Why was getting Rob so important to you?
I think hes one of the best and probably
one of the most underrated crew chiefs out here,
as far as the younger guys go. Some of the places
hes been, I think hes been given
a bad rap and I dont think hes really
been given the opportunity to show what hes
capable of. Hes either been in somebodys
mess or cleaning up somebodys mess. Unfortunately
for him, hes not a guy that just goes
in with the quick fix. He picks at stuff and
works at stuff and I think if hed been
given an ample amount of time to chart a direction
and go there, hed already have been very
Im actually pretty happy that other teams
made bad decisions because it made him available
to us. Were going to show everyone just
how bad their decisions were.
races are you going to hit this year?
Were going to run Atlanta, Chicago, Topeka;
and then well run Columbus, Englishtown,
and St. Louis; and if we can get a little more
funding it will allow
to go on the West Coast swing. If we do not
go on the West Coast swing, then well
come back for Brainerd, Memphis, Indy, and Reading.
If we havent secured any more funding
by then, well be done for this year.
the realistic cost for you to go racing?
Well, we had everything, but we did have to
freshen some stuff up, buy some new heads and
new blocks and other parts and pieces. So, other
than that, by the time you pay the crew guys
and the insurance and the hotels and costs at
the track, youre looking at about $50
grand per race on the downside. Now, if you
want to go out and knock heads with some of
them other teams, it could cost you $100 grand,
or more. And thats obviously what were
looking for in the long term.
got Haldex on the side of the car now. What
do they do?
Haldex makes brake adjusters for 18 wheelers.
Theyre the leader in that category, a
big company, and a great supporter of mine.
Chuck Kleinhagen, hes the company president
and a family friend for many years, and when
I called him, he said, No problem.
Theyre based in Kansas City and without
their support we wouldnt be here.
DRO: Why race
a partial season with NHRA when you could go
over and run an 11-race season in IHRA and probably
give Clay Millican a good run for the championship?
Basically its because youre looking
at the cream of the crop over here. Its
like the major leagues versus double-A or whatever.
You can take a look over there and see theres
no names of any magnitude on the cars, other
than Millicans team. If you want to knock
heads with the bestand thats why
were out herethis is where you have
Part of its competitive, but its
also the opportunity NHRA provides to help us
in attracting a multi-million-dollar sponsor.
Its an easier sell to ask for that kind
of money over here compared to over there.