Elliott - Sipple Top Fuel Dragster presents a united Canadian - US Team Cayuga, ON - The recent uniting of Canada's Bob Elliott with Sipple Motorsports of Kentucky to campaign a Top Fuel Dragster for 2005 is a true international effort in the ...
Elliott - Sipple Top Fuel Dragster presents a united Canadian - US Team
Cayuga, ON - The recent uniting of Canada's Bob Elliott with Sipple Motorsports of Kentucky to campaign a Top Fuel Dragster for 2005 is a true international effort in the world of professional drag racing.
Elliott, who lives in Wingham, Ontario, and well known for his illustrious career behind the wheel of the Northern Force Funny Cars, will be driving the Top Fuel Dragster of the popular Sipple Family of Berea, Kentucky.
John "Doc" Sipple has been involved in drag racing since 1958, progressing through the classes to reach the ultimate in acceleration, Top Fuel. In 2004, Sipple decided to step away from the driving duties. A mainstay of Funny Car racing in all its forms, including Alcohol-powered, Nitro-powered, and Jet-powered Funny Cars, Elliott has made his mark in Canada and the United States as a strong competitor.
The Team, which will campaign under the Northern Force banner, is currently seeking primary and associate sponsorship. This would complete the equation and allow the Team to compete at the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) major events, including three Canadian venues. Powered by a TFX Hemi crafted aluminum alloy engine, this Top Fuel Dragster has a wheelbase of 296 inches and weighs 2175 pounds. This car consumes 14 gallons of highly-volatile nitro methane fuel for each quarter-mile pass with speeds of over 300 mph in less than five seconds.
Elliott is not the only Canadian in this teaming. Two members of the Sipple crew are fellow Canadians. John Ford is from Bolton, Ontario, and Larry Panzini is from Sarnia, Ontario. Other