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PARKERTECH RACING ANNOUNCES A NEW DIRECTION FOR 2010
Milford, Michigan: Driver Bobby Martin called Frank and Dan Parker "One of the most powerful tuning duos in the sport." Team Patriarch Dan Parker said, "We're tickled to death with Bobby's performance." This isn't exactly a war of words. It's about the potent combination of Parkertech Racing and Bobby Martin that produced a U.S. Nationals win, a Division 3 Championship with the Spitzer Cup as a bonus, a top ten national finish, and a Division 3 Pro/Sportsman Driver of the Year award, all in just two seasons. ParkerTech and Martin will go in separate directions in 2010.
Team owner Frank Parker says it's strictly a business decision. "We know that in better economic times our track record would translate into sponsorship support. But we just couldn't generate the kind of funding we needed this year to run this operation at a championship level." Parker continued, "By no means are we just wishing Bobby Martin the best of luck We plan to stay in touch and even help him with his own car, if that's the direction in which he goes." "Frank and Dan are the best," Martin said. We were more than partners; we're friends - like family, really. It's going to be an exciting year for all of us."
Martin's immediate future is not certain. Sponsorship is pending, and he will continue to work with the education industry, making appearances as well as seeking other driving opportunities. One thing for sure, though, is that he will make his first foray into doorslammer racing at the helm of Spike Sterling's "Rush" blown alcohol '33 Willys. The colorful proprietor of Sterling's Auto Body in Steubenville, Ohio, now owns the first door car from the shop of renowned chassis builder Mike Spitzer.
"A mutual friend in the sport introduced Brent Henry to us," said Parker. "We talked, and Brent seemed like the right guy for the job." Brent will drive the ParkerTech/Lane Automotive Charger at five NHRA national events and five Divisional events, starting at Gainesville.
ParkerTech Racing's long-standing relationship with Lane Automotive will continue in 2010. Other returning sponsors are All-Star Performance, Clevite Engine Bearings, Mopar, Aeroquip Hoses, Red Line Oil, NGK Spark Plugs, Total Flow Heads, Mr. Gasket and Mancini Racing.