Taking advantage of Elite Motorsports’ Ride and Drive program, 16-year Comp veteran Chris McGaha will be in the driver’s seat of the team's Pontiac GXP Pro Stocker at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil.
The CNC machinist from Odessa, Texas, has been a longtime friend of Richard Freeman and the Freeman family, so he was a natural fit. McGaha began his racing career in Jr. Dragster before graduating into Comp, where he and his father, Lester, have developed their own engine program.
McGaha will be taking on double driving duty as he also plans to run his Comp entry in Indy. Freeman is looking forward to helping another driver realize the dream of running in one of the most revered classes in all of drag racing.
“Chris and I have been friends for many, many years, even before he began driving,” said Freeman, who runs Elite Motorsports as well as RaceAuction.com. “I’m looking forward to this venture at Indy with Chris and Lester. I hope we do well so that we can build on this relationship and continue a program with them.”
McGaha and Elite Motorsports will be doing extensive testing prior to the event. Well-known engine builder Jimmy Oliver heads up the Elite Performance engine program along with Cory Mattson. David Nickens will continue to serve as crew chief, with Robert Freeman on the clutch and Kyle Wilkerson rounding out the team.