Pomona, Calif. – He’s staring down the 24th and final race of the NHRA season. For Terry McMillen, driver and team owner of the AMALIEⓇ Motor Oil Top Fuel Dragster, it’s been one of the hardest seasons of his career.
“We started the season behind the eight ball and never seemed to get where we wanted to be,” McMillen said. “We made a lot of changes and improved in a lot of areas, it’s just still not where we want or need to be to compete for the Countdown or win races.”
McMillen’s team made improvements during the 2015 campaign in qualifying position, qualifying times and doubled the number of round wins over the previous season, but he knows it’s going to take more.
“No one is sitting around waiting for us to catch up to them,” McMillen added. “Everyone is constantly improving, constantly getting better and faster. We have to be able to not only match what they are doing but do even better to be able to catch up. That’s why this race is so important to us. We need to do well here to kick start our offseason. Get the momentum we need so that we can hit the ground running for the 2016 season.”
The first plan that McMillen’s team has is to relocate the team to Brownsburg, Indiana to be closer to the epicenter of the drag racing community.
“We’ve already started moving into our new facility in Brownsburg,” McMillen said. “We’re going to leave here with some successful runs and send the car and haulers straight to Brownsburg. Our 2016 season starts now.”
McMillen will be making an appearance at an NHRA Fanfest on Thursday November 12th and the Lordsburg Taphouse and Grill located at 2335 D Street, La Verne from 7PM – 8PM.
McMillen’s team will also be staying at the Double Tree by Hilton located at 555 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, California. Fans are invited to stay where McMillen stays.