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Frank Hawley

By Brandon W. Mudd

Part of what makes a business successful is experience. Another part is the quality of people who support that business. Frank Hawley is a two-time NHRA Funny Car champion, one of the sport’s 50 img_8060Greatest Drivers, and, for more than 30 years, the owner and lead instructor at the Frank Hawley Drag Racing School, so the experience is a no-brainer.

And the support? Well, when companies like Summit Racing Equipment spend year after year supporting the school, it’s obvious Hawley has built a credible empire based on results and customer satisfaction, both for racers and marketing partners.

Jim Greenleaf, the motorsports and events manager for Summit, said the school has provided his organization the ability to reach out to new groups and new clients.

“We were on board with Frank before I was in this position,” he said. “I’ve been with the company 20 years, so in the eight years I have been in this capacity, we’d already started a relationship with the school and Frank.

“Obviously, the main reason to get involved is because of what Frank’s doing, whether he’s teaching somebody who is looking to improve their skills or somebody who is new to the sport. There are opportunities there for us to help us reach that racer and to be a partner with them going forward in their racing career.”

“We have been with Summit for a long time. Summit has supported our sport for many years at both a Sportsman and a Professional level.  I think our customers, the racers and enthusiasts have come to rely on Summit as the source for performance parts.  I know that my staff uses them on a regular basis.  It’s one stop shopping, with great service and great prices,” said Hawley.

img_0070Greenleaf said Summit Racing Equipment maintains its relationship with Hawley and the driving school due to both the programs the former drag racing champion provides for students and Hawley’s abilities to teach and motivate.

“I know folks that have been involved and are very impressed with the program that he runs,” Greenleaf said. “Again, it’s a top-notch program from the quality of the cars to Frank as a speaker and a motivator.”

When many think of the NHRA, they think of the Mello Yello Series and its Pro drivers. While Summit supports drivers such as Pro Stock champions Greg Anderson and Jason Line and Funny Car driver Tim Wilkerson, the company’s bread and butter comes from the Sportsman ranks.

Hobby racers and part-time drivers who have full-time jobs outside the sport are the ones Summit Racing Equipment wants to reach the most. Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School gives them that opportunity.

“It’s a local guy who is home working on his car in the garage, in the shop,” Greenleaf said. “It’s the guy that can go out and race on any given weekend. Whether it’s his daily driver or whether it’s a purpose-built race car, there really is no other form of motorsports that allows the participant to do that, to get involved at such an entry level, without a huge investment necessarily and that’s really our customer base, it’s that do-it-yourself racer.”

And to Jim Greenleaf and many other automotive industry representatives, Hawley and the school is a great way to reach those drivers. Regardless of whether it’s someone looking for a couple days of fun in a race car or someone looking to follow in Frank’s championship footsteps, Summit knows the school is a capable method of reaching a new customer base.

“Frank is kind of the next step,” Greenleaf said. “As they want to improve, they go to see Frank and obviously we want to be a part of that as they grow in the sport.”

Contact the School at 866-480-7223 for information on any of their programs, class dates & locations and also visit their website at www.frankhawley.com.  Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram!

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img_8060When this news goes out, we’ll be running classes at Auto Club Dragway in Fontana, CA before heading back to our home track at Gainesville Raceway for the winter and spring.  We’d like to feature some of our grads in an upcoming newsletter, so please send us your pictures and news!  In the meantime, if you’ve already been to the school, tell people about the programs, and please “like” and review us on our Facebook page.  We are grateful to continue to help people get started in racing, or help them fulfill a lifelong dream!  Our grads are our best endorsement and we are thankful for you all!

For those out there considering attending the school, listed below are winter dates in Gainesville, along with some of the travel img_6984dates that have been confirmed at Auto Club Dragway in Fontana, Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk and Maple Grove Raceway in Reading. We hope to confirm additional dates shortly at Gainesville Raceway, along with remote class dates at Tucson Dragway, Royal Purple Raceway, Heartland Park Topeka and Woodburn Dragstrip.

