DRO: Do you have
any plans to change the Pro Mod rules?
down the road I would really like to see Pro
Mod open up from a competitor's point of view.
I would like to see turbocharged Pro Mod cars,
or Pro Mods on nitro, or something that would
just let them really come out of the box.
DRO: Is that something
we might see any time soon?
not in the foreseeable future. As the sport
develops we can't work on everything at once.
We are not reinventing the wheel here. We are
going to work on our show; we're going to work
on understanding what the non-traditional drag
racing fans want to see. You know, what gets
people to a race who don't like Top Fuel cars.
There are more of those people than there are
of us (drag racing fans). So when we go into
a market, if we're going to rely only on the
people who like drag racing, it's a losing proposition.
If there are three million people in the country
that are drag racing fans, there are 280 million
who aren't. They go to concerts, shows, and
spend their entertainment dollars on something,
so how do we get more of those folks? What do
they want to see?
DRO: Will IHRA
racers be able to reach you personally with
questions or problems?
Peaco: I plan
on being very available to folks who have concerns
and problems. That is what I'm here for. They
may not get the answer they want all the time,
but at least they will have the ability to ask
a rational question and get a rational answer,
to understand what our thinking is on some of
the things we are doing. I know that as a racer
I often questioned rule changes or looked at
a lot of things and said, 'Wow! What are they
thinking?' There is a logical explanation behind
most changes, but how does a regular racer ever
DRO: So how are
you going to convey that to IHRA racers?
Peaco: I'll use
Drag Review and the web site for obvious reasons,
but I would like to get to a point to create
my own mailing list of folks so that I could
send a batch e-mail to just the 9.90 guys, or
just the Pro Mod guys. Tell them, this is what
is going on and this is what affects your class.
I don't have the ability to call everyone and
I'll never see everyone at a race, but to those
that have e-mail, I could shoot out a little
questionnaire and statement of whatever and
get some ideas and feedback in a instant instead
of having to wait six months to see how a
change pans out. I know that sometimes people
will interpret that to be, 'Well you asked us
a question but you did what you wanted anyway,
so what are you asking us for?' My father always
taught me to ask questions, take all of the
answers, put them together, determine which
are best, and then make a decision. Sometimes
it's going to be the decision you planned in
the first place.
I don't know everything; you don't know everything,
I'm looking for information and I will seek
information before I make a decision. Because
again, I know being a racer, that when somebody's
swipe of a pen makes my car obsolete or costs
me $15,000 a crack, I'm not going to be happy
about it, nor am I coming to the races to support
them. So the benefit to me is that I always
think about it from the driver's seat because
that's my passion. I think as long as you are
making progress, whether it's from a safety
standpoint or making a guy's weekend at the
races with his family a more positive experience,
nobody can fault you for that.
Ultimately, they have to respect that I am
making the best decision possible. I'm not making
decisions because I like to make changes, or
because that's what Clear Channel wants to see.