Mc Millen's Amalie Oil InstiGator Teams Up With NAPA At The "Rock"

Rockingham, NC - Terry Mc Millen and the Amalie Oil InstiGator Funny Car will team up with area Carolina NAPA dealers at IHRAs 35th Annual Spring Nationals contested April 22-24 at the Rockingham Dragway. Currently second in the IHRA Hooters Racing Series points race, Mc Millen, an IHRA fan favorite will be available to meet fans and sign autographs while the InstiGator funny car is on display from 10:00AM - 5:00PM this Thursday (April 21) at Barnes Motor & Parts Company in Rockingham. Barnes Motor & Parts Company is located at 728 East Broad Avenue.

"We had a lot of fun and success with this program in San Antonio," stated Mc Millen. "NAPA is quality parts and service and Amalie is 'better than it has to be'. I know I can find Amalie Oil for my car at area Carolina NAPA Auto Car Centers in Charlotte and High Point North Carolina and Columbia South Carolina." The InstiGator team is expecting over 300 NAPA associates at the Rockingham Dragway.

Last year, Mc Millen qualified sixth at "The ROCK" and raced to a semi final appearance at an event that saw three world records reset. "This may be the fastest racing surface we'll see all year," explained Mc Millen. "We're certainly excited about all of the NAPA folks that will be present to see this great race."

Mc Millen added, "Our success can be contributed to the outstanding help from companies like Amalie Oil, Torco Race Fuels, Flatout Gaskets, NGK Spark Plugs, MSD, Vintage Trailers, Performance Graphics, Powershield Coatings and Crane Cams, we couldn't do this without them."

Terry Mc Millen is a veteran IHRA driver. He and his wife Rhonda are team owners of Hoosier Thunder Motorsports, a multi-car drag racing team based in Elkhart, IN. Mc Millen, a fan favorite in the Hooters IHRA Drag Racing series, competes in the 12 IHRA events contested in the US and Canada. Terry and the InstiGator Funny Car are featured in...
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Atchison and JET Equipment and Tools announce Partnership

London, Ontario “Back to Back” IHRA Funny Car World Champion Rob Atchison is pleased to announce the addition of JET Equipment & Tools Ltd., as official tool supplier to Atchison Racing. “JET Equipment and Tools have a 48 year history of providing Canadians with quality tools and equipment,” stated Rob Atchison. We join an established racing program that currently has IHRA Pro Mod racer Rick DiStefano and West Coast Pro Mod and former IHRA Pro Mod racer Glen May along with many other prominent teams.

“We are extremely happy and proud to be a part of Atchison Racing,” stated JET Equipment and Tools marketing director Bill Jeffery. We have been impressed with the Atchison Racing operation and their winning record for some time. Rob Atchison and the Atchison Racing Team are not only one of Canada’s most successful racing teams but great ambassadors for IHRA Drag Racing, Canada and now JET Equipment and Tools”.

. “Last year we qualified # 1 at the Spring Nationals on Friday and then I became extremely ill on Saturday with food poisoning” stated Rob Atchison. I was so sick the IHRA Medical Team had to give me IV’s to hydrate me. I never got another lap in the car to gain any data until Sunday when I was a little better but I lost in the first round to Chris Sipple after the car went into violent tire shake on launch. Mark Thomas won the race he widened his points lead to the point where we had to play “catch up” all year. I expect there to again be a huge car count in all classes at “The Rock” because Rockingham is a great facility. With the new track surface they have I can see Funny Car qualifying extremely tight for the new eight car field format. We had a lot of help from a lot of Funny Car teams including runner-up Terry McMillen and his crew at Texas just so we could make the final. In the heat of the moment I might not been able to individually to thank them all but they all...
Scelzi Doubles Pp in Vegas
Courtesy of Judy Stropus

LAS VEGAS -- Gary Scelzi will double up this weekend at the NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, driving his usual mount, the Mopar/Oakley Dodge Stratus R/T Funny Car, in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, as well as an Alcohol Funny Car in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.

