ParkerTech Racing Services
NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car
For Immediate Release:
March 31, 2005
Milford, Michigan – ParkerTech Racing Services made a dramatic appearance at the recent 36th Annual Mac Tools NHRA Gatornationals, in Gainesville, Florida. For their 2005 NHRA season opener, Frank Parker, team owner, and his crew rolled out an un-announced brand new Dodge Stratus Top Alcohol Funny Car – under the banner of VIPsports, their new sponsor.
Parker explained the low keyed debut: “Our team has always performed well on a very limited budget. VIPsports recognized that and believed we could do even better with proper support. With little time to prepare for our first race together, we agreed it would be better to forego the promotions and concentrate on the car.” And that concentration paid off.
The moment it came off the trailer, the VIPsports Dodge Stratus Top Alcohol Funny Car began promoting itself. With a Dodge Stratus top fuel body, and McKinney alcohol chassis built specifically for the body, it is the first such purpose-built car in TAFC. That feature, and the swoopy VIPsports paint scheme, quickly made the car a favorite of fans and the talk of the pits.
With no track time on the new car, the team was disappointed at losing one qualifying session to rain. On the very first pass, the car got loose and driver Danny Townsend had to shut off early. The second pass was better, but a plug wire failure limited the team to a 5.796, at 248.13 mph, and the tenth qualifying spot. Townsend commented that, “Two poor runs usually bother me, but not this time, not with all the pent-up performance I could feel in the car.”
When the first elimination round went green, Townsend left Mick Snyder behind, with a .068 reaction time. But Snyder had a little more low-end grunt and countered Townsend’s advantage. Townsend found his grunt on the fast end of the track and almost put Snyder away. The VIPsports Dodge Stratus missed a second round appearance by .009 of a second, with a run of 254.23 mph and a 5.750 e.t.
Parker, with a twinge of disappointment in his voice, said, “This ‘out-of-the-box’ performance was good, but it could have been so much better with all three qualifying sessions. The extra pass would have revealed the gearing and clutch issues that put us out. Even with just three runs, this car is so good we’re already several rungs up the learning ladder from where we would have been without VIPsports.” Fredrik Wadstein, of VIPsports, could hardly stand still, “This was my first drag race and I am just ecstatic. The response of fans to our sponsorship, the vitality of the event, the excitement, the sounds – all were greater than I had imagined possible! Frank and his crew have confirmed that they were our best bet for a successful NHRA sponsorship.”
VIPsports provides sports enthusiasts, around the globe, up-to-the-minute sports news, statistical information and a safe, reliable, sports wagering forum, all from the convenience of their pc. Learn more about VIPsports, “Where the World Wagers™,” at www.VIPsports.com. Click on the image of the VIPsports Dodge Stratus for Gainesville race action shots, crew photos, pit activities and more.
ParkerTech Racing Services thanks the companies contributing to this landmark season: VIPsports, Allstar Performance, Auto Meter, Mr. Moly, Gates Belts, Weld Racing Wheels, Mr. Gasket, Trick Titanium, Mopar Parts, Total Flow Products, Ringers Gloves, Mancini Racing, NGK Spark Plugs, Hoosier Tires, Valco Cincinnati, Aeroquip Hoses, Crane Cams and the Valvoline Oil Company.
Frank Parker also acknowledges his crew for their support: his father – Dan Parker, Rob & Tom Cunningham, John Oen, Barry Pilatowski, Tom Krebaum, Tom McVey and driver Danny Townsend.
Please visit www.parkertechracing.com for information on race dates and the team. For past ParkerTech releases, please go to www.challengerconsultingllc.com and click on “What’s New?”
The VIPsports Dodge Stratus Top Alcohol Funny Car will race next in the April 15-17 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Indianapolis Raceway Park, near Indianapolis, Indiana. The team then takes the car to their next National event, May 12-15, the 25th Annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, in Atlanta, Georgia.
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