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150xNxBAW_14.png.pagespeed.ic.BGIy8OKyDIFrank Hawley’s Drag Racing School is proud to be part of National Dragster’s unique Be A Winner, Be A Member program which rewards NHRA racers who win a regular-season bracket race at an NHRA Member track with prizes from lots of sponsors!  At the end of the year, one lucky racer will be awarded the grand prize, a two-day Super class at Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School!

By submitting proof of victory and NHRA membership and an address, a racer becomes eligible for that month’s drawing and the grand prize later in the season.   Oh, did we mention that the GRAND PRIZE is a trip to Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School two-day Super Comp or Super Gas Course and $500 spending money!

More information about the Be a Winner program can be found here at the NHRA website.  Racers with questions regarding entries and the program can email or call 626-250-2331.



Marc Caruso knows drag racing.PDRA Rock3

His father began racing at the age of 15 in upstate New York and Marc followed in those footsteps years later in his 1996 IROC Z. After racing his street car, he earned his Super Gas license at the age of 17 in his dad’s ’67 Camaro, which led to the purchase of a 1970 Chevelle. He raced 10.90 in IHRA events and won his first national event in 2000 at Norwalk. Following years of racing, national event victories, Marc said attending the Frank Hawley Drag Racing School upped his game even further.

“(It was) very educational,” he said. “I’ve been drag racing for almost 30 years and after sitting in on Frank’s classes, I found myself in two back-to-back NHRA Top Sportsman National event finals.  I truly believe by implementing some of the psychological teachings from Frank is what helped me find my way to both of those finals.”

Marc believed in what Frank Hawley taught so much, he enrolled both of his daughters, Camrie Caruso and Ava Lawler, in the school as well.  “As a racer, I feel in control when I’m operating the race car,” Marc said. “But, when I’m watching my daughters, the hardest part for me is standing on the starting line and feeling completely not in control. It can be pretty nerve racking.”

Watching Frank work with the girls, however, gave Marc a sense of security that they were in good hands. “I truly feel that Frank gave both Camrie and Ava the best know-how to compete competitively and most importantly, safely.”

camrie8Camrie has competed in Super Comp and Top Dragster at Division 1 and Division 3 races and is waiting for the day she can join her father at the national events. When she found out she was going to attend the Frank Hawley Drag Racing School, she knew her racing future just got brighter.

“My experience with the school was amazing!” she said. “I was so excited to be a part of such a successful drag racing school! As soon as my dad told me I was going, I had a countdown on my phone just waiting till the day.”

One of Camrie’s favorite aspects of the school is the post-run analysis done in the classroom. Making the run and feeling the car react is one thing, but to watch the lap on video afterwards with Frank providing expert commentary on what went right/wrong is invaluable for students.

“During one of my passes,” Camrie said, “I didn’t go as straight as I could have. I remember my dad telling me after the school that Frank said ‘Don’t tell her what she did wrong,’ and my dad was confused because he said his stomach dropped and he wanted to correct me right away. He came back and asked how I thought it went and I knew what I did wrong and that was important.

“I really enjoyed how the school made you feel comfortable and really focused on teaching the right ways to drive and stay safe. I would go back to the school for sure!”

For Ava, her racing career started when she became a part of the Caruso family. Marc and his father, Joe, embraced Ava withinPDRA Rock their racing program and she said it had a profound effect upon her.

“Being a part of the Caruso family not only affected my racing career, but it has also affected my life,” Ava said. “If it was not for Joe Caruso and Marc Caruso, I would not be who I am today.  I am thankful for the support they give and the belief they have in me as a racer.

“Drag racing also brought Camrie and I together. We are now inseparable and I am happy to call her my sister and best friend.”

Attending the school not only improved her racing ability, it improved her outlook on life. “Frank Hawley’s school influenced the way I drive a race  car,” she said, “but it also influenced the way I look at life. Frank taught me how watching my mistakes would make me want to try even harder to focus and fix the problem.  The advice he gave and the sharing of life lessons helped me understand what needed to be accomplished for my next run.

“Frank Hawley’s driving school was not just about getting a new license; it was also about future confidence and learning from my mistakes.”

UPDATE!  At her first race of the 2016 season Ava won the 2016 “Bracket Bash Championship” at the PDRA Spring Nationals in Rockingham, NC!

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IMG_6145.1Check out all the great locations we’re holding both our 2-day Super Comp/Super Gas competition license class, as well as the Dragster Adventure in the next couple months!!  In addition to our regular stops at Royal Purple Raceway in Houston (May 18-20) and Bandimere Speedway in Denver (June 1-3), this will be the first time we’ve ventured to Woodburn Dragstrip in the Pacific Northwest (June 8-10), as well as Route 66 Raceway near Chicago (June 30-July 2)!

