The DRAW booth will be in a new location on Manufacturers’ Midway at the NHRA events this season. The DRAW Booth will be a standalone operation and located 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 DRAW’s ever-popular automotive jewelry.
Permatex, a leading innovator in chemical technology for automotive maintenance and repair, will continue its long time sponsorship of the Follow A Dream 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 Eastern 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.” Over 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 events, and 10 divisional/regional events 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.
David Parks, the youngest son of NHRA founder Wally Parks, passed away suddenly Jan. 8 at his home in Corona Del Mar, Calif. He was 63.
Parks was a member of the Lakers car club of the Southern California Timing Association and held many records in the 200 MPH Club at Bonneville, El Mirage, and Muroc.
Parks is survived by his wife, Barbara Coddington Parks; daughters Mari Parks Bell and Tamara Parks; granddaughters Tesla and Annalee Bell, brother Richard Parks; nephews Scott, David, and Michael Parks; three grandnephews and four grandnieces.
Services will be held on Saturday, Jan.16, at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, 2300 Bonita Canyon Road, Newport Beach, CA.
An early-morning fire Wednesday damaged the tower at Auto Club Famoso Raceway, an NHRA member track that is home to NHRA’s California Hot Rod reunion and the annual March Meet.
The Kern County Fire Department responded to the fire, but due to the rural location of the facility and the lack of nearby hydrants, crews had to shuttle water from the canal at Hwy 99 & Why 46 to the track in order to fight the fire.
The old part of the tower, that had recently been turned into a VIP and hospitality area, and the storage area below, which housed mission critical equipment, was a complete loss. The structure collapsed during the fire. One of the tracks safety vehicles that was parked next to the structure also was heavily damaged.
Due to the efforts of the Kern County Fire Department Station 33 out of McFarland, the new part of the tower where the almost irreplaceable timing equipment is kept, suffered some minor damage but the equipment inside was spared. If this part of the structure was lost, it would be practically impossible to have replacement equipment built and installed in time for the Good Vibrations Motorsports March Meet (March 3-6, 2016).
At this point Auto Club Famoso Raceway is committed to the 2016 schedule as posted. We obviously have our work cut out for us and it will be a struggle to be ready for the Good Vibrations Motorsports March Meet Test & Tune (Feb. 19-21, 2016) , but we are already working toward making this happen.
We have been contacted by tracks, racers, fans, and companies across the US offering their support in providing whatever is needed to bring the track back to operating condition. The racing community is strong and we cannot express our heartfelt thanks to the offers of support.
The Kern County Racing Association operates Auto Club Famoso Raceway (just north of Bakersfield, Calif.) and promotes a full schedule of races year round, including the world famous March Meet, which is recognized as the Mecca of nostalgia drag racing. For more details, visit www.autoclubfamosoraceway.com.