James: Yeah, Connie
was always kind of a hero for me growing up
and I remember Scott when it seemed like he
was winning every race. But I think Scott was
almost at the stage where everybody had kind
of forgotten about him. But now, this is kind
of jogging everybody's memory, like, "Oh man,
I forgot that Scott was like the baddest driver
DRO: You could
say he was like the Larry Dixon of the mid-'90s,
where if you went up against him, you were probably
going to lose.
James: Well, I
think he's a little bit better than Larry Dixon.
I know Larry Dixon and my money would be on
DRO: As a designer,
did you have any input into how the car would
James: Yeah, and
they kind of freaked out when I sent them the
paint schemes for the tractor-trailer and the
car, but I guess we won best-appearing car of
the event, so I guess it's okay now.
I noticed the car has very unique front wheels,
too. Did your shop make those up?
James: No, the
Kalittas did that. They thought it would be
pretty cool and I thought it was a great idea,
too, because they always show the cars breaking
the beams and there's nothing ever different
about any of them, so I think it's a cool place
for the logo.
DRO: How does
it feel seeing your name and your company on
the side of a Top Fuel dragster at the U.S.
James: I don't
know; it's a little weird. I was talking about
this earlier with someone. It feels like just
last week I was getting kicked out of the Winter
Nationals for sneaking my own beer in, and now
I've got my own car. It's a little surreal.
But it's pretty cool. I think it's kind of taking
the corporate sponsorship out of corporate sponsorship.
You know, I'm just a welder-fabricator and kind
of a smart-ass who's willing to put my money
where my mouth is.