READY TO GOBBLE UP THE GATORS EXPERIENCE
Mar 6, 2008
Author: Bobby Martin
I've never been more psyched about going to a race than I am about this
year's Gatornationals. This is the "East Coast Lid Lifter" on the NHRA
schedule and it's wrought with tradition and history. And now, as the new
driver for Frank and Dan Parker's ParkerTech Racing Charger, I'm looking
forward to hitting the track with a really great program run by true racers
and true professionals. The Parkermobile is an awesome race car. It has
all the best equipment and they work 7 days a week on it. But there's more.
So far, the team chemistry is there too.
Everybody is just plain excited to get out there and see what we can do.
It's so cool that the whole team of Mike, Larry, Kevin, and Kyle are along
for the ride this year. Frank has shown that he's more than the great car
owner and tuner that everyone knows. He's also a great team leader and an
organized manager. One of the main advantages for me in this arrangement is
that I can concentrate on the driving aspect of competing. Before I had so
much to be concerned with that it compromised all of it, whether it was
driving, tuning, inventory management, whatever. The level of competition
in Top Alcohol Funny Car doesn't allow for the one man show anymore. Now
you have tuning specialists, hired drivers, high-powered owners, and big
budgets. The Parkers can compete in this arena, and I'm honored to be their
driver of choice for 2008.
We're going flat out, and will be at plenty of events, although there's
still an opening for a major sponsor. At the Gators, the car will be white
with the logos of all the associate marketing partners we have on board so
far. Another of Frank's abilities is that he can market with the best of
them. We feel we have a strong combination in that department as well. CAP
is still with me after 13 years, and VP Racing Fuels will enjoy their
sophomore season with us. I'm proud to bring Permatex on as a new player at
the party. Permatex has a legendary history in Funny Car racing and, as you
know, I'm into that kind of stuff. They helped to get Whit Bazemore's
career off the ground. Not much of the white will show with signs from Lane
Automotive, All-Star Performance, Red Line Oil, Casebolt Financial,
Aeroquip, Mopar, Hoosier, Sellars, NGK, Trick Titanium, Auto Meter, and
Total Flow on the car.
So who is this team, anyway? When you pick up a CD, it tells you who the
players in the band are. So here's the lineup for our team at the Gators:
Owner and Crew Chief:
Co-owner, Co-Crew Chief:
Synthesizer on "Way Too Hot". just kidding
We only have two out of the "Fab Four" on the crew going with us for
scheduling reasons. But Mike Meeks and Kyle Pelfrey are still first string
players, and you'll be seeing them later on.
Ya know what? There are no test runs. The first time I strap myself into
this beast, we'll be attempting to qualify for the NHRA Gatornationals.
Watch nhra.com and dragracecentral.com for the results starting Friday, March
14. Then check back here to get the inside story. This is the beginning of
a new phase in my career. You can go to CHRYSLERCAP.COM and click on "Bobby Martin" to see a really nice
summation of my career edited and produced by Mike Collins, the National
Manager for Vocational Education at Chrysler. I thank Frank and Dan Parker for the opportunity
and you for your interest. Let's fire 'em up! Thanks for reading.