Dan Olson has never been one to turn away from a drag racing
challenge. A quiet man, he’s not the best known tuner in the business
but he could be one of the more conciliatory members of a very volatile
Chosen by NHRA to succeed Ray Alley as technical director for the Top
Fuel and Funny Car nitro categories, the Fresno, Calif. native is
looking forward to bringing the two classes added competitiveness
without inflicting additional costs. “I am excited to work with the
entire racing community to find solutions and new approaches to the
complex issues” of NHRA POWERade racing, he said.
Olson was “looking for a new challenge at this stage of my life,” and
is keenly happy to be returning home to the Pacific time zone when he
takes over his post on December 1st. “I’ve been working in Indy and
think I’ve been home perhaps 45-50 days this past year.” His son has
taken over the family business, Olson said.