Jim Dunn Racing has named Jeff Arend as the driver of its Grime Boss Funny Car for the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Since naming Grime Boss heavy-duty hand and surface wipes as its 2013 primary sponsor, Jim Dunn Racing has focused its goals on reaching the Countdown to the Championship and is confident in Arend’s veteran driving skills to get the team to the next step.
Team owner and crew chief Jim Dunn is excited about the direction of his team for the new season. “The first thing we did when Grime Boss committed to being our primary sponsor was to immediately begin purchasing new engines, heads, blowers, and the related components to increase our level of performance,” he said. “Having a world-class driver and fellow Southern California resident like Jeff Arend pilot the car is something I’m really looking forward to this coming season.”
Arend began his drag racing career path with street machines in 1985 and moved up to the Professional ranks by qualifying in Paul Smith’s Funny Car at the 1995 NHRA Gatornationals. Along the way, Arend taught at Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School and drove Funny Cars for Chuck Beal, Al Hoffman, Paul Smith, and Chuck Worsham before moving over to the Kalitta Motorsports/DHL Funny Car from 2008 to 2012. During the recently completed season, he finished in the top 10 for the second year in a row, qualifying for every race and winning the Funny Car title at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Chicago. In 2012, Arend qualified for the inaugural Traxxas Funny Car Shootout, posted a career-best speed of 318.09 mph in Reading, and recorded a career-best elapsed time of 4.036 seconds during the NHRA Finals in Pomona.
“I am really excited about the upcoming season as well. The Dunns have made quite an investment in new parts, and we are all expecting to have a great year together,” said Arend. “I’ve known the Dunns for many years as fellow competitors and look forward to working with Hall of Fame crew chief and former driver 'Big Jim' Dunn.”
Grime Boss, in addition to becoming primary sponsor of the Funny Car team, was recently announced as the official heavy-duty hand cleaning wipe of the NHRA.
Forward Sports Marketing will continue retail promotions for Grime Boss in 2013 to include Funny Car displays at stores across the U.S. and an interactive space on the popular Nitro Alley midway at NHRA races.