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It’s been 5 years since Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School has been at Bandimere Speedway

“We absolutely love the Bandimere facility and the staff and are looking forward to returning to the Mile High Raceway July 27, 28 and 29th,” said school owner Frank Hawley. ” Our drivers get to drive on one of the best prepared race tracks in the country while also enjoying one of the most scenic areas of any place we visit.  On one side of the track are the mountains and on the other a skyline view of the city of Denver.  It’s a great place for the drivers, their families and friends to visit.” said Hawley .

“I am a graduate of the Hawley School and can tell you it’s a first class operation with excellent instructors and equipment,” said ‘Sporty’ Bandimere.  “I think everyone could benefit from Hawley’s instruction.  We’re excited to have the Frank Hawley School back.”

The School will offer two programs.  On July 27th we will offer the Dragster Adventure program.  “In this class we let drivers train in 10 second dragsters.  They’re equipped with a gas pedal, a brake pedal and an automatic transmission similar to a regular car,” said Hawley.  “And the drivers can also choose to compete in ‘side-by-side’ competition.  It’s the only place in the country where almost anyone can learn to drive a dragster in the morning and race for a trophy in the afternoon.  It’s the perfect program for someone that wants to give driving a try without committing the resources needed for our competition course,” added Hawley.

The other program is one of most popular, the 2-day NHRA competition licensing program in which many of today’s current Pro drivers started their careers.  It is also the course that many JR Dragster drivers have chosen to begin their transition into bigger cars. The class is a comprehensive course that combines racetrack and classroom time (Frank’s Personal Performance seminar) to get drivers started in the right direction.  Students can drive our SC or SG cars or bring their own car to class.  Additionally it gives drivers that may already be racing an opportunity to get certified to 7:50 ET.

So if you, a spouse or a friend find this interesting please contact Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School at 866-480-7223 for information and to register!

Seats are limited in all programs and pre-registration is required.

Call our knowledgeable guys with your questions or to book a seat! 

You can also buy the Dragster Adventure program on-line at www.frankhawley.com 

Jeff Arend, jarend@frankhawley.com, 909-973-8279 c

Paul Shields, paul.fhdrs@gmail.com, 904-472-6312 c

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Some of you may be keeping up with the venue & class changes we are posting on social media, but here’s the latest in class changes & additions.  This is the year we are all learning to be very flexible and we couldn’t be happier to be offering classes at all the tracks that are hosting us! Whether you’re new to racing, moving up from Jr Dragster, need to improve your skills, or just want to check an item off your bucket list…there are lots of class dates coming to a track near you!  In addition to the popular Super Comp/Super Gas or Bring Your Own Car classes offered, the Dragster Adventure with side-by-side racing will be offered at some of the locations, which is an incredibly fun program for you, friends, family, employees or customers!

If you’re looking to upgrade your license in the Alcohol classes, give us a call as those dates are scheduled on request at our home base at Gainesville Raceway.

Lucas Oil Raceway, Indianapolis, IN — June 23-24 SC/SG or BYOC Competition License Class;  June 25 Dragster Adventure

World Wide Technology Raceway, St. Louis, MO — June 27-28 SC/SG or BYOC Competition License Class

National Trail Raceway, Columbus, OH — July 21-22 SC/SG or BYOC Competition License Class;  July 23 Dragster Adventure

Bandimere Speedway, Denver, CO — July 27 Dragster Adventure;  July 28-29 SC/SG or BYOC Competition License Class

Woodburn Dragstrip, Woodburn, OR — August 2 Dragster Adventure;  August 3-4 SC/SG or BYOC Competition License Class

Maple Grove Raceway, Reading, PA — August 26-27 SC/SG or BYOC Competition License Class;  August 28 Dragster Adventure

Gainesville Raceway, Gainesville, FL — October 1-2, November 10-11, December 8-9, December 29-30 SC/SG or BYOC Competition License Class;  November 20 Dragster Adventure

The Strip at Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV — October 12-13 SC/SG or BYOC Competition License Class

Auto Club Dragway, Fontana, CA — October 21-22 SC/SG or BYOC Competition License Class;  October 23 Dragster Adventure

Call our knowledgeable guys with your questions or to book a seat in one of the upcoming competition license classes. 

