: Do you prefer being a hired crew chief now rather than owning your own car?

RL: Yeah, but only because I’ve been there, done that. This way I don’t have to worry about the finances. At different times, believe me, it’s pretty tough doing both and all the time I raced, I never ever bought used parts. If I couldn’t afford something, then I had to do with what I had. Not that I had anything junk, but at times I may not have had as many as I liked, but I always had the best.

: If you weren’t drag racing, what would you be doing?

RL: Probably playing in a band.

: What do you play?

RL: I play the drums. I haven’t played in a long time, but that’s what I’d probably be doing.

: How do you want to be remembered in drag racing?

RL: I don’t know. I guess it’s like I tell my grandkids. I say, “Dreams can come true. Try and do something that you really enjoy, because when times get tough, and they will get tough, it’s a lot easier to get through them. And never give up – if that’s what you want to do.”

Canadian driver Tim Boychuk joins a long and impressive list of men and women who have driven for Roland at one time or another. This   car with Boychuk between the pipes holds the current Heritage AA/FC record at 5.63. (Tim Marshall photo)