John Hall to honor B.R.A.K.E.S. teen defensive driving program during 2023
NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle racer John Hall will donate signage of his Suzuki Pro Stock motorcycle to Doug Herbert’s national pro-active teen defensive driving program B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe) for the 2023 racing season.
With the schedule set to begin next weekend with the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Hall — competing with the White Alligator Racing team — will run with B.R.A.K.E.S. logos adorning his bike, racing suit, and helmet. The decision, Hall says, aligns with his deep passion for the lifesaving program established by Herbert, a multitime Top Fuel champion.
“As parents, my wife Ivette and I have seen first-hand how B.R.A.K.E.S. training made an immediate and longstanding impact on our two teens when they participated several years ago,” Hall explains. “Given how much B.R.A.K.E.S. has done to make U.S. roadways safer, it’s my honor to represent Doug and his organization during this year’s NHRA Pro Stock season.”
Hall also acknowledged the influence of motorcycle drag racing legend and team owner Terry Vance, a longtime passionate B.R.A.K.E.S. supporter. “Terry has inspired all of us to do what we can to spread the word about Doug’s program and the impact it is having,” Hall said. “It’s so important for those of us in the drag racing world to use our platforms to tell Doug’s story and bring attention to the critical importance of defensive driving skills.”
A 2011 graduate of the Frank Hawley & George Bryce Drag Racing program, Hall begins the 2023 season with an impressive résumé of on-track success. Most notably, Hall achieved a place in drag racing history in 2013 when he won the prestigious NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. Later in 2013, Hall followed up with a second career NHRA win in Epping.
“John and Ivette have championed our program within the NHRA community and well beyond,” Herbert said. “We couldn’t be more appreciative of this decision to support our program during 2023 NHRA Pro Stock competition.”
B.R.A.K.E.S. was founded in 2008 by Herbert following the tragic car crash deaths of his two sons, Jon and James. Herbert has since turned that tragedy into a lifesaving mission that has trained more than 110,000 teens and their parents to date, saving countless lives and making U.S. roadways safer.
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