"I'll be doing double duty and that's going to be exciting," said the three-time Top Fuel champion who is seeking his first Fuel Funny Car crown. "I haven't driven an Alcohol Funny Car in nine years, but the priority is the Mopar/Oakley Dodge. That's the car we need to win in and the other one is just fun. And it's only a one-race deal.

"I'm looking forward to this weekend. A lot of people from my hometown of Fresno will be here and it would be nice to make a move in the points," said Scelzi, who is 10th in the NHRA POWERade Funny Car point rankings after four races.

Scelzi is the only driver to have won in all four of NHRA's top classes - Top Fuel Dragster, Top Fuel Funny Car, Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car - and was in a battle for the Top Fuel Funny Car championship at the end of 2004. He admits he's having a slow start this season, having won only three rounds so far, after establishing his career-best speed and ET at the opening race, of 4.717 at 331.53 mph.

"Our Mopar/Oakley Dodge has been good all year," he said. "We've just had no racing luck. I'm not making any excuses. It'll change. I've seen these movies before."

Scelzi is the defending Funny Car champion of last season's second race at The Strip in October, where he beat John Force, against whom he still holds the lead in round wins, 9-7. Spring conditions this weekend just may match those of last fall.

"I'm assuming it's going to be pretty cool. Normally, it's still fairly cool in Vegas this time of year, even with the sun out. And we know we can run as hard as anybody," he said.

"Vegas is a great race track. We really...
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Points Leader Following a Force-ful Path

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – It took Ashley Force half a season to get really
comfortable in the cockpit of the 275 mile-an-hour Castrol/Hot Wheels dragster she
began driving last season for Jerry Darien and Ken Meadows, the driver development
specialists whose alumni include current NHRA professionals Gary Scelzi, Brandon
Bernstein, Frank Pedregon and Morgan Lucas.

Once she achieved a comfort level, however, the 22-year-old daughter of drag racing legend John Force began winning with her father's documented precision.

The upshot is that the former high school cheerleader no longer can sign her autograph cards, "Ashley Force, zero wins," a takeoff on her dad's habit of
personalizing his own cards with the number of current victories in his record-breaking resume.

In fact, at her present pace, she might one day eclipse the elder Force's imposing records for tour victories (115) and series championships (13 and counting).

After all, Force didn't win his first race until he was 37. His daughter rolls into The
Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for this week's sixth annual
Nationals having already won three NHRA national events, albeit it in the Top Alcohol
Dragster division, the drag racing equivalent of NASCAR's Busch Series.

Like her father, she comes into the race as the national points leader in her class.
Nevertheless, despite her expanding performance portfolio (she has gone to the finals in five of the last eight POWERade tour events she has run), the future Force is in no hurry to move up in classification; nor is her dad anxious for her to do so.

"She still needs seat time," Force said. "Anybody can drive a car from A to B

"ROCK" Solid Determination For Mc Millen

Terry Mc Millen and the Amalie Oil InstiGator Funny Car, powered
by Torco Race Fuels, race into Rockingham North Carolina for the 35th
Annual IHRA Spring Nationals (April 22-24) with "rock" solid
determination for a win. Mc Millen brings the momentum of a final round
appearance at the Amaile Oil Texas Nationals contested earlier this
month in San Antonio.

The Rockingham Dragway ("The ROCK") is the second stop on the 12
race Hooters Racing Series and one of IHRAs fastest tracks. Last year's
race saw three world records reset during the event. "There's no doubt
that we'll see some great times and speeds at "The ROCK" again this
year," stated Mc Millen. "We're producing more horsepower than we ever
have with these Crane Cams, I expect we'll have some fast passes."

