Happy Thanksgiving from Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School! It is because of you and your support that we are able to do what we do! We thank you for your patronage at our programs, and for your kind words and referrals!
Blessings to you and yours at Thanksgiving and throughout the coming year!
From Frank & Lana Hawley and the entire crew!
Here at Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School we’ve been helping build successful careers and making dreams come true for a number of years! Whether you have attended our Dragster Adventure program or one of our competition license classes, our grads are our best endorsement and we are thankful for you all! For those that are racing, please keep us updated with your news and we will share it on our social media.
For those out there considering attending the school, listed below are winter and spring dates at Gainesville Raceway, along with some of the travel dates that have been confirmed at Tucson Dragway, Auto Club Dragway, The Strip at Las Vegas, Route 66 Raceway, Royal Purple Raceway, Summit Motorsports Park, Woodburn Dragstrip, and Maple Grove Raceway.
There are only a few seats left in the ever popular Super Comp or Super Gas class between Christmas and New Years. Don’t delay if you may be thinking about attending this class!
Our 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. Whether you want to bring your own car to a class, arrange a group event, buy a gift for someone, or even treat a potential sponsor to a taste of drag racing, give them a call. 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! **Additional dates for Group Events, TD/NFC are on demand
Gainesville Raceway: December 27-28, 2017 SC/SG/BYOC, January 13 Adventure (private group), January 16-17 SC/SG/BYOC, January 18 NFC, January 22 TD or NFC, February 6-7 SC/SG/BYOC, February 20-21 SC/SG/BYOC, March 20-21 SC/SG/BYOC, March 23 Dragster Adventure, March 27-28 TD or NFC. Summer, fall & winter dates for Gainesville will be coming soon!
Tucson Dragway: April 12-13 SC/SG/BYOC, April 15 Dragster Adventure
Auto Club Dragway: April 18-19 SC/SG/BYOC, April 20 Dragster Adventure, April 26 Dragster Adventure (private group), April 27 Dragster Adventure, October 17-18 SC/SG/BYOC, October 19 Dragster Adventure
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway: April 30-May 1 SC/SG/BYOC or May 2-3 SC/SG/BYOC, October 9-10 SC/SG/BYOC or October 11-12 SC/SG/BYOC
Route 66 Raceway: May 17-18 SC/SG/BYOC, May 19 Dragster Adventure
Royal Purple Raceway: May 23-24 SC/SG/BYOC, May 25 Dragster Adventure
Heartland Park: June 20-21 SC/SG/BYOC, June 22 Dragster Adventure
Woodburn Dragstrip: June 28-29 SC/SG/BYOC, June 30 Dragster Adventure, July 1 Dragster Adventure
Summit Motorsports Park: July 16-17 SC/SG/BYOC, July 18 Dragster Adventure (private group), July 19 Dragster Adventure
Maple Grove Raceway: August 14-15 SC/SG/BYOC, August 16 Dragster Adventure, August 17 Dragster Adventure
Paul Shields, 866-480-7223 x102, 904-472-6312 c, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Arend, 866-480-7223 x103, 909-973-8279 c, email@example.com
Right now we’re offering a 10% discount on the November 7-8 class for the Super Comp Dragster or Super Gas Door Car! If you’re considering attending class this fall, don’t wait!
You can earn your NHRA competition license, improve your skills and mental approach to driving. Frankly you’ll learn so much more than you imagined. Novice and experienced racers benefit from this program. This program is perfect for drivers transitioning up from Jr. Dragsters, as well as a great foundation for people going on to race in the faster classes!
Don’t wait, give us a call NOW at 866-480-7223! Seats are limited and pre-registration is required.
Paul Shields, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-480-7223 x102, 904-472-6312 cell
Jeff Arend, email@example.com, 866-480-7223 x103, 909-973-8279 cell
As the Official Fuel of the NHRA, Sunoco Racing Fuels provide the juice to make the fastest racers on Earth collect win lights. As a partner of Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School, Sunoco gives new racers the opportunity to feel the power of the most utilized fuel in American motorsports. The Pennsylvania based company has a 40-year track record of innovation and winning performances, and distributes gasoline to more than 500 race tracks and 50 racing series in the United States.
Rick Williams, the operations manager and managing partner of Southern Racing Fuels, handles Sunoco’s racing accounts for all of Florida and the Caribbean and has been a distributor of the brand for nearly 30 years said, “The School provides a great opportunity for us to promote our racing fuels to both new and experienced drivers across the country.”
