With the racing season fast approaching, Top Alcohol Dragster racer Cameron Ferré and Miersch Racing are pleased to announce that American Plastic Technologies will be joining their 2016 efforts starting at the Circle K NHRA Winternationals. Coming off a standout performance in 2015, Ferré and Miersch Racing look to continue their success in 2016 with American Plastic Technologies and Racepak Data Systems.
“I couldn’t be happier to join forces with APT," said Ferré. "We developed a B2B relationship through some projects that started over at Racepak, and it blossomed into something greater. I know firsthand that APT manufactures the highest quality polyurethane parts in the business for various industries, such as automotive aftermarket, OEM, off road, military, medical, and the oil industry. With over 30 years of industry experience, that alone speaks volumes for the quality of the products APT produces. It is an honor to represent APT and Racepak together on one car this year. I hope to help them develop more great business relationships within NHRA Drag Racing.”
It was a busy offseason for Miersch Racing, which has been gearing up and stockpiling parts all winter as the team prepares to enter the 2016 season seeking its first event win.
“In 2015, the team came so close," said Ferré. "I think we as a team are ready to turn it up a notch and build off of last year’s progress. I have all the faith in my team with Larry’s tuning ability alongside the marketing partners who have supported us. I cannot wait to get in the car and march down the racetrack.”
The team will kick off its season at the 56th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, its home track. Miersch Racing also represents CP-Carrillo, MSD Performance, JBS, Coldcock Whiskey, Ted Wiens Auto Centers, Ultimate Design, Brico Ind., Bell Helmets, Manton Pushrods, Black Flys, and Popeye Energy. For more information about American Plastic Technologies, log on to www.americanplastictech.com
Krista Baldwin will make her Top Alcohol Dragster debut this weekend at the Circle K NHRA Winternationals piloting an A/Fuel dragster. This will be her first national event competition at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Baldwin will be running under the McLeod Racing colors as the first McLeod Racing-sponsored A/Fuel dragster.
Baldwin is no stranger to the sport of drag racing. Being the granddaughter of legendary drag racing pioneer Chris “the Greek” Karamesines, she has grown up in the sport. Karamesines was the first to break the 200-mph barrier in Alton, Ill., in 1960. He is currently the oldest active Top Fuel driver at the ripe age of 83. But Karamesines is not the only family member who has jumped into a Top Fuel dragster. Her late father, Bobby Baldwin, also drove his own Top Fuel dragster from the late 1980s until his unsuspected passing in 2001. Baldwin was a local to Pomona and grew up just on the other side of the hill from the Fairplex at Pomona grounds. His memory lives at his home track as his friends and family celebrate “Bobby Baldwin Day” on Fridays in Pomona. Krista Baldwin is keeping his memory alive as she drives this weekend in the Top Alcohol Dragster category.
“When I get into that dragster and I make a pass down the track, I feel like I am living both his dream and mine," said Baldwin. "It’s a surreal feeling getting to drive a nitro car. Ever since I was little, I knew I wanted to drive. It’s awesome being able to make my first race at my home track in Pomona with all my family and friends. I’m so excited to share this experience with them. I have some great people backing me this weekend on the sponsorship, and I’ll remember this weekend for my whole life."
The Nitro University A/Fuel dragster that she will be driving is owned by Anthony Dicero. Dicero has been around the sport for years and decided two years ago to begin the Nitro University, which gives people the chance to earn their A/Fuel license or work on the car. The university offers a variety of classes throughout the drag racing season. Last year, Dicero licensed more than 12 drivers in his A/Fueler, including Baldwin. Dicero and Baldwin met last year during the spring Charlotte event, and the two hit it off right away, knowing that they can make a successful partnership.
“We have the mindset to win, and that’s what we’re going to do this weekend," said Dicero. "We made some test passes last weekend in Phoenix, and we are ready to hit the ground running for the 2016 season. This has already been an awesome year, and it’s just getting started. Krista and I make a great team, and we both are excited for what’s to come next."
Baldwin will be flying the McLeod Racing colors along with Clevite, CP-Carrillo, Lucas Oil, TBM Brakes, Shelton’s Poultry, Nitro University, and HK’s Bar and Grill. She can be found on Facebook
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The DRAW booth will be in a new location on the Manufacturers Midway at NHRA events this season, as a standalone operation near the Amalie display on the Midway. Look for the tent with the blue/gray top. DRAW will still be selling qualifying and ladder sheets, DRAW and divisional merchandise, and its ever-popular automotive jewelry.
Permatex, a leading innovator in chemical technology for automotive maintenance and repair, will continue its longtime sponsorship of the Follow A Dream Top Alcohol Funny Car as the team’s corporate sponsor for the 2016 NHRA season.
The Follow A Dream team enters the new season on the heels of a second-place finish in the East Region and a seventh-place finish nationally in 2015. The national finish tied the best finish ever posted by the team. This year marks the 12th consecutive season that Permatex has partnered with Jay Blake and his Follow A Dream race team in the NHRA series.
“We're very proud to continue our partnership with Permatex, and we're excited for the 2016 season to start and to build on our success from last year,” said Blake. “We had a great year but just missed out on our best finish ever nationally, and we want to get there this year.” In the past six years, the Permatex Follow A Dream team has been in the NHRA top 10 four times.
Follow A Dream also announced the retirement of Tom Howell, longtime tuner of the Permatex/Follow A Dream team cars. Howell has been an indispensable part of the Follow A Dream team since 2003, and under his guidance, the team has captured a regional championship, four national event titles, and 10 divisional/regional event titles, including three wins in 2015 with driver Todd Veney, a veteran NHRA racer and motorsports journalist who has been with the Follow A Dream team since 2010.