Hanging out with great peopleThursday, February 23, 2012
Posted by: Terry McMillen, Amalie/UNOH Top Fueler

So much has happened over the past couple of weeks. I will start with the obvious…the first two races of the season. I can already tell this year is going to be better for the Amalie Oil/UNOH team than last year. Our new tune up, though not perfected, has kept our motors together. We have yet to hurt anything bad enough to result in an oildown penalty, which I would not have been able to brag about last year after the second race of the season.  We still have some kinks to work through, but I know we will get things figured out soon!

Aside from racing, Pomona was filled with some really exciting things. To kick things off we did a display at Performance Plus Tires with our friends at Cool Image Water to benefit two local sheriff’s departments. What great people that are the backbone to the success at Performance Plus Tire.

I also got to take a tour of the Genius Tools warehouse, which is in Pomona. The most impressive part of the tour was the extremely small section dedicated to returns (in other words they don’t get many). If you want to learn more about Genius Tools, visit their Facebook page. For every so many “likes” their page gets, they give away a tool set.

Our friends from Armed Forces Racing also came out to Pomona. With them we joined The Vet Hunters Project, which is a non-profit organization that helps homeless vets by giving them a place to live until they can find a job or finish their education and are able to survive on their own. We all went out Friday before qualifying to a homeless village to take homeless vets blankets, food and water. It is hard to accept and believe that men and woman that fought for our freedom are returning home only to end up without a home or job. We are working with Armed Forces Racing to find funding for a second car, so that they can bring awareness to the ugly reality that our veterans are faced with upon returning home from oversees.

In Phoenix we continued to hang out with many cool people, but it was a different type of hangout. It was a Google+ hangout. Basically we turn on our web cam at the track and anyone with a Google+ account can hang out with us by going to my Google+ account and clicking the “join hangout” button (after I have initiated a hangout). Only a limited amount of people can join the hangout at one time, but we are hoping we will be invited one day by Google to do a hangout on air, which opens it up to as many people as want to join. We will have another hangout going on Saturday in Gainesville so if you have a Google+ account and want to join, I’ll send out a public invite!

Next stop is Gainesville, which is always a good time for the gator car. Amalie will have a total of 150 employees at the race throughout the weekend, which I am looking forward to. I have not had a chance to meet many of the employees, and I can’t wait to thank them for their hard work. We will also meet up with our UNOH friends again for the first time this season, which is always a good time. Until next time follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/terrymcmillenfans