“Sunoco Racing Fuels provide our customers with power and consistency at our School. We enjoy the relationship with Sunoco and Rick Williams at Southern Racing Fuels. They are great to work with.” said Hawley.
Many of America’s top motorsports and automotive brands partner with Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School. For Sunoco, the School’s ability to promote them, through its events and press releases, has been a strong selling point throughout the relationship.
“The School does an excellent job of promoting our product and our brand,” Williams said. “With the support that we get and the press releases Frank and Lana do, they are on top of it. Through their marketing people, we get their releases, we see the information going out and it’s shared with Sunoco corporate in Pennsylvania and they love it.”
We plan to get some of the Sunoco executives to come and spend a day and strap them into one of those hot rods and send them down the strip. I know they’d love it!” said Williams.
For information on all the programs, class dates & locations at Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School, please visit our website at www.frankhawley.com! You can also call us at 866-480-7223! Our 2018 class dates are coming in slowly, so check back often.
Justin Ashley’s incredible rookie season just keeps getting better and better. At last weekend’s Lucas Oil Nationals in Brainerd Minnesota, Justin defeated number 1 qualifier Gord Gringles in the final round with a low ET of the event 5.237. For those keeping score, Justin has won 2 of the 3 finals that he has been in this year. “It’s been a dream season so far and I know that I am very blessed. Even though I had gotten licensed last year, I went back to Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School for some more instruction earlier this year. I spent 2 days driving Frank’s Top Dragster and I can’t tell you how much it helped me. I actually ended up winning my first National Event at the Gatornationals a couple of weeks later! There are a lot of distractions at the races but Frank has taught me how to block them out and be better focused and mentally prepared, and that’s a big part of our success.” said Justin Ashley.
Justin’s father Mike Ashley had this to say. “I was a very successful driver for many years and I didn’t even trust myself to teach Justin. I am a father and love my son and only wanted what was best for him. Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School was the only choice in my opinion. Some people may not know this but Justin had never driven a race car before he went to Frank’s school. I have always said that success comes when preparation meets opportunity. We have a great team with Randy Meyer but I am 100% sure that without Frank’s impact on Justin’s mental and physical state, these victories wouldn’t have been possible!
“Having worked with Justin’s dad Mike for several years, I was very happy to work with Justin when Mike called. In fact Mike was responsible for my opportunity to get back in the seat of a Nitro Funny Car a few years ago. Justin’s a very bright and highly motivated person, a lot like his dad. I think we’ll be hearing more from the Ashley family in the future.” said Frank Hawley.
Justin Ashley’s next race will be at the famed US Nationals Aug 30-September 4th.
Frank Hawley and staff have been helping drivers for many years. Contact us at 866-480-7223 to help you whether you’re just getting started or if you’ve been racing for awhile.
Jeff Arend, 866-480-7223 x103, firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Shields, 866-480-7223 x102, email@example.com
Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School and Mickey Thompson Tires have been creating memories together for many years and their event on July 19th at the famed Summit Motorsports Park was no different.
Under beautiful skies, Mickey Thompson pitted some of their best employees and customers against each other in a 10 second, 130 mph battle to the finish line.
Kirk Fenn, MT National Accounts and Business Development, had this to say about the event, “Our employees and customers were jumping out of the cars with grins of excitement, especially our VP of Sales, Perry Lease”.
At the end of the day there was only one person left standing and that was Mark Klacik from Cyclone Auto. “Participating in the Dragster Challenge is as exhilarating as when I scuba dive with sharks!” “If you listen to Frank closely and follow what he says, you too could win.”
“We have been relying on the high quality and consistent performance of Mickey Thompson Drag slicks for all our race cars for many years now”. “As the biggest drag racing school in the country we travel to a lot of different locations and we see all types of track surfaces and temperatures.” “We know we can rely on Mickey Thompson slicks to give us the traction, durability and safety for all our students”, says Frank Hawley.
Contact us about a fun day for your group! The Dragster Adventure Challenge is AWESOME for groups – team building, employee reward, customer promotion, sponsor day, etc. Call Jeff Arend x103 or Paul Shields x102 at 866-480-7223 to discuss providing a most memorable day for your group! Read about all the programs on our website and see what class dates are coming up! Private group events are scheduled on demand, as are the 200 mph class dates in the Funny Car or Dragster.
World famous financial magazine Forbes, recently sent writer Jim Clash to Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School. Jim attended the competition license class at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. “It’s always a fabulous opportunity when our sport gets featured in the general media. And to have drag racing featured in a world class publication such as Forbes Magazine, was quite an honor,” Frank Hawley.
