Mar 18, 2009
Author: Bobby Martin
We have new photos from the NHRA Division 3 Awards Banquet, and an update on
Parkertech's plans for the 2009 racing season.
Frank and Dan Parker's Parkertech Dodge Funny Car is ready to race. Frank
and Dan with the whole crew, Mike Meeks, Larry Radke, Kevin Wilhelms, and
Kyle Pelfrey, along with Rachel Parker, Tom Cunningham, Tom McVey, Charlie
Henry and all our family and friends have been working hard over the winter.
The entire team is back! In fact, they not only have maintained the car,
but have updated and upgraded it. Our goals are to defend our Division 3
Championship, repeat our Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals
championship, and try to add a couple more titles to the list this year.
Frank and Dan did lots of work on the fuel system and supercharger to tweak
an already stout tune-up. Frank is confident that after a couple runs to
make final adjustments, their Charger should really boogie. I've learned to
put a lot of stock in Frank's predictions. He gives me tons of confidence
because, as we've seen, he gets the results. There may be some other
changes to the engine combination as well. Frank talked about many
different things, and at this point I'm not sure which ones he used. He had
some ideas about how to get the car through the first part of the run
quicker and more consistently. We'll see what's in it when we get out
there. He may make even more changes before then. The body was treated to
some TLC including new paint. Again, lots of possibilities were discussed,
but the car will be white again to start the year. That is, unless we land
a sponsor who wants to change the color. The "plain white wrapper" is an
invitation to savvy marketing partners to come on in, the racing's fine!
We're very excited about taking the momentum the team created in 2008 and
moving forward to the next level. Lane Automotive is back, along with VP
Racing Fuels and Permatex. Longtime Parkertech supporters like Mancini
Racing are with us too. Parkertech Racing Services and Bobby Martin Racing
both established a tradition of long-standing business partnerships due to
their personal involvement. You could say, it's not just business, it's
personal. Now, as a powerful unit, we believe our new alliance offers many
competitive advantages for sponsors. The Parkers' years of experience and
solid track record are rare and valuable assets. I bring a unique
combination of communication and business skills to the mix, particularly in
the area of education. The synergy between the Parker and Martin teams, and
the cohesive unit that it created, resulted in solid performance on the
track in a very short time. We have also led the way in off-track
activities that bring added value to marketing programs.
Another area of discussion is when the 2009 Parkertech Charger will hit the
track. Once again, business and racing strategies are both factors. Right
now, I would say that the latest we'd hit the track is the Division 3 opener
at Indy. Thanks for visiting, and come on back for updates.