Do you have many people helping with your current team?
Glidden: It’s just
[common-law wife] Shannon and I, so when we’re gone
from the shop, it’s closed. It’s just us two.
Do you talk with your father very often about your racing
Glidden: I can’t say
that we get together and talk about that, but I see him every
once in a while. I mean he goes to work on the east side of
Indianapolis every morning really early and I work actually
there by the house. I see Mom, but I don’t see Dad a
he has no influence or input on your car’s setup.
Glidden: Oh no, Dad doesn’t
know anything about anything I’m doing. He’s just
never known anything about what I’m doing. He did drive
the car once and that was … well, he just didn’t
understand. So, he is not really aware of anything that I
do. I mean, he understands his racing and he knows what I’m
doing, but as for setup, he couldn’t tell me to do this
or try that or anything.
Do you plan to stick with this class long term, or do you
have plans to enter something else in the future?
Glidden: Most places fear
making this combination—forget competitive, let’s
not use that word—fair, because of what we’re
capable of doing.
The turbo small blocks, you mean?
Glidden: No. The sanctions,
or even outlaw races or whatever, will not make a rule that
makes a 400-inch small-block Ford, let’s call it, not
even on an even keel, but a lot closer, for fear that we would
come there and do what we do.
That’s what I was referring to earlier, though. That
has to be frustrating to feel there’s a “Billy
Glidden Rule” in force.
Glidden: What can you do
about it? Nothing.
What about running down south with ORSCA? Is your car legal
for Outlaw 10.5 action?
Glidden: From where I’m
sitting right now, I’d have to add 600 pounds. I run
real close to what they run right now at the eighth mile and
I’d have to add 600 pounds.
Outlaw 10.5 offers some pretty good purses, though; are you
not at all interested in building a car to fit those rules?
Glidden: Not with my budget.
That brings up a good point. Is it difficult to attract backing
for a class like Outlaw Street?
Glidden: It’s hard
to get backing for anything. Just look at the dwindling sponsors
in the NHRA, or anywhere else, for that matter. That’s
why it’s very important that we win and not just show
People take this wrong, but this is our job and not very
many people go to their job competing for their paycheck.
We go to our job and compete to get paid and that’s
why it’s so important that we have to do a good job
all the time. If we don’t do the job, we don’t
get paid that week. When you leave the shop you’re in
the red right away; you’re already behind. We do have
some people that help a little, but there’s certainly
nothing of any magnitude.