We’ll be holding our Alcohol Funny Car and Top Dragster classes in between our photo 1.1travels at our home base of Gainesville Raceway also.

So, if you want to earn your competition license, improve your skills, crossgrade or upgrade your current license, entertain friends or employees – give us a call!

IMG_5329Pre-registration is required in all programs and space is limited, so contact Paul Shields, or Jeff Arend, at 866-480-7223 for complete information on all our classes or to sign up!

Visit our website for lots more class dates and locations too!



photo 6.1There are still a few seats left in our popular 2-day Super Comp and Super Gas license course on April 13 & 14.  This 2-day course includes classroom, in-car and on-track instruction.  Drivers will make progressively faster runs down the strip, enjoy video review of all runs and learn from Frank Hawley’s lectures on improving personal performance.  Those new to drag racing will learn basic techniques and procedures.  Experienced racers will master the mental challenges that separate winners from losers.  Contact us for more information or to register for this course.

The Dragster Adventure and Dragster Adventure Challenge will be offered April 21st and April 22nd.  This course is for drivers that want to “drive a dragster” and compete in “side-by-Side” racing without committing the time and resources required to become a licensed race car driver in photo 1.1one of our licensing courses.  This is a great program for you and your friends, your customers or your employees and Adventure grads tell us this is the most memorable day of their year!  Click here to book this course on-line!

So whether you want to earn your license, improve your skills, check something off your “Bucket List”, or try the Dragster Adventure with Side-by-Side Racing, we hope you’ll join us for an experience you’ll remember forever!

Oh, and in case you can’t make it in April, we’ll be back in October for the SC/SG license class and the Dragster Adventure!  Please visit for other class dates and locations!

Remember, pre-registration is required for all programs, so call Paul or Jeff at 866-480-7223 for info or to sign up!


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Jeff Arend,, 866-480-7223 x103

IMG_5399Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School is making it’s second stop at the new Tucson Dragway on April 6-8 2016!

“We added Tucson to our schedule last fall as soon as we heard that Champion sportsman racer Jim Hughes was taking over the facility,” said school owner Frank Hawley.  “Jim promised us a first class racing surface, great service and hospitality at his raceway… and he and his team delivered!  The weather was great, the traction superb and our classes were sold out!  We can’t wait to return this spring.”

“I had not seen Frank’s school in action before,” said Jim Hughes, the new owner of Tucson Dragway.  “Their operaIMG_6992.1tion was flawless.  Frank and his team are as good as it gets.  I actually sat in on Frank’s lectures on Human Performance and I was blown away.  After 30 years of racing and many National event wins I still learned a lot.  I think anyone, no matter how much experience they have could benefit from Frank’s lectures,” added Hughes.

The school will be offering both the Super Comp and Super Gas Licensing courses as well as their amazingly popular Dragster Adventure Program.  The Dragster Adventure Program offers drivers a chance to get behind the wheel of a dragster for as little as $399 and also give folks a chance to do some ‘side-by-side racing!

IMG_5416.1If this sounds exciting, take a look at the school’s programs at or call Paul or Jeff at 866-480-7223 for additional information.

Remember, space is limited and pre-registration is required for all programs.

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Paul Shields, 866-480-7223 x102,


IMG_5637.cropWith over a dozen locations on the schedule we hope almost everyone in the country has a chance to be a part of one of our programs.  “We’ve added new locations like Route 66 Raceway in Chicago, Illinois and  Woodburn Dragstrip in Woodburn, Oregon in addition to all of our regular stops,” said Hawley.  “The next several weeks we’ll be running classes at our home track in Gainesville, Florida and then our crew will be heading west with stops in Tucson and Fontana. We’ll be almost everywhere!”

So if your goal is to join the list of successful Hawley grads in one of the school’s world class Licensing Programs or just have a blast racing against your friends in one of the school’s Dragster Adventure Programs, 2016 will be your best opportunity ever!

Go to or call 866-480-7223 for your ticket to excitement!

Click here for our calendar of dates & locations.  Remember, pre-registration is required at all of our classes.

Here’s a taste of the Dragster Adventure:

Contact Paul or Jeff  with your questions or to book your class!

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Jeff Arend,, x103


School Christmas Drawing by Brando-webWe are very grateful for all the friendships and relationships we have made in the past and we look forward to making many more!  Thank you for your support and patronage!  We wish you a Blessed Christmas and a Wonderful New Year!

