you and Mike have financial stakes in the team?
Millican: Yes we do, but
it’s a very small part. Kenny is the boss, he’s
that part of a strategy to reassure sponsors that you and
Mike were going to stay with the team?
Millican: Not so much
a strategy, but sure, it works that way. Werner has been
our primary sponsor for going on five years now and they
had already told me and Mike they would stick with us. They
told us as long as we want to race, we can race, so that’s
that mean if you two had wanted to go to another team you
could’ve brought the Werner sponsorship with you?
Millican: Well, that was
never even brought up, to be honest. We have a family group
of guys that work on this car and there was never any thought
of splitting up the team or moving the car; it’s based
in Tennessee, near where I live. So me and Mike just knew
we had to find somebody who wouldn’t want to disrupt
what was going on, because we have a successful combination
of people here. And that was never even a thought with Kenny.
Werner aware of the plans to sell the team?
Millican: Not ahead of
time. Not until me and Mike knew that we were ready to bring
Kenny done much with the team so far, or has it just continued
as if nothing has changed?
Millican: That was one
of the things that Kenny said initially about the whole team
buyout, that he is one busy guy. I can’t even begin
to describe how busy he is; I honestly
don’t know how
he keeps up—Captain Chaos is right! But he told me
and Mike, ‘I want to own a Top Fuel team, but I do
not have time to deal with it every day.’ He doesn’t
want to be on the phone ordering parts. I mean, we just called
him the other day and told him we’d ordered our new
Brad Hadman car and he just said, ‘Oh, okay, cool!’ and
that was that. So the mono-strut car is ordered. It is being
All Kenny has said is that we need to race more, right off
the get go. He asked me and Mike what races do we want to
do, and of course, being racers we said, ‘All of them!’ So
we’re going to every NHRA race that’s not on
top of an IHRA race the rest of this year. We are fully committed
to winning our fifth IHRA championship.
it been decided yet where you’ll be primarily racing
Millican: I know it’s
been on the Internet that we’re making the big switch
[to NHRA], but we’re not doing anything that Werner
doesn’t want us to do. So, no, not at all, nothing
has been decided.