WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.– It was less than two weeks ago that a brand new custom built McKinney dragster found its home at the Hoosier Thunder Motorsports race shop in Elkhart, Indiana, becoming the 2011 Amalie Oil/UNOH Top Fuel Dragster. McMillen’s goal was to have the car ready for its maiden voyage down the strip at Palm Beach International Raceway’s test session, the first weekend in February.
“This is the first brand new car I’ve ever had, and testing is important to me. I want to go into the season knowing what to expect from the car, and not guessing,” said McMillen.
On most teams crew members are also full time employees at the race shop so, having a car ready in two weeks would be a piece of cake. For Terry McMillen’s crew however, it wasn’t that easy. There are only three full time employees at McMillen’s race shop, and Crew Chief Richard Hartman is not one of them. So instead of having two weeks to get the Amalie Oil/UNOH Top Fuel dragster ready, the team only had one weekend in which Richard Hartman, five crew members and one UNOH intern joined the three full timers at the shop with one goal in mind – to complete the new car.