The December classes between Christmas and New Years are extremely popular and this year the calendar worked out where we are able to offer TWO classes during this time.  These are very popular for the up and coming racers out there as they are on school break, and also many people have this time off work.  Don’t delay if you may be thinking about attending during one of these classes, as both class dates are half full already!

img_8288Our very knowledgeable guys, Paul Shields and Jeff Arend, are responsive to your calls, texts and emails so feel free to contact them with any and all questions you have about the school, what you’re trying to accomplish, whether you want to bring your own car, arrange a group event, just have some fun, buy a gift for someone, or even treat a potential sponsor or significant other to a taste of drag racing, etc. Their direct contacts are listed at the end of this email.

Below is a list of confirmed class dates.  Please check back as we will be confirming other dates soon!  **Additional dates for Group Events, TD/NFC are on demand

November 9, 2016 — TD/NFC – Gainesville Raceway

November 10-11, 2016 — SC/SG/BYOC – Gainesville Raceway

November 17, 2016 — TD/NFC – Gainesville Raceway

December 2, 2016 — Dragster Adventure – Gainesville Raceway (click here to book)

December 6-7, 2016 — SC/SG/BYOC – Gainesville Raceway

December 8-9, 2016 — TD – Gainesville Raceway (FULL)

December 10, 2016 — Corporate Dragster Adventure Group (Private)

December 27-28, 2016 — SC/SG/BYOC – Gainesville Raceway

December 29-30, 2016 — SC/SG/BYOC – Gainesville Raceway

January 17-18, 2017 — SC/SG/BYOC – Gainesville Raceway

January 25, 2017 — TD – Gainesville Raceway

February 14-15, 2017 — SC/SG/BYOC – Gainesville Raceway

February 21, 2017 — TD/NFC – Gainesville Raceway

February 23, 2017 — TD/NFC – Gainesville Raceway

February 28-Mar 1, 2017 — SC/SG/BYOC – Gainesville Raceway

March 21-22, 2017 — SC/SG/BYOC – Gainesville Raceway (after Gatornationals, cost $1695)

March 24, 2017 — Dragster Adventure – Gainesville Raceway (click here to book)

March 28, 2017 — TD/NFC – Gainesville Raceway

April 12-13, 2017 — SC/SG/BYOC – Auto Club Dragway, Fontana, CA

April 14, 2017 — Dragster Adventure – Auto Club Dragway, Fontana, CA (click here to book)

April 15, 2017 — Dragster Adventure – Auto Club Dragway, Fontana, CA (click here to book)

April 19-20, 2017 — SC/SG/BYOC – Auto Club Dragway, Fontana, CA

April 21, 2017 — Dragster Adventure – Auto Club Dragway, Fontana, CA (click here to book)

June 21-22, 2017 — SC/SG/BYOC – Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, IL

June 23, 2017 — Dragster Adventure – Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, IL (click here to book)

June 24, 2017 — Dragster Adventure – Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, IL (click here to book)

July 17-18, 2017 — SC/SG/BYOC – Summit Motorsports Park, Norwalk, OH

July 19, 2017 — Corporate Dragster Adventure Group (Private)

July 20, 2017 — Dragster Adventure – Summit Motorsports Park, Norwalk, OH (click here to book)

August 15-16, 2017 — SC/SG/BYOC – Maple Grove Raceway, Reading, PA

August 17, 2017 — Dragster Adventure – Maple Grove Raceway, Reading, PA (click here to book)

August 18, 2017 — Dragster Adventure – Maple Grove Raceway, Reading, PA (click here to book)

October 18-19, 2017 — SC/SG/BYOC – Auto Club Dragway, Fontana, CA

October 20, 2017 — Dragster Adventure – Auto Club Dragway, Fontana, CA (click here to book)

October 26, 2017 — Dragster Adventure – Auto Club Dragway, Fontana, CA (click here to book)

October 27, 2017 — Dragster Adventure – Auto Club Dragway, Fontana, CA (click here to book)

** Dates subject to change, so please check back

For information on all our programs contact…

Paul Shields, 866-480-7223 x102, 904-472-6312 cell, pshields@frankhawley.com

Jeff Arend, 866-480-7223 x103, 909-973-8279 cell, jarend@frankhawley.com

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