Recently, Frank Hawley, founder and instructor of Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School, was invited to speak to a group of NASA employees of the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
The offer to conduct a lecture was extended to Hawley after Chip Kroll, a NASA engineer, attended a Super Class at Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School’s Gainesville, Fla., location in June.
In his free time, Kroll races the Friday Night Street program at Houston Raceway Park in Texas, and he attended Frank Hawley’s class while working to acquire his NHRA license. After the lecture, he decided the topic may be appropriate for colleagues at work and approached management about how to invite Hawley to talk to them.
Once the offer was extended to Hawley, he graciously accepted and plans were made for his trip to Texas.
On Dec. 10, Hawley spoke to a room of approximately 90 attendees, made up mostly from the Avionics Systems Division.
“To me, there are numerous similarities to the extremely fast decisions that need to be made by folks who hold highly technical positions and those of drag racers,” Hawley said. “Many of the same things I teach to my students during a Super Class were conveyed during my lecture for the NASA employees, with maybe a little more emphasis on items that would apply to the general population. Everyone deals with stress in their lives. Some, of course, have a lot more than others. If you work in an environment where you may be challenged with making critical decisions, it can help to have a better understanding of your own human performance capabilities and develop methods with which you can train yourself to handle these situations more efficiently.”
The trip was not Hawley’s first time visiting a NASA facility, but it was his first time being invited for a speaking engagement.
“I am a huge fan of the space program and the folks who make it happen. I have photos of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo rockets in my office,” said Hawley. “On a clear day in Florida, you can see the shuttle launch from the track in Gainesville. We have even stopped classes for a few minutes to watch it. The chance to spend time with these folks at this facility was a great experience.”
“I thoroughly enjoyed my entire visit to Johnson Space Center,” he added. “During my time there, I was pleased to be able to share with them the things I’ve learned throughout my career. It was a very enlightening experience for me, and I sincerely look forward to any opportunities to return in the future.”
Kansas City (Dec. 15, 2009) – If you think the months of December and January are for taking time off and vacation, think again. The new owners of the Super Chevy Show series couldn’t be busier. One of the top priorities is arranging a feature category for each of the 10 national events featured on the 30th anniversary season in 2010.
While each of the 10 national events will have some consistency in the type and caliber of entertainment on and off the race track and car show stage, there will be room for local interpretation on what the feature category will be at each venue. The owners of each Super Chevy Show series event has the ability to provide one major feature category – a task they are taking seriously. Each track wants to give fans and participants something exciting, especially in the 30th anniversary of the Super Chevy Show series.
Bill Bader, owner of Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio and host of the June 12-13 event, has already booked the nostalgic Fuel-Altered race cars to feature his Super Chevy Show.
“We are going to have the period-correct, short-wheel base cars from the 1960s that fans love,” Bader said. “They run on nearly 100 percent nitro methane and they are ill-handling cars that travel at speeds topping 230 mph. They are really neat old cars and they need a home because they don’t appear in any other sanctioning body or series.
“We are going to have the Pure Heaven car, the Rat Trap and other fan-favorites and hopefully we can build a future with them in the Super Chevy Show series because they are great nitro-burning cars that add an exciting element to the racing portion of the weekend.”
Firebird International Raceway will feature Nostalgic Funny Cars when the Super Chevy Show rolls into Phoenix for the season finale event, Oct. 23-24. Firebird’s Charlie Allen said he wants to have this particular nitro-burning race car during the weekend to give fans a taste of speed and history.
“Every track owner is excited about finding their unique feature to the Super Chevy Show series,” Allen said. “We are going to have the nostalgic Funny Cars because the nitro coupes run in the five-second range, they burn nitro and they represent a great era of racing.
“These Funny Cars are unique and appeal to all kinds of race fans and car enthusiasts. The Super Chevy Show is going to be quite an event for us in 2010.”
Racers, car show participants, fans, vendors and sponsors can call 800-692-6230 for more information on the Super Chevy Show series or go online at www.superchevyshow.com for details on 2010′s 30th anniversary season.
Ticket Renewals for the 25th Anniversary O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals held at the Texas Motorplex September 23-26, 2010 are in the mail and heading to your house. 2010 saw no ticket price increases so you will be able to get the same great seats in 2010 for the same great price that you paid in 2009. We are also introducing a new payment plan option to help in 2010, more details will be on your Ticket Renewal invoice.
Super Chevy Show Series Announces Car Show and Feature Category Information for 30th Anniversary Season
KANSAS CITY (Dec. 8, 2009) – The Super Chevy Show series announced bracket and car show class information along with early information about the new Shoebox Shootout class on its redesigned Web site today.
The ownership group wants to give fans and participants as much specific information as possible about the car show and bracket series. SCSW, Inc., purchased the Super Chevy Show series in November. The ownership group is a mix of race track owners, promoters and racing experts who want the 30th anniversary season in 2010 to be its best year yet.
Summit Motorsports Park’s Bill Bader said one of the ways to make the 2010 season shine is to bring a good, old, American classic back to the track – the 1957 Chevy. The Shoebox Shootout will feature a racing category for 1960 and older Chevy models at each of the national Super Chevy Show events. The rules and car specifics will be announced in January, but Bader wants people to pull their heavy metal out of the garage now and start preparing for the 16-car showdown at each track.
“The Shoebox Shootout is still in its infancy phase and we’re working on the rules and structure but it will certainly be a race category for 1960 and older vehicles,” Bader said. “We want those really fast, big, heavy ’55 Chevys, ’57 Chevys and bubbletops back out at the track. They have a tremendous amount of mainstream appeal and when you see a ’57 Chevy blasting down the track at a high rate of speed, you won’t be able to help but watch. It’s going to be very entertaining.”
Bader said the series wanted to give a home to a stylish and quick vehicle that seems to have lost its place in racing over the years. All of the vehicles will be body-correct and look just the way they did when they rolled off the original assembly line.
The Shoebox Shootout will have qualifying and then move to a dial-in format for the single-elimination bracket of 16 to get down to the winner. Bader hopes the series will move to a heads-up format in the future when the fields are ready.
“A lot of these cars have been parked over the years because racers couldn’t compete with other makes and models,” Bader said. “These cars are in garages and barns and it’s time they start inspiring ‘wows’ at the race track again. It will take a couple of years for this class to mature but we know this is going to be a tremendous class for racers and fans alike. This is going to be a completely unique feature of the Super Chevy Show.”
The car show also will have some changes in 2010. Virginia Motorsports Park’s Bryan Pierce is on the Car Show Committee and said the goal is to listen to what car show participants have to say about the series and incorporate the high-priority changes as early as next season.
“I’ve been talking with car show participants from around the country and they all said the top priority needs to be better and more detailed descriptions of the car show classes,” Pierce said. “The car show is a gathering for car enthusiasts from around the country to come together and it’s an important element of the series. We want to make it easy for people to go online and see where their car will fit in the car show. We’re working on ways to make it more fun and relaxing to come out with your car and be part of the experience.”
Pierce said the committee is feverishly working on what he considers the most important element of the car show – prestige.
“The Super Chevy Show has a tremendous history and we want to respect the history and bring back the prestige of winning a trophy at the event,” Pierce said. “We want a high-quality car show so that if you win a trophy, you are honored by the award.”
Racers, car show participants, fans, vendors, and sponsors alike can call 1-800-692-6230 to receive further information on the Super Chevy Show series.
At the Racer Appreciation Awards Banquet it was announced that a Drivers Committee is being established in 2010. The Committee will consist of racers, nominated by the racers to represent their class throughout the 2010 season. The Committee will meet periodically, usually away from the track, and will be asked to provide feedback on the bracket program throughout the 2010 season. We need your help in nominating a driver from your class. Please email AshleyK@texasmotorplex.com with your nomination. The 2010 Driver Committee will be announced in January. We appreciate your input.