Linda McCulloch, wife of legendary Funny Car racer Ed “the Ace” McCulloch and mother of Al-Anabi Top Fuel crew chief Jason McCulloch, died Sept. 17 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was 72.
Ed McCulloch posted this message on Facebook in tribute to his wife of 48 years: “She stood by me through all the good times and the bad times. I will miss her and love her forever! Thank you everyone for all your thoughts and prayers; it's touched my heart and is much appreciated!”
Via email, Jason added, "We've gotten lots of calls and texts from many people in the racing community, and my dad and I really appreciate every one of them. My mom was a supporter of a family that loved NHRA Drag Racing; the condolences we've gotten from so many people around our sport mean a great deal to my family and me. We have a chance to win two races this weekend, so I am going to be in Dallas working with the our race team — my mom would completely understand. I'll travel home to California to be with my family on Monday."
Linda McCulloch was one of the 10 founding members of the Drag Racing Association of Women (DRAW), which was created in 1985 to provide financial and emotional support to qualified individuals involved in drag racing accidents at a track.
The McCullochs are pictured here in the Funny Car winner’s circle at the 1988 U.S. Nationals, where Jason was on the crew of the Larry Minor Racing Miller Oldsmobile driven to victory by his father, who won the U.S. Nationals six times (1971, '72, '80, '88, and '90 in Funny Car and '92 in Top Fuel.)
Racers, sponsors and fans are all welcome to be a part of the Team RFC Auction on Friday night Nov. 14, during the NHRA Automobile Club of Southern California Finals. The auction begins at 6 p.m. The live auction will be held in the Don Schumacher Racing Army/NAPA Hospitality Tent in the professional pits.
This auction is an extension of the 6th Annual Racers For Christ Golf Tournament held at Mountain Meadows Golf Course on Wednesday Nov. 12. Golfers and sponsors are welcome to sign up and participate in the golf tournament the day before the NHRA Finals begin.
Team RFC has been conducting chapel services along with spiritual support to participants, sponsors, and spectators at all NHRA National Events for more than thirty years since the NHRA World Finals at OCIR in 1982.
RFC is expecting professional drivers, crew chiefs, and team members, along with many sportsman racers to attend and bid for donated auction items.
A partial list of auction items include: signed and framed Eddie Hill lifetime poster; signed and framed “Big Daddy” Don Garlits lithograph; signed and framed John Force lithograph; John Force replica helmet signed by all JFR drivers; signed and framed Shirley Muldowney lithograph; signed and framed Jeg Coughlin 2013 World Champion team shirt; three leather Jeg Coughlin jackets: Holley 6 Second Club, 4-Time World Champion, and 2000 Winston World Champion; framed RFC “Light Em Up” poster signed by 46 NHRA professional drivers along with photos of the drivers signing the poster; signed and framed Chip Foose photo; baseball autographed by Joe DiMaggio; football autographed by Joe Namath; signed Sandy Koufax lithograph; 2005 Masters pin flag and card autographed by Jack Nicklaus; Team RFC “neon” light, signed collectibles; plus many other items.
Each person attending will be given a free RFC gift.
For more information or to donate an item, contact Jim Jack, firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-524-4691
With the NHRA Countdown on the horizon John Force Racing is ready to get the Charlotte area NHRA fans fired up for the kick-off to the playoffs. On Thursday, September 11 from 6-7:30 p.m. all four JFR drivers will be at Town and Country Ford signing autographs and posing for photos with fans. It will be a great opportunity for fans to meet all four Countdown qualified drivers including the No. 1 and No. 2 Mello Yello Funny Car drivers John Force and Robert Hight as well as No. 6 Courtney Force and in Top Fuel No. 9 Brittany Force.
“Getting a chance to talk with fans and Ford customers is really a great way to start race weekend. We love getting the race weekend started by meeting the fans at Town and Country Ford. We have signed at this dealership before and the crowds are always really fun. It will be a cool chance to meet all four of the JFR Funny Car drivers away from the track,” said Hight.
Town and Country Ford is located at 5401 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte, North Carolina. Media contacts Elon Werner, 214-244-1184 and Sarah Adams, 812-249-9823.
2011 NHRA Funny Car champion Matt Hagan and the Rocky Boots Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car will be at Morgan's Shoes & Bootery (2755 E. Franklin Blvd, Gastonia, NC 28056) from 5-7 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 11.
The two-time winner at zMAX Dragway, where this weekend's NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event kicks off the six-race Countdown to the Championship, will sign autographs and greet fans at Morgan's. Hagan made history at zMax in 2011 when he became the first Funny Car driver in NHRA history to clock a three-second pass (3.995-seconds).
During this special event, Morgan's is offering 10 percent off all Rocky Boots and NHRA fans can enter to win a free pair of boots.