Merry Christmas 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.


Please check our website for a class near you!



Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School is joining up with the Real Pro Mod Association to offer race fans a unique opportunity!  The school will be conducting an Adventure Dragster Race during the RPM Association pre-season warm-up on February 26-27, 2016 at Palm Beach International Raceway in West Palm Beach, FL

Gainesville vs DannyThe RPM Association is the nation’s leading Pro Mod group featuring champion drivers like World Champ Troy Coughlin, Danny Rowe, Steve Matusek, Rickie Smith, and many more.

The Real Pro Mod cars and drivers produce some of the most exciting racing action in drag racing as they compete on the NHRA Mello Yellow series across the country.

In February the group will be featured at Palm Beach International Raceway during the spring warm-up on February 26-28, photo 1.12016.  The Pro Mods will be joined by Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School, which will be offering one of their Dragster Adventures during the event.

“This is something we’ve never done before” said school founder Frank Hawley.  “We’ll be giving folks a chance to compete in one of our Dragster Adventures while the RPM race is taking place.  Our students will be part of the action!  This will be a 2-day event for our students.  Our drivers will make their practice runs on February 26th and run their eliminations on February 27th.  After their practice runs, our drivers will be able to watch the pro mods qualifying, walk the pits and meet the Pro Mod drivers!  Getting to race in our Dragster Adventure and being a part of the Pro Mod event is an amazing opportunity!” said Hawley.

Those interested should go to the school’s website at and read about the Dragster Adventure Challenge, then contact us or you can just buy on-line (click on the following link to purchase the West Palm program – February 26-27 Dragster Adventure Challenge

“This is a great gift idea for anyone attending the event, and no racing experience is necessary.” said Hawley.


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What a greaIMG_4638.2t year!  I just got back from the Auto Club Finals in Pomona and it was a fabulous race.  Our former graduates did well.

This year Erica Enders won her second NHRA Pro Stock World Championship! We first saw Erica in our S/C course several years ago.  She then went on to get her Top Alcohol Funny Car license with us and just this fall Erica and I spent some time together helping Jay Le12189600_10153344793828337_7057307302270625473_n.1no learn to drive a Super Comp dragster for the premiere episode on his new show “Jay Leno’s Garage” which is featured on CNBC.  If you missed it, you can still watch it on demand.

Antron Brown won his second Top Fuel NHRA World Championship as well.  Antron came to us to get his Top Alcohol Dragster license after a great career in Pro Stock motorcycle.  He is a great guy and loved by everyone who knows him.  His co-crew chiefs Brian Corradi and Mark Osw12140841_990620271004951_9011649153631464652_nald gave him a fabulous race car this season and Antron took advantage of it by clinching the Championship in Vegas before the final race.

And my good friend and Drag School instructor, Jack Beckman came “oh so close” to a second NHRA World Funny Car Championship when he went down to the final few rounds in a battle with eventual NHRA champ Del Worsham for the title.  In my mind, second place is pretty good in a field like they had this year.

In fact 6 of the top 10 finishers in both Top Fuel and Nitro Funny Car got their start at our school…pretty impressive!

There were also many other great performances from our grads in 2015-Haley-James-Coyote-Modified5.  Dina Parise won the IHRA Pro Mod World Championship!  Haley James was the youngest and first female to win the NMRA Coyote Modified Championship!  Jordan Pratt followed up his Division 5 Rookie of the Year by winning the NHRA Division 5 Super Comp Championship, along with the Midwest Drag Racers Association Points Championship!  Emma Deuschle won her first race at the Fontana PSCA race this fall in her ’63 Corvette Split Window Top Sportsman class, and her brother Ricky also won in his ’02 Camaro Top Sportsman class, with sister Ashley taking runner-up in Top Sportsman.

yTi9wg-6pNf8ma_JbPz52gneCvB9v3CZpX3fTmZ2qEk,-Y8zuVWZFdaH-8r7jn974tp7NdWI0_8OBvaqNfGgMlgAfter all these years I’m still amazed at the success of our students whether it’s victory on the world stage or victory at their local track.  We have truly been blessed to have met so many wonderful people and we thank them so much for their kind words and endorsements of our programs.
If there is any way in which we can help you fulfill your dreams… please give us a call.  In addition to the 2016 class dates we have already secured in Gainesville, Fontana and Norwalk, we will be adding dates very soon for Chicago, Indy, Denver, Maple Grove, and St. Louis.  Please12119169_778020595658214_1087147757291494877_n check our website for updates.


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