ParkerTech Racing Services and Bobby Martin Are Going to the Races
Apr 21, 2009
Author: Charlie Henry
A repeat of their successful 2008 season is at the top of their agenda
Milford, Michigan - Frank Parker, Dan Parker and Bobby Martin have wrapped up preparations for their first race of the 2009 season. By Friday, April 24, they will be qualifying for the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis.
Needless to say, Frank Parker is excited about the new season. "We've been working on the car all winter," he said. "There were a couple of days we were snowed in. It was really nice to be stuck in the shop all day, with nowhere to go - even if I could have gotten out of the driveway. Times like that are great for going through the engine in detail."
Frank's father Dan, who wisely lives in Arizona to avoid winter, conferred with Frank on the phone and flew in, occasionally, to help with the car. The elder Parker looks at such trips as therapy. "I love getting the car ready for a new season. I've raced for so long I can't imagine not doing it. Of course, part of the fun is visiting the grand kids and seeing their interest in the car."
And the driver? Bobby Martin is shaking off the winter doldrums, too. He's being keeping his reaction times sharp by practicing with his portable tree. Not a bad activity in front of the fireplace. "Frank keeps me up to date on the car and season plans," said Martin. "He and Dan are really good at coming up with the right tune-up for each track. Judging by the way we performed last year, 2009 should have a few more Wallys waiting for us." Like any racer, Martin has a routine to prepare himself. But, if you ask him, he will probably deny he's sleeping in his driving suit.
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