Just seven points out of first place, Mc Millen hopes to improve
on the best start of his Funny Car career. Last year, Mc Millen
qualified sixth at "The ROCK" and raced to a semi final appearance
before bowing out to event winner and 5-time IHRA Champion Mark Thomas.
Co-Crew Chief Tad "TV TAD" Heflick thinks his team is ready. "We're
working as hard as anyone right now." Fellow tuner, Co-Crew Chief Brent
"Skinny" Lidgard agrees, "We stayed in Texas an extra day just to test.
We've improved our 60ft times and that will pay dividends in

"The incremental improvements that we are seeing is very
encouraging and exciting," exclaimed team co-owner Rhonda Mc Millen.
"I'm not a fortune teller, but I see 'iron' in our future, " she said
(referring to the IHRA Iron Man trophy). "He can't elude us much

Terry Mc Millen added, "Our success can be contributed to the
outstanding help from companies like Amalie Oil, Torco Race Fuels,
Flatout Gaskets, NGK Spark Plugs, MSD, Vintage Trailers, Performance
Graphics, Powershield Coatings and Crane Cams, we couldn't do this
without them."

Plumbing Concepts Racing
Accelerated Motorsports
Media Relations

For Immediate Release April 13, 2005

Contact: Randy Fish

Taylor Hopes to Roll the Table in Las Vegas

ANAHEIM, CA — The NHRA Nationals will provide the second opportunity of 2005 for Top Alcohol Funny Car racer Dennis Taylor to compete on the national event stage. For some reason, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway hasn’t been particularly kind to the Plumbing Concepts Team in the last few years. Hopefully, that’ll change during the weekend’s racing action.

With the 2005 season in full stride, Dennis is second in the Lucas Oil Series Pacific Division 7 points standings and is currently tied for third in the national rankings. Taylor is coming off a non-racing weekend, though he was at the O’Reilly Spring Nationals in Houston filming technical features that will begin airing during Sunday’s Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series coverage on ESPN2. More segments are scheduled to be taped in Las Vegas, as Dennis enjoys explaining the interesting mechanical aspects of Top Alcohol Dragsters and Funny Cars.

Trackside, the primary cast of challengers has already become crystal clear for the 2005 charge and no less than 26 Top Alcohol Funny Cars are expected to wage war for the 16-car qualified field in Las Vegas. From last year’s “Who’s Who” list, 6 of the Top 10 cars are pre-entered, along with a host of players that are capable of winning on any given day. Forecasts call for sunny skies and light winds with temperatures in the low 80s throughout the entire event.

Though his semi-final finish at the recently completed Lucas Oil Series race in Tucson could still be considered a good outing, Dennis and his team received a great deal of media attention, in the local newspaper and national television. As Taylor prepares for each race, he’s very thankful for having such a loyal group of sponsors...
April 12, 2005

Press Release

Marty Thacker, owner and driver of the Rapid Transit Racing Top Alcohol Dragster, is pleased to announce that Torco Racing Fuels have agreed to be the featured marketing partner at the Indianapolis NHRA event held April 15 – 17, 2005. Torco Racing Fuels, of Decatur, Michigan, is the manufacturer of high performance racing and power products. Torco Racing Fuels is the engine builders & pros choice for extreme power and consistency of our blend stock.
Torco is the official fuel of IHRA Drag Racing as well as playing a very prominent part in NHRA Championship Drag Racing.
Evan Knoll, owner of Torco has really stepped up to support racers the last few years. As his business has grown, so has his generosity with the people of drag racing. Brian Pfifer, General Manager of Torco Racing Fuels, has stepped up in a big way, not only acting as the crew chief on Evan’s Top Fuel team, but also acting as the liason for all the other Torco Racing Fuels teams. “These guys are just a pleasure to work with” Marty commented.

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The Girl Power Racing team, led by driver Hillary Will, is heading to Las Vegas this weekend with their Top Alcohol Dragster, hoping to finish in the winner’s circle at the NHRA Summit Racing Nationals. This race will be the teams’ fifth ever national event start. After Will’s performance in the season opener in Pomona where she qualified number one and made her very first final round appearance, the Girl Power Racing team holds high expectations for this race in Vegas.

