Once again I am starting my blog with an excuse or two on why it has been so long since I have written a blog. This time however, I think my excuse is a pretty good one, and he happens to be cute too! On Sept. 10, my girlfriend Cori and I welcomed an 8 pound 4 ounce baby boy named Cameron into the world. For the past month or so, when I wasn’t busy racing, I was busy preparing for his arrival. It is amazing the joy a new baby brings into your life, and he truly is a blessing.
With so much focus on the new baby, the month of September is almost over, which means, once again, we will be rolling out our pink dragster for breast cancer awareness month. We have partnered with SHE4Life, an organization that helps support breast cancer patients and their families and we are looking forward to raising as much money for them as we can.
Not only will our car be pink, but we will also be paying tribute to people who have been affected by breast cancer, by placing their name on the car. We are inviting everyone to participate in our cause, by allowing them to honor a loved one by having their name placed on my car, in exchange for a donation to SHE4Life. Donation packages start at just 40 dollars. For more details on the different packages that we are offering visit this link: http://www.she4life.com/cart/viewCategory.cfm?cat=12
Act fast, after all, October will be here next week and we would like to have their name on the car for Reading, Vegas, and Pomona.
We will also have our annual “Pink Jersey Auction” this year, to help raise even more money for SHE4Life, and that will begin after the season.
New this year you will also be able to purchase a special edition breast cancer awareness diecast of our dragster. They will be sold exclusively at www.planbsales.com. Due to the fact that production started on those months ago, the diescast won’t have the names of those we honor on it, but they are limited edition, and from what I have seen, they look very cool!
Other than that not much else is going on. I am heading to St. Louis right now, and I am bringing a new good luck charm with me, and hoping to see some good results with the car. Make sure you keep up with me in between blogs at www.facebook.com/terrymcmillenracing or follow me on Twitter @terrymcmillen.
It has been a long time since I have updated my blog and for that I am sorry. I haven’t had a weekend in which I didn’t a race or have race related event since Easter, so quite honestly I haven’t had much to write about. If you are reading this, I assume you follow me on Twitter @terrymcmillen or Facebook, facebook.com/terrymcmillenracing, so you already know about the two semifinal appearances we have had recently, and when I blog, I like to talk about things that happen away from the race track.
I was fortunate to finally get a weekend off away from my world of drag racing, and I spent it by doing a little Chillen and Grillen to celebrate baby McMillen. I can’t take credit for that little rhyme, as it was what the actual invitations said, but in all seriousness I did enjoy time with family and friends and great food at our co-ed baby shower.
For those of you that haven’t heard my girlfriend Cori and I are expecting a baby this September, so we decided to celebrate with the people we care most about and it turned out to be a great day. My good buddy Scott from Allstar Performance and his family volunteered to do all the cooking for the party, and words can’t describe how great the food was.
We had so much fun hanging out with the people we care most about. With my crew living in different parts of the country, only a couple of them were able to come to the party, but they still managed to be there in spirit. All of my guys, pitched in and got a Nitro a GoGo diaper bag made by Leeza Diehl, Funny Car driver Jeff Diehl’s wife. Of course the bag had an alligator, Amalie Oil logo, and my car number on it. I will tell you what. The fact that a group of guys was willing to pitch in for a diaper bag, goes to show just how great the guys are that work for me. I wouldn’t trade any of them.
With my one free weekend behind me, I am off to Denver. I am excited to see what the western swing has in store for the Amalie Oil, UNOH team. We have had had some great moments this season and some of the worst moments in my career, but I really feel things are turning around for the team, and I am going to fight as hard as possible to get into the top ten this year, and I have faith that the nine guys behind the car are going to help make that happen!
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Well the first race of the season didn’t quite turn out the way I had hoped. If you read the last blog, you saw that my car wasn’t ready to go testing in West Palm Beach with the rest of the teams. The plan was to go test in Vegas on our way out to Pomona. We made it to Vegas with every intention to get some good laps under our belt, but when we got to Vegas the weather was not good. It was very cold. In fact, there were flurries there one of the days. We made two quick hits, but the car didn’t like the cold temperatures, so we packed up and headed to Pomona.
Not being able to test put us behind at Pomona. We had a planned shut off for the first run, and struggled to figure out the right combination for the rest of the qualifying sessions. As you could see, it took your “A” game to qualify, and we were not ready to bring that to Pomona. I have a feeling this whole season will be a tough battle, and I am counting on Richard Hartman to get this car running competitively.
I wish I had more to update you all on, but there isn’t much excitement when you DNQ the first race of the year. Hopefully we will have better results in Phoenix. In fact, I have a feeling there are going to be some pretty incredible times, because the weather is going to be cool. Anyway, to stay up to date with me and the team between blogs follow me on twitter @terrymcmillen, like me on Facebook www.facebook.com/terrymcmillenracing, or subscribe to my YouTube channel www.youtube.com/terrymcmillenracing!
This has been the busiest off season that I have experienced by far. Our team is in that gray area where we need more help to get everything done, but we can’t afford to hire any more full timers, so I have been taking on the role of two or three people here at the shop, focusing mostly on the marketing side of things. I have also made a vow to keep up with my blogs. Last year, I didn’t do such a great job, but it is a new season and I am improving our program in many different areas, including the time I spend blogging!
Over the off season, I decided to make some changes to my program. As happy as Amalie Oil, University of Northwestern Ohio and the rest of my marketing partners are with what we are accomplishing for them, I want to be more competitive and I think the changes we are making will assist in that. For starters, we sent our car off to McKinney’s to get a new front half put on. While they were doing that they made modifications near the driver’s compartment/windshield area which should help with aerodynamics. The car wasn’t ready to go testing in West Palm Beach with the other teams, but we will be testing before we arrive in Pomona. I also decided to upgrade to the newer cylinder heads, and have updated our supercharger program. I have a couple new crew members, and my crew chief Richard Hartman is spending more time with the car than ever before. In fact, he picked it up from McKinney and took it straight to his shop, so I have yet to see it in person. The combination of changes we made, I believe will help us run more consistent and competitive, and I am looking forward to getting in the car this season, though I still don’t know how easy it will be with the new design….I may need a step stool!
The gator theme dragster will be back, with an updated version of the gator. I can’t wait to see the wrap on the car. Michelle and Gonzalo from Amalie Oil have been working so hard to get it done, and from what I have seen it is going to be pretty cool. Basically it will be the same look, but the teeth of the gator are more vicious and visible.
We also have a new Terry McMillen Racing logo. Mandy who works at UNOH helped us with that. She designed it and we liked it! I can’t thank her enough for working on this! We have seen it embroidered and it looks great!
I have a lot to get done before we hit the road this season, but I promise to keep you all more informed on what I have going on. For updates in between blogs “like” my Facebook page facebook.com/terrymcmillenracing or follow me on Twitter and I’ll follow you back @terrymcmillen.