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MICKEY THOMPSON PARTNERS WITH WYOTECH

Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels has just announced their alliance
with WyoTech™ technical schools. WyoTech, established in 1966, is the official
technical school of the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) providing training
in automotive and aviation technology, including auto body repair, diesel, HVAC,
chassis fabrication, high-performance engines, street rod/custom fabrication and
trim/upholstery.  WyoTech has seven campus locations in five states.
 
 
“Over the years WyoTech has attracted and aligned itself with the
automotive industry’s top companies with the ultimate goal of benefiting our
students,” said Lane Hart, WyoTech’s VP of Development. “We believe that this
alliance with Mickey Thompson Performance Tires and Wheels further strengthens
what we call the ‘WyoTech Edge.’”

DAVE DANISH SERVICES

Here is the schedule of the services for Dave Danish
 
The Viewing and Services will be held at Forest Lawn, 21300 Via Verde Drive, Covina CA 91724
ph (626)-732-2308
 
Viewing - Sunday May 20th from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM
 
Services - Tuesday at 9:00 AM
 
Please join the Danish family for a Celebration of Dave's Life to be
held at California Speedway in the Apex Restaurant area immediately
following the services.

IRVING RETURNS TO PM

051607a.jpgOne
of Canada’s first Pro Modified competitors is returning to racing, and
will make his return at this weekend’s Victoria Day Weekend PMRA
Challenge at Toronto Motorsports Park in Cayuga, Ontario May 19 and 20.
 
After taking a couple of years off, Gary Irving of Bolton, ON will be back in action with his 1937 Chevy Coupe Pro Modified.
 
“I’m looking forward to getting back in the car,” said Irving, who
began to race in the popular class back in 1991. “It’s been a couple of
years since I raced, but we’ll be ready for this weekend.”
 

ESPN2'S BRISTOL TV

ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will have same-day coverage of both qualifying and
eliminations for the rescheduled NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event at
Bristol (Tenn.) Dragway, July 6-8.

Qualifying for the O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals presented by
Q will be televised from 4-6 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 7, with final
eliminations on the air from 7-9 p.m. on Sunday, July 8. NHRA Race Day
will air at 11 a.m. on July 8 to set the stage for that day's eliminations. 

MAUNEY KEEPS ON KEEPING ON

Fridays
are what veteran chassis builder Tommy Mauney considers to be his “fill in the
blanks” days. Mostly he prefers to tinker with his custom motorcycles, a
diversion he felt would one day remove him from the rigors of building race
cars. This comes after he finishes up the final touches on customer orders and orders parts.


Mauney
is quick to point out that he still loves building award-winning race cars.
It’s the politics he could do without.

It’s
not the money that drives him, although it does go a long way towards paying
the bills. It is the love of his craft that pushes him to never give up.

“We
still have plenty to do,” Mauney said, referring to his ever-growing chassis
demands. “You have those people who have a preference for our cars and because
of that, it keeps us plenty busy throughout the year.”

JON OBERHOFER NAMED KALITTA CREWCHIEF

Kalitta Motorsports, founded in 1959 by drag racing legend Connie “the Bounty
Hunter” Kalitta and one of the most successful auto racing teams in history,
announced personnel changes today to help solidify their standing among the
elite teams competing in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series highlighted by the
reassignment of longtime Team Kalitta wrench man and co-crew chief Jon
Oberhofer.

Effective immediately, Oberhofer, a 38-year old resident of Ypsilanti, will
take over the reigns as crew chief of the 8,000-horsepower Mac Tools Top Fuel
dragster driven by veteran Top Fuel ace and three-time POWERade points runner-up
(2003, ‘04, and ‘06) Doug Kalitta. Oberhofer has relinquished his duties as
co-crew chief of the Zantrex-3 Top Fuel dragster driven by Dave Grubnic. Connie
will retain his title as crew chief on the Zantrex-3 entry.

DAVE DANISH PASSES

Dave Danish, general manager of Southwestern Int'l Raceway, an NHRA
Division 7 track in Tucson, Ariz., died May 15, four days
after suffering a major heart attack. At the direction of family members,
doctors at San
Antonio Community Hospital in
Upland, Calif., removed Danish from life-support
systems in the afternoon, and he succumbed peacefully a few hours later. He was
61.

Condolences can be sent in care of Mike Yurick, California Speedway,
9300 Cherry Ave., Fontana, CA 92335;
e-mail, [email protected].

KING DEMON QUALIFYING SHORTENED

With the rescheduling of the O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at
Bristol Dragway to July 6-8, points accumulation for the 2007 NHRA King
Demon Crown bonus event for Pro Stock drivers has been shortened to 22
events. The O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka,
June 1-3, is the last event where drivers can earn points for the
prestigious event.

DAVE DANISH HOSPITALIZED

Dave Danish, general manager of Southwestern Int'l Raceway, an NHRA Division 7
track in Tucson, Ariz., remains in critical condition at San Antonio Community Hospital in Upland, Calif., after suffering a major heart attack
May 11.

According to family members, Danish was admitted to
the critical care unit, where his condition is very serious.

Cards and messages of support can be sent in care of
Mike Yurick, California Speedway, 9300 Cherry Ave., Fontana,
CA 92335, or via e-mail to [email protected].

SECOND-GENERATION MILLICAN HITS THE TRACK

His dad is a six-time series champion and 50-race winner, doing so by keeping
all four of his Top Fuel dragster’s wheels on the asphalt.  Dalton Millican,
meanwhile, is more content flying through the air and sliding around dirt
corners on his 4-wheeler.
 
The son of IHRA champion and current NHRA
competitor Clay Millican and wife Donna, Dalton must’ve inherited his father's
competitive genes because he’s placed third and second, respectively, in his
first two All Terrain Vehicle Association (ATVA) motocross events. 

 
“He’s not done too badly,” said Clay.  “I thought he did really well
with the third in his first national event. Then last weekend, in the debut with
his new sponsors – Knoll-Gas Motorsports and Lonestar Racing – he ran in two
classes at Red Bud (near Buchanan, Mich.), and finished second in Production C
class and third in Open C Unlimited. 

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