Click on the following link to read the story:
There are lots of class dates and locations coming up at Gainesville Raceway, Maple Grove Raceway, Heartland Park, The Strip at Las Vegas, and Auto Club Dragway!
Call us at 866-480-7223 to help you get started in drag racing, improve your skills, move up to the 200 mph cars, check an item off your bucket list, or arrange a fun day for you, your company or group!
Paul Shields, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-480-7223 x102, 904-472-6312 cell
Jeff Arend, email@example.com, 866-480-7223 x103, 909-973-8279 cell
If you have thought about purchasing a Chevrolet Performance LSX454R Engine, don’t delay. Chevy is now offering an additional $1,000.00 rebate off their pricing for our grads. Purchase a LSX454R Engine before December 31, 2017 to receive the $1,000.00 rebate. You can combine this with the $1,000.00 rebate already offered by Chevrolet Performance, making it a total of $2,000.00 off! Contact us directly for the rebate from the School.
Call us at 866-480-7223 for information on any of the programs offered at the School. Jeff Arend is at x103, firstname.lastname@example.org and Paul Shields is at x102, email@example.com
By Abby Werner: Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School continues to be the best as they train two future NHRA competitors. Austin Prock and Jordan Vandergriff are currently going through a multi-year program with Frank Hawley’s and are excited about what their future in drag racing will bring.
Austin Prock is the 21 year old grandson of Tom Prock, a former NHRA Funny Car driver, and the son of Jimmy Prock, a crew chief for John Force Racing. Jimmy Prock led John Force to his 16th championship in 2013 and is currently the crew chief for Robert Hight’s Auto Club of California Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car. Austin has experience racing Sprint Cars and Midgets, and works on the JFR cars as well. He is part of John Force Racing’s driver development program.
“I’ve already been through Frank’s S/C program. Up next I’m gonna test in the School’s Alcohol Funny Car. We’re hoping to make some runs soon. We’re going to do several laps in that. And then once I get my license, I hope to start testing in a Nitro Funny Car,” explained Prock.
Jordan Vandergriff is the 22 year old grandson of Bob Vandergriff, the owner of Hedman Hedders, and the nephew of Bob Vandergriff Jr., a Top Fuel driver who has raced in the NHRA for over 20 years.
“It’s pretty exciting knowing guys like me and Austin Prock are the future of the NHRA. It’s amazing- I grew up going to the races, watching my uncle. I never thought that I would be the guy to be up next, and now that it’s happening, it’s surreal. Next up is the alcohol program. I am very excited. Hopefully I can win and carry on the family name,” said Vandergriff.
Both Prock and Vandergriff have already attended Hawley’s S/C and S/G program and agree that Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School is the best, and what they have already learned from Frank Hawley will be invaluable in their racing careers. Since Frank Hawley has trained many of the top competitors in the NHRA, they are each optimistic that the racing education they receive at Hawley’s will propel them to the top of the NHRA leaderboard.
“What I liked best about Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School was how Frank was one-on-one with each driver and after you made a lap he would take you back into the classroom and break down the run for you. Frank knew what mistakes you were gonna make before you even made them. It was cool how knowledgeable he was about the human body and your reaction times and your composure as a driver,” said Prock.
Prock and Vandergriff came to Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School to train from the best of the best. But the individual faith and support they have each received from Frank Hawley himself is another huge aspect of why they both loved the experience so much.
“Both of these young men come from strong racing families and are excellent examples of the future champions we train here at Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School. I’m excited to see what they will accomplish in their racing careers, and I look forward to working with them on their journey,” expressed Frank Hawley.
Thank you to The Speed Journal for this great piece on the Dragster Adventure Challenge program! Click on the link below for the video and article – enjoy!
We have lots of dates and locations on our calendar! Programs coming up at Route 66 Raceway, Woodburn Dragstrip, Gainesville Raceway (year round) Summit Motorsports Park, Maple Grove Raceway, Heartland Park, Tri-State Raceway, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Auto Club Dragway, and of course our 200 mph class dates are on demand at our home base in Gainesville, FL.
The Dragster Adventure program is great for you, your friends, your employees or your customers!
If you’re interested in higher speeds, advanced training and a racing license, check out our 2-day competition license program. This has been the start for so many people in ALL categories of drag racing!
Contact us for info on any of our classes! Seats are limited and advance registration is required.
Paul Shields, firstname.lastname@example.org, 904-472-6312 cell
Jeff Arend, email@example.com, 909-973-8279 cell