The biggest misconception I have found is that people think when I am not racing I have a ton of free time to do whatever I want. There are days that I certainly wish that were the case, but I think I would go crazy if I wasn’t constantly working. Most of the time I spend away from the track, I am working with my marketing partners or working on developing new relationships with potential partners. So instead of getting a break between races, it is actually kind of like a break when I am at the track, because racing truly is the easiest part of this business. With that being said we have made a lot of friends out of our marketing partners, and I have enjoyed spending time with many of them here recently.
Vegas is always a hot spot for our partners located out west. They can come to a race, but also enjoy the thrills of Vegas. Our West Coast Amalie rep, Tina, was there with Jason, who heads up our new Amalie Oil Quick Lube program. We met Jason a year ago here in Vegas at the race … who would have thought that a year later he would be working for Amalie, and have opened the very first Amalie Oil Quick Lube? Andrew from Genius Tools was also in Vegas. If you have never heard of Genius Tools, which I hadn’t before I met Andrew, let me tell you how great their product is. Soon we will have them available on our Amaliestore.com website. Until then, find them on Facebook and “like” their page because you could win free tools. Dave Clinton from Darton Sleeves, Joy and Chris from Ross Pistons, Danny from Cool Image Water, Bill from Clean Seal, and Chris Johnson from Armed Forces Racing were all in Vegas with us (I really hope I am not forgetting anyone). We also had a special visit from Lou the star of Operation Repo, who was at the race to visit the Fueled by the Fallen cars.
Upon returning home from Vegas, I got to head up to see Scott and our friends at Motorstate/All Star Performance. Their facility is amazing. They are in the process of making some All Star Performance tire covers for the dragster and I can’t wait to see how they turn out. With the talk of all this marketing partner stuff, I should mention something about having a 2nd car. People continue question when the other car I own will debut on the NHRA circuit. I am not directly involved in the funding process for this car. Armed Forces Racing, is currently working on securing a “founding sponsor” to support their racing program. I am looking forward to bringing awareness to Veterans issues while getting data from the 2nd car, and I know once they are able to get their program up and running many people will benefit. I feel honored that they want to use Terry McMillen Racing to get their message out there. Until they are ready to run the 2nd car, I am going to continue to concentrate on getting the Amalie Oil/UNOH Top Fuel dragster down the track consistently and competitively.
Now on to Charlotte where I get so see more of my marketing partners. Crossing my fingers my good friend Mark from Flatout Gaskets will be able to make it. I know Rick from Amalie and Bill from Clevite will be there, and who knows who else will stop by along the way. Don’t forget you can watch us on Google+ on Saturday from our pit. You can also see us on YouTube, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter (@terrymcmillen)