The team will have additional support from their honorary crew member for the weekend, racing legend Paula Murphy. Murphy, a former driver and a mentor to Will, has piloted everything from jet dragsters to funny cars, and was named one of the most outstanding female athletes of the century by the Associated Press in 1973, and was inducted into the Don Garlits International Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 1992. “It is an honor to have Paula’s support,” says Will, 25. “I talk to her often because I admire what she has accomplished in racing and I know I can learn a lot from her.”

Will and the Girl Power Racing team will be at the NHRA Summit Racing Nationals in Las Vegas, NV from April 15-17. Their first round of qualifying will be on Friday, April 15, and the first round of eliminations will begin Saturday, April 16. For more information, please visit
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Jay Blake
Follow A Dream, Inc.
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Motorsports Worlds’ Only Team
with Totally Blind Crew Chief Wins NHRA Spring Nationals

“Follow A Dream” Race Team Beats Former World Champ

HOUSTON, TX—The motorsports world’s only totally blind crew chief, Jay Blake, says “victory tastes sweet,” as he celebrates the first place win for his Follow A Dream team, who won at the NHRA O’Reilly Spring Nationals race outside of Houston, TX on Sunday, April. 10th. Blake’s racing team, led by driver Dave Ray of Plaistow, NH, races an alcohol-fueled funny car in the sportsman’s division of NHRA (National Hot Rod Association).

The win was truly a David v. Goliath story, with the team struggling during qualifying rounds, performing well below their March 2005 Gainesville, FL performance. Blake, a professional motivational speaker whose face is synonymous with positive thinking, rallied the team. By Sunday night, they were paired up against former World Champ and multi-national event winner, Bob Newberry. The cars left the starting line with Blake’s driver Ray getting the jump. The Follow a Dream Team recorded a 5.65 second run at 254 mph for their first NHRA National Event win. As the team and many onlookers cheered, Blake leaned down and kissed the starting line. The spectators, who knew Blake’s personal story of tragedy and triumph, went wild cheering for the team and the blind man who had the vision and the perseverance to never give up. Since losing his sight in adulthood, Blake pursued and realized his dream of becoming a crew chief on a professional NHRA racing team. His proven gift for empowered positive thinking has resulted in a secondary career as a professional motivational speaker. Blake still has yet to achieve his goal of becoming the world’s fastest blind man, but the logistics for achieving...
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Wilson Racing
media relations

For Immediate Release March12, 2005
Contact: Mark Rowe / Wilson Racing

Wilson Racing hopes history repeats itself again!

Baytown, TX., This past weekend's NHRA / POWERADE Drag Racing Series event, the O'Reilly Auto Parts Nationals at Houston Motorsports Park, Baytown, Texas was the fourth stop for the TORCO Race Fuels / Wilson Racing Team for 2005.

Wilson Racing Qualified 8th with a 5.47 and remained very consistent all weekend. They defeated the # 1 Qualifier in the 2nd round and then won on a hole-shot with a better starting line reaction time to out run a quicker competitor in the semi-finals by a margin of only .0149 or approximately 5 feet. "We are very excited to have made it to our 2nd final this early in the season and to be 5th in the National Points standings. We know there is still room for improvement and our Team is working together towards our next goal. Now that we are running consistently in the 5.40's, we want to be able to run 5.30's" stated Wilson.

This weekend's NHRA / Lucas Oil Division 3 Drag Racing Series event, at Indianapolis Raceway Park just outside of Indianapolis, April 15th-17th is in the second NHRA Lucas Oil Divisional Event and the first Division 3 event for 2005 for the Torco Race Fuels / Wilson Racing Top Alcohol Dragster Team.

The Torco Race Fuels / Wilson Racing Team is looking to repeat history again this weekend after they made it to the finals for the second time this year at Houston Motorsports Park in Baytown, Texas just outside of Houston. "We were very excited to have been one of only two blown cars to quality this weekend, not to mention we made it to the finals for the second time this year at Baytown." stated Wilson. "We just hope we can repeat history again this weekend and win the Division 3 opener at Indianapolis Raceway Park...