You can also buy the Dragster Adventure program on-line at www.frankhawley.com 

Jeff Arend, jarend@frankhawley.com, 909-973-8279 c

Paul Shields, paul.fhdrs@gmail.com, 904-472-6312 c

866-480-7223

www.frankhawley.com

Hello Everyone!  Who’s ready to get back on the track?

We know everyone is ready to get back to their regular lives soon and we are sure ready to get back to running classes!  So whether you’re new to racing, moving up from Jr Dragster, or need to improve your skills, there are lots of class dates coming to a track near you!  We also added a class following the rescheduled Gatornationals in June!  And did you see we added Bandimere Speedway to the schedule this year? In addition to the popular Super Comp/Super Gas or Bring Your Own Car classes offered, the fun Dragster Adventure will be offered at many of the locations.  Plus, we added a fall Dragster Adventure date in Florida!

If you’re looking to upgrade your license in the Alcohol classes, give us a call as those dates are scheduled on request at our home base at Gainesville Raceway.

Updated schedule:

Gainesville Raceway — May 12-13, June 9-10 (following the new Gators date), October 1-2, November 10-11, December 8-9, December 29-30 SC/SG or BYOC

Gainesville Raceway — November 20 – Dragster Adventure

Tucson Dragway — May 29-30 SC/SG or BYOC

Houston Raceway — June 3-4 SC/SG or BYOC;  June 5 Dragster Adventure

Route 66 Raceway — June 24-25 SC/SG or BYOC;  June 26 Dragster Adventure

Summit Motorsports Park — July 13-14 SC/SG or BYOC;  July 16 Dragster Adventure

Bandimere Speedway — July 28-29 SC/SG or BYOC; July 27 Dragster Adventure

Woodburn Dragstrip — August 3-4 SC/SG or BYOC;  August 2 Dragster Adventure

Maple Grove Raceway — August 26-27 SC/SG or BYOC;  August 28 Dragster Adventure

The Strip at LVMS — October 12-13 SC/SG or BYOC

Auto Club Dragway — October 21-22 SC/SG or BYOC;  October 23 Dragster Adventure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stay up to date with any changes to our schedule through the “Class Dates & Locations” on our website at www.frankhawley.com…

Class Dates & Locations

Call our knowledgeable guys with your questions or to book a seat in one of the upcoming competition license classes. 

You can also buy the Dragster Adventure program on-line at www.frankhawley.com 

Jeff Arend, jarend@frankhawley.com, 909-973-8279 c

Paul Shields, paul.fhdrs@gmail.com, 904-472-6312 c

866-480-7223

www.frankhawley.com

We are very grateful for all the friendships and relationships we have made in the past and we look forward to making more!  Thank you for your support and patronage of the School!  Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with peace, love and joy!

Merry Christmas and the Happiest of Holidays from Frank, Lana, and our team!

Luke 2:9-11 – And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them…And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

 

**Christmas card art by Jim Brando

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Check our website for a class near you!  And please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & YouTube!

Contact Paul or Jeff for information on any of our programs!
Paul Shields, paul.fhdrs@gmail.com, 866-480-7223 x102, 904-472-6312 c
Jeff Arend, jarend@frankhawley.com, 866-480-7223 x103, 909-973-8279 c

Happy Thanksgiving from thanksgiving-2016all of us at Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School!  We thank you for your patronage at our programs, and for your kind words and referrals!  Without you folks and your support, we would not be able to do what we do!

Blessings to you and yours at Thanksgiving and throughout the coming year!

From Frank & Lana Hawley and the entire crew!

