmy Alund beginning at the Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, February 6th through 9th.
“It’s really not a big deal,” said Anderson on NHRA.com. “I was born with a bicuspid aortic heart valve (two valve openings instead of three). It’s something we’ve kept track of over the years, and my doctor has decided it’s time to make some repairs so I stay in good shape. I will miss the first few races of the season, but once the doctor says I’m good to go, I’m gonna be right back at it looking for another Pro Stock championship.”
Alund is an eight-time FIA Pro Stock champion in Europe. In 2013, he won five of the series’ six events and qualified No. 1 for all six. Alund’s Chevrolet Camaro featured a KB Racing engine. He also competed at several NHRA Pro Stock events in 2010.
“I’m really honored to be a part of this organization,” said Alund. “I have some big shoes to fill — Greg is one of the best Pro Stock drivers in the world, bar none. I believe that I’m up to the challenge, though. I’m looking forward to helping KB Racing win another championship.”
“In the U.S., you are running against the best of the best,” continued Alund. ”After all, this is the home of drag racing, so you expect that. We don’t race full time in Europe like the Pro teams do here, but racing is racing — we are just as competitive as the racers in America. This is a great opportunity for me to show that to American race fans.”
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