Frank 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 PRIZEis 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 email@example.com or call 626-250-2331.
Marc Caruso knows drag racing.
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.”
Camrie 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 within 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!
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!
Pre-registration is required in all programs and space is limited, so contact Paul Shields, firstname.lastname@example.org or Jeff Arend, email@example.com 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!
There 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 one 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 www.frankhawley.com 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!
Frank 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 operation 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!
If this sounds exciting, take a look at the school’s programs at frankhawley.com or call Paul or Jeff at 866-480-7223 for additional information.
Remember, space is limited and pre-registration is required for all programs.
Jeff Arend, 866-480-7223 x103, firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Shields, 866-480-7223 x102, email@example.com
With 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!
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!
Paul Shields, firstname.lastname@example.org, x102
Jeff Arend, email@example.com, x103
What a great 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 Leno 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 Oswald 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. 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.
After 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. Please check our website for updates.
School grads Dave Shotsberger and Mike Egan raced two of the Hawley School S/C dragsters at the NHRA Southeast Division race in Bristol, TN last weekend. Egan did well, advancing to the second round while Shotsberger was number 1 qualifier with a perfect 8.900 run! Dave then went 5 rounds to reach the semi-finals, where he lost in a very close double break out run by .002 seconds!
“Everyone knows about our school and the thousands of grads we’ve had over the years, however not everyone knows that we also ‘lease our race cars’ to our graduates. Although many drivers end up purchasing race cars after attending our
school some want to try racing without making the long term commitment. For these folks leasing one of our cars is a great alternative,” said school owner Frank Hawley. “Dave and Mike have raced with us before and we had a lot of confidence they would do well going into this big race.”
“Frank’s staff and equipment are the best,” said Shotsberger. “Each time I’ve raced with them I’ve had a great time. The cars were near perfect and Jimmy and Derek gave me the confidence and the race car to go all those rounds. Even though we lost in the semi-final round it was one of my best runs ever by the numbers and a very close loss. Certainly a run to be happy with.” Mike and I have raced together many times and become good friends. We’re planning on racing again next year.”
“I’ve been racing one of Frank’s cars for the past few years and always had a wonderful time,” said Egan. “As a retired pilot I appreciate the attention to detail that the crew gives to the preparation and operation of the race cars. The cars always run great and the tuning is spot on. The Bristol race was a tremendous amount of fun. I can’t wait for next season.”
The cars that Shotsberger and Egan raced in Bristol are the same cars that students get to learn to drive at the school! Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School can give anyone the chance to go from a complete beginner to the winners circle!
For more info on any of our classes visit our website at www.frankhawley.com or contact us at 866-480-7223!
Summit Racing Equipment and Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School have been working together for over a decade. Having just come off a week of classes at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, OH it seemed like the perfect time for a thank you to our long-time partner!
This year the Summit logo has been worn by thousands of our students including stars like Jay Leno and Rutledge Wood.
Summit Racing Equipment is the world’s largest mail order automotive performance equipment company, with thousands of performance parts, aftermarket accessories, tools and garage equipment, collectibles, and stock replacement parts to choose from.
So, if you’re ever by one of the Summit retail stores, stop in. They host car shows, cruise-ins, have tent sales and more! Retail outlets are located in Tallmadge, OH, Sparks, NV and McDonough, GA.
Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School is coming to Summit Motorsports Park July 20-24! “There are different reasons drivers attend our courses,” said school founder Frank Hawley. “Some are looking to get a competition license while others just want to drive a fast dragster and check another item off their bucket list. Every class has a combination of experienced racers and folks that have never been down a drag strip. The two-day SC/SG license course is designed to work for drivers with various levels of experience.”
“The staff, as well as the entire Summit Motorsports park facility, is one of the best you’ll find anywhere in the country,” said Hawley. “The Bader’s make us, and our students, feel very welcome and give us a superb surface in which to conduct our courses.”
The two-day Licensing program on July 20-21 allows drivers of all backgrounds the opportunity to earn their NHRA competition driver’s license in the school’s Chevy Performance 572/720R equipped Super Comp Dragsters or Super Gas Firebirds. For drivers that already have their own car, the school offers a “bring your own car” program that gives drivers the opportunity to enjoy the same driving course behind the wheel of their own race car. No experience is necessary to take the course.
In addition to on-track time, students will learn from Frank’s classroom sessions which cover the physiology of how the 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 and feel more confident about pulling up to the starting line and he shares techniques on how to remove the emotional baggage (everybody has some) that can often disrupt good performance .
For those that are simply looking for the thrill of blasting down the quarter mile, the Dragster Adventure is offered on July 23 or July 24. The Dragster Adventure starts at just $399 for the half day program, or $599 for the whole day program with SIDE-BY-SIDE racing.
Seats are limited, so call now to reserve your seat for July 20-21 for the competition course, or book on-line for the Dragster Adventure on either July 23 or July 24!
For information on all classes, dates and locations for Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School, visit the school’s website – www.frankhawley.com or call 866-480-7223.
Here’s what some of our recent grads had to say:
“This was by far the BEST WEDNESDAY OF MY LIFE! Thanks to the outstanding program offered by the Hawley group. They are the best. I will be back! I thank everyone involved, Frank, Lana, Jeff and all the rest. My bucket list has 1 less thing to do!” Kevin Crawford, Dragster Adventure Challenge Winner
“I’m still processing my two days at drag racing school. I learned as much about myself as I did about racing, which is what I was looking for. Instead of lecturing about cars and driving, Frank teaches the bio-mechanics necessary to perform a precise task under pressure, and the state of mind needed to do well. Drag racing requires a keen self-awareness and presence in the moment.” Joseph Brown, Super Gas Firebird
“I attended your super comp class on December 2 & 3 in Gainesville and 7 weeks later I have a Top Fuel Dragster license and I couldn’t have done this without the things you teach your students. Thank You!” Shawn Reed, Super Comp Dragster now Top Fuel driver!
“I learned much more than I expected to and had fun doing it. Frank is a terrific teacher! And I’ve had lots of teachers over the years (undergraduate school, medical school and 6 years of surgical residency). The teaching format worked well for novices and experienced racers. The cars worked flawlessly and were equal in elapsed time. I was surprisingly comfortable despite my sizable frame. My diminutive wife was comfortable too. The adjustability of the cars make them the right size for any driver. Derek and Jimmy were a tremendous help before and after each pass. I look forward to returning for the super comp/super gas program. I’ll be bringing my friend Wayne down with me so he can work on his lights too.”Dr. Ron Franzino, Dragster Adventure winner
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