 

 

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We have confirmed a number of 2020 class dates!  Next year we’ll be returning to some of our favorite tracks – Tucson Dragway, Auto Club Dragway, Houston Raceway, Route 66 RacewaySummit Motorsports Park, Bandimere Speedway, Woodburn Dragstrip, and of course running classes all throughout the year at our home base of Gainesville Raceway!  We’re still waiting to confirm dates at Las Vegas and Maple Grove Raceway.

Gainesville Raceway – January 21-22, February 4-5, February 18-19, March 17-18, March 24-25 Two-day competition license class; Dragster Adventure – March 27, 2020.   These are just the spring dates – we run here ALL YEAR!

Tucson Dragway – April 5 Dragster Adventure; April 6-7 Two-day competition license class

Auto Club Dragway – April 15-16 Two-day competition license class, April 17 Dragster Adventure

Houston Raceway – June 3-4 Two-day competition license class, June 5 Dragster Adventure

Route 66 Raceway – June 24-25 Two-day competition license class, June 26 Dragster Adventure

Summit Motorsports Park – July 13-14 Two-day competition license class, June 16 Dragster Adventure

Bandimere Speedway – July 27 Dragster Adventure; July 28-29 Two-day competition license class

Woodburn Dragstrip – August 2 Dragster Adventure; August 3-4 Two-day competition license class

You can earn your competition license to 7.50 in the two-day competition license class in our car or yours, so please contact us and we can answer all your questions about this program.  This is a great foundation if you’re building a car, moving up to a faster car or making the move up from Juniors.  Or maybe it’s on your bucket list to take the class.  You’ll learn so much more than how to drive the race car! Frank’s renowned “Personal Performance Development” classroom sessions cover the physiology of how your mind and body work together.  Participants will learn how to mentally prepare, perform at the highest level, improve focus and block out distractions.  Frank teaches how to practice more effectively whether at the track, at the shop or at home.  He’ll share techniques on how to remove the emotional baggage (everybody has some) that can often disrupt good performance .

If you’re looking for a fun day driving a dragster, the dragster adventure is for you, friends, customers and employees.  The Dragster Adventure is a fun course specifically designed for drivers that want to “DRIVE A DRAGSTER” and you can even compete in “SIDE-BY-SIDE” racing.  This program does not have the in-depth classroom sessions that our competition course does, but is great for team building and group events too!  Group dates are available on request.

If you’re currently racing and are ready to move up to a faster car, check out the 200 mph class!  These upgrade courses are designed not only for those seeking to compete in Nostalgia Funny Car, Pro Mod, Top Dragster, A-Fuel Dragster, Top Alcohol Dragster, but also numerous other types of programs such as Super Quick, Quick 16 Shootouts, Super Pro, Big Money Bracket Races or anywhere a competition license to run quicker than 7.49 in a quarter mile is required.  You can earn  your license to 6.00 in these classes. Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School offers drivers who are looking to upgrade their current NHRA competition license to 3A or 3B or 2A or 2B in this unique one day course.  Participation in this course requires a strong drag race history or successful completion of the Super Comp or Super Gas Course.

Call us with your questions or to book.  Seats are limited in all programs and pre-registration is required.

 

Please call Jeff Arend or Paul Shields at the numbers below with your questions!

Jeff Arend, jarend@frankhawley.com, 909-973-8279 c

Paul Shields, paul.fhdrs@gmail.com, 904-472-6312 c

866-480-7223

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This season of “Jay Leno’s Garage” marks the second time that Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School has had the good fortune to work with Jay Leno and his team.

A couple of years ago Jay jumped behind the wheel of a Super Comp Dragster and made some 8-second passes under the tutelage of World Champ & school founder Frank Hawley and guest instructor Pro Stock Champ Erica Enders.

“As I remember, Jay did a pretty good job considering it was his first time ever in a dragster”, said Hawley.

Earlier this year a Leno producer contacted Hawley again but this time the project would be completely different.

