The Wood Bros. and Trevor Bayne in Charlotte
It used to be that when people asked us which race was busiest, the answer was easy – Indianapolis.
At Indy, you don’t get five free minutes at the track. There are so many interviews, meet-and-greets and autograph sessions (not to mention the rounds of racing!) that it really is a grind.
Now other races are starting to catch up, like the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
I like being busy. Having lots of things to concentrate on actually helps not get too keyed up about racing my Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Mustang Funny Car. The days fly by!
Let me tell you…we were busy in Charlotte. Our new Motorcraft Marketing and Motorsports Manager came to see us and it was his first drag race, so we had a lot to show him. On Sunday, our sponsor teammate Trevor Bayne, Eddie and Len Wood from Wood Brothers Racing and Donnie Wingo, Trevor’s crew chief, came out to cheer for us.
You may have noticed that we in the Ford Funny Car camps are pretty close. We’ve all known each other for many years and respect each other. We call it “One Ford” and for us it really is. We may want to beat each other on the track, but at the end of the day we’re family. We have that same kind of bond with Trevor and Wood Brothers Racing through Motorcraft and Quick Lane Racing.
Trevor drove the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway, then flew with the Woods overnight to see us in Charlotte. It’s always great to get the extra support at the track. Jack Roush, whose team won the Nationwide and Sprint Cup races in Texas, came out to zMAX Dragway too.
Last week the Ford Mustang turned 48. The Mustang is an iconic brand for Ford and a car that is especially important to me! I race one, after all.
My son Austin finally got the junior dragster he’s been asking for. Now both Bobby and Austin have one and they’re painted to look just like my Funny Car. It’s amazing how quick kids grow up. They were supposed to come down to Charlotte to attend Roy Hill’s Drag Racing School but an airplane malfunction canceled their flight. We couldn’t find another one. I assured them they will get another chance. They can’t wait!
We’re headed to NASA’s Johnson Space Center tomorrow with ESPN2before the race in Houston. I look forward to this every year and will have lots to ask about after “The Science of Drag Racing” event the staff at zMAX Dragway invited me to attend to promote their race. Talk about cool – I was able to talk with real physicists and retired astronaut Joan Higginbotham about how racing a Funny Car is like flying in a space shuttle. They really are very similar. My Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang still accelerates quicker, though.
I really have to hand it to the PR staff at zMAX Dragway. They come up with the most creative ideas to promote drag racing. The whole staff at zMAX does an incredible job. I was happy to be there.