INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The 65th edition of the Chevrolet Performance NHRA U.S. Nationals was an event full of promise for Australian Shane Tucker and his Auzmet/StructGlass Chevrolet Camaro Pro Stock team. In 2014 during his rookie campaign Tucker qualified No. 14 at the “Big Go” but was ousted in the first round by Shane Gray. Beginning in 2016 Tucker attempted to compete in the most prestigious drag race in the world only to be denied for three consecutive years. This weekend Tucker with his Nick Ferri Racing engine program, along with tuning expertise from his father Ron Tucker – the business owner who splits time between Dallas, Texas and the land down under — qualified in the No. 15 position.
“We have had our struggles this season for sure,” said Tucker before the race started. “We had to skip the Western Swing but we kept working on getting this Chevrolet Camaro ready for Brainerd and the U.S. Nationals. Two weeks ago we raced for the first time in a long time and saw some decent results. I knew we could come to Indy and you never know what can happen at this race.”
Throughout the three days of qualifying Tucker and his Chevrolet Camaro posted decent runs and were always in the field. There was no doubt that the Australian would be racing on Monday and that fed his confidence as a driver and team owner.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Heading into the biggest drag race in the world, the Chevrolet Performance NHRA U.S. Nationals, Pro Stock racer Shane Tucker and Rob Tucker Racing are continuing to expand their marketing partnerships. The Pro Stock team which is fighting to make the Countdown to the championship will be flying the colors and logo of Houston, Texas based ELFS Freight this weekend along with season-long primary sponsors Auzmet/StructGlass.
“This is a great business to business relationship for Auzmet Architectural and ELFS Freight,” said Shane Tucker. “We are shipping materials for our projects across the country and around the world. We have been talking about putting something together for the race team and starting at the U.S. Nationals seemed like the perfect scenario.”
ELFS Freight’s worldwide headquarters is adjacent to Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport which includes over 60,000 square feet of warehouse space and a 3.5 acre lay down yard, is set up for warehousing and distribution. ELFS Freight focuses on ensuring their clients achieve their transportation and warehousing logistic goals whether the shipment is going across town or across the globe. ELFS is also HazMat Certified for warehousing and distribution, employing an onsite Certified Hazardous Materials Specialist.
DALLAS, TX – The season has not gone as planned for Shane Tucker, driver of the Auzmet/StructGlass Chevrolet Camaro. A new engine program brought along some growing pains, which the team worked through at the beginning of the season. As they were about to make a move up the Mello Yello Pro Stock point standings Tucker was forced to put his focus on his primary business during the Western Swing. All the struggles and setbacks have only emboldened the young Australian to double down on his determination to make a mark at the biggest race of the season, the NHRA U.S. Nationals this weekend at Lucas Oil Raceway Park.
“We had high hopes at the beginning of the season but things change,” said Tucker. “I have to thank my dad Rob for really busting his ass to get this Camaro race-ready every event. Nick Ferri has been amazing to work with and my crew guys have always be awesome. This is a tough business and you have to be fully committed. I am giving it my all and I am excited about Indy this weekend.”
DALLAS, TX – After a three race hiatus NHRA Pro Stock racer Shane Tucker is ready to get back on track this weekend at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. The young Australian businessman who operates Auzmet Architectural from Dallas, Texas, is bringing a new corporate partner with his Chevrolet Camaro Pro Stock to the famed race track just south of the Canadian border. Joining Auzmet and StructGlass on Tucker’s 200 mph Camaro will be NCMachine.com, a Winnipeg Manitoba based full service machine shop.
“We know that a sizeable group of the fans attending the Lucas Oil Nationals will be from Canada and we saw this as an opportunity to get our name out there,” said Dan Roche, owner and founder of NC Machine and Tool Company. “We have a personal relationship with Shane’s team and we know he is a great competitor. After meeting Shane at the Gatornationals we knew we needed to put something together for the Brainerd NHRA national event.”
DALLAS – Pro Stock driver Shane Tucker will not be competing during the historic three race western swing due to business commitments with this Dallas-based company, Auzmet Architectural. It was a tough decision for the young racer who was chasing a spot in the NHRA Countdown and his dream of an NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock world championship behind the wheel of his Auzmet Architectural/StructGlass Chevrolet Camaro.
“From the very beginning my first priorities have been my business and my family,” said Tucker. “Success in both allowed me to go racing, but sometimes you have to make some tough decisions. This by far was one of the toughest and easiest decisions I have had to make. Auzmet Architectural in Dallas needs my attention over the next 30 days we have some exciting developments on the business side that will make us a stronger race team.”
Since the Gatornationals in March, Tucker and his Auzmet Camaro have qualified at every NHRA national event where Pro Stock was contested. The 33-year-old has committed to making a serious run at qualifying for the NHRA Countdown in arguably the most competitive class on the NHRA tour. Working with his father Rob and engine builder Nick Ferri, Tucker is investing both time and money in making his Chevrolet Camaro a competitive entry every race.
NORWALK, OH – At the end of a busy race weekend Australian Shane Tucker and his Auzmet/StructGlass Chevrolet Camaro team looked at the last three days of the 13th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals and saw steady improvement. They did not race their way to the winner’s circle but when they stacked up their first round run against the rest of the field they know they can compete in upcoming events.
“We were racing with a brand new to us, Chevrolet Camaro this weekend,” said Tucker. “We got the car from Drew Skillman but we put our motor under the hood and there was a considerable weight difference. Our motor is heavier and we had to work all weekend to deal with the weigh transfer. That one element is so important on these race cars. We did have a good handle on it by this morning.”
In the first round racing Deric Kramer, the No. 1 qualifier, Tucker and his team posted their best run of the weekend. As Tucker raced down the right lane he was hoping to reel in Kramer but he ran out of race track. His final elapsed time was 6.634 seconds at 209.03 mph which, had he posted that time during the final qualifying session would have slotted him a couple of positions up the ladder.
NORWALK, OH – After four rounds of qualifying at the 13th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Shane Tucker and his Auzmet/StructGlass Chevrolet Camaro qualified No. 16 in a very quick field of competitors. Tucker’s best time of 6.841 seconds at 201.70 mph was well off his previous national event efforts but was enough to keep his 2019 qualifying streak alive. He will race Deric Kramer, the most recent winner in the Pro Stock class, in the first round. This will be the first race against Kramer.
“We will have a tough opponent to start race day for sure,” said Tucker. “We are breaking in a new race car this weekend and have been battling a few issues. We will be ready for Deric and are going to give him a solid run.”
In his first pass on Saturday Tucker’s Camaro experienced a starting line issue that drove him into extreme tire shake. In his final qualifying run he was quick off the line but just past the half-track mark Tucker could not shift into high gear. The Gatornationals quarterfinalist coasted across the finish line and into race day as the No. 16 qualifier.