“Leno was doing a piece on forgotten and not very popular cars,” explained Hawley.  “They were looking for a couple AMC cars, a Pacer and a Gremlin.  They wanted to see if anyone still had these cars and better still had anyone modified them for drag racing,” continued Hawley.  “Well they found a couple cool cars and wanted to see them race one another.  To make sure everything was legit, they asked the school to help arrange the race and if we could, provide the drivers.  I said of course.”

The race would be at the school’s west coast location at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA.  After a fair amount of deliberation, it was agreed that school owner Frank Hawley and long time school consultant and current Nitro Funny Car driver Jack Beckman would be the designated drivers.

“Frank called me and told me about the show and what we’d be doing and I said, ‘count me in’,” said World Champ Jack Beckman.  “The first time we saw the cars was on the day of the shoot at Fontana.  They looked pretty cool!  A supercharged Pacer and a Gremlin with carburetors and a tunnel ram.  By coin toss I got the Pacer.” continued Beckman.

With no practice runs, Hawley and Beckman got strapped in for the big race.  The outcome is featured on the Jay Leno Garage show, Episode 502 — link below to the full episode!

http://www.cnbc.com/live-tv/jay-lenos-garage/full-episode/cult-classics/1599337539780

“It really was a fun day. School employee and Funny Car driver Jeff Arend was on hand to help co-ordinate everything and I really appreciate Jack taking a day out of his busy schedule to help out.  Jay Leno and his team are always great to work with.  A great time was had by all,” said Hawley.

For more information on the school go to www.frankhawley.com or give us a call at 866-480-7223!

 

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“The first cars we ran when we opened the school in 1985 were our TAFC’s,” said school founder Frank Hawley.  “We added TAD’s a year later and have been training drivers in these types of cars ever since.  Many of the top drivers in our sport, Robert Hight, Antron Brown, Steve Torrence, Doug Kalitta, Jack Beckman, Brittany Force, Matt Hagan, Austin Prock, Jordan Vandergriff, and many more have trained with us over the years,” continued Hawley.

“Drivers rely on us to give them great training and provide reliable race cars.  It’s really important that we give that to them.  Reliability and performance go hand in hand and that is why we started using MGP rods,” said Hawley.  “I had heard from many sources that MGP rods were a great product.  When I first held one of the rods in my hands, I was very impressed with the fit, finish and feel of the product.  After running them for several classes we’re convinced we made the right choice.”

“Our goal at MGP is to connect customers to victory. Teaming up with great people like the Frank Hawley Drag School helps us do that.  MGP provides industry leading connecting rods to drag racers ranging from sportsman classes to top fuel and we are excited to be a part of drag racing education with this great school,” said Chris Reiter.

Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School offers training in a wide variety of cars with programs to suit every budget, so if you’d like to go drag racing give the school a call!

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First, you go to school, and then you get in the business.

Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School graduate Spencer Markell has taken this pathway.  Recently Markell purchased veteran sportsman drag racer Steve Cohen’s operation.

“I’ve been a drag racing fan for years but never had the opportunity to get really involved until now,” Markell said. “I’ve been looking at Super Comp, and Top Dragster and the chance to purchase a quality operation from a champion like Steve Cohen doesn’t come along every day.

“At the Gatornationals, I ran into Steve, and the deal seemed like it was just meant to be. Steve and I agreed that the way to start was to go to Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School with the new car.”

The school’s founder and director, Frank Hawley, was impressed with Markell’s performance in the school.

“Spencer attended our Super Comp class and did quite well,” Hawley said. “Driving our Super Comp car was the perfect preparation for getting behind the wheel of Steve’s Top Dragster.”

Cohen, a veteran of sportsman drag racing for decades, believes Markell made an excellent choice in heading to Hawley for driver training.

“Frank and I have known each other for over 30 years,” Cohen said. “Frank runs a first-class operation, and I enjoyed working with him to get Spencer up to speed in the Top Dragster. My driving days are not over, but I am going to enjoy helping Spencer develop the skills necessary to compete at a national event.”

For more information about how you can get into the sport or improve your skills, contact Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School at 866-480-7223.

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