COLUMBUS, GA – Since early this year, Driven Blind, a 25-minute documentary about Pro Mod driver and chassis builder Dan Parker, who was permanently blinded in a 2012 racing accident, has been making the rounds and winning awards at independent film festivals nationwide. This Sunday (Apr. 15) at 9:30 p.m., the short film will also make its televised debut on the World Channel (WorldChannel.org) digital network.
“The film just talks about the struggles of blindness, about me adapting to being blind, and just how life changes when everything you’re used to changes: your job, your passions, just everything,” the 2005 American Drag Racing League Pro Nitrous world champion explains.
Additional airings of Driven Blind will follow on Monday at 1:30 p.m. and on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. as part of World Channel’s Reel South series, hosted by Grammy-winning recording star Darius Rucker, before entering limited rotation on the PBS broadcasting network.
COLUMBUS, GA – Just as he continues to meet and beat tremendous challenges stemming from a drag racing accident that left him 100-percent blind, Columbus, Georgia’s Dan Parker plans to restore a Hurricane Harvey-damaged Corvette to better-than-new condition—then drive it as a record-setting race car. (facebook.com/DanParkerQuestForTheSalt)
“I found a flood-damaged 2008 C6 Corvette with no motor in Oklahoma City, so me and three buddies went down there late last year to pick it up. Then, when I came back home I accidentally came across another complete, but wrecked, C6 of the same year with the same engine and transmission combination. So a family member bought that car and donated it and we started putting the two of them together to make one good car,” says Parker, who crashed nearly six years ago while testing a 1963 Corvette Pro Mod at a drag strip in Steele, Alabama.
PITTSBORO, NC – The world champions of the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) will begin their title defenses Mar. 19-21, in the season-opening PDRA Texas Nationals at the famed Texas Motorplex in Ennis, just south of Dallas. This will be the first visit to the Lone Star state for the all-eighth-mile series that will hold 10 races this year after expanding from eight events in its inaugural 2014 season.
“To be honest I can’t wait to bring PDRA drag racing to the great fans in Texas because I know they’re going to love what they see,” said PDRA Race Director Bob Harris, who recently was inducted into the North Carolina Drag Racing Hall of Fame. “We had a fantastic first year, but I already know this season is going to be even bigger and better. Kicking it off at such a prestigious track as the Texas Motorplex is perfect, too. It sends a message that professional eighth-mile drag racing deserves to be seen on the sport’s biggest and best stages.”
Written by Ian Tocher
SUWANEE, GA — Veteran Top Sportsman drag racer Ronnie Davis opens an ambitious 2015 schedule this weekend with a trip to Florida’s Orlando Speed World Dragway for the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Division 2 season opener. It’s also the first of at least 23 races the Suwanee, Georgia-based golf cart dealer plans to enter this year as he attempts to become the inaugural NHRA Top Sportsman national champion while also seeking a title with the all-eighth-mile Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA).
The California-based NHRA is the world’s largest motorsports sanctioning body and early this year announced it would offer a national title for the first time to Top Sportsman competitors. It came as particularly good news to Davis, who along with retired Div. 2 director Bill Holt, was instrumental in bringing the world’s quickest and fastest door-car bracket racing class to NHRA 13 years ago.
With the start of the 2015 Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) season less than two months away no one is looking forward to it more than 22-year-old Justin Kirk. The third-generation racer from Lenore, WV, is excited about stepping into Randy Kelley’s supercharged dragster and going after Rookie of the Year honors and maybe even this season’s PDRA Top Dragster championship.
“Last fall we were actually looking for a blower to put on my car, the one we ran at four races in 2013 with the ADRL, so we called Randy up to see if he had one or knew where we could look,” Kirk said. “He said he was cutting back a little this year and suggested maybe I should just drive his car. I wasn’t expecting that, to be honest, but it’s a great car and I couldn’t be happier about the opportunity. It’s like a dream come true for me.”
PETERSBURG, VA – Rising Pro Nitrous star Jason Harris completed an almost perfect campaign Oct. 13, by going to his eighth final round in as many events this year and winning his sixth race to cap off a championship-winning run in the all-eighth-mile Professional Drag Racers Association’s (PDRA’s) inaugural season.
Also scoring pro class victories in the rain-delayed PDRA Championship Finals at Virginia Motorsports Park (VMP), were Brandon Snider in Pro Extreme, Anthony DiSomma in Pro Boost, Richard Penland in Extreme Pro Stock and Eric McKinney in Pro Extreme Motorcycle. Sportsman class winners included John Lassiter in Top Sportsman, Alan O’Brien in Top Dragster, Isaac Evans in Pro Jr. Dragster and Caleb Russell in Top Jr. Dragster.
PITTSBORO, NC – With four races left in its inaugural eight-race season, the all-eighth-mile Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) heads to Virginia Motorsports Park, near Richmond, this weekend (July 24-26), for the NAS Racing PDRA U.S. Drags. With 100 points available for each round win, each event continues to take on significance.
After winning all four previous events this year, though, it probably won’t concern Jason Harris, who has a stranglehold on the Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous lead. At 2,211 points, the Pittsboro, NC-based racer has nearly double the points of his closest rival, Tommy Franklin (1,150), who is closely followed by Pat Stoken, class rookie Lizzy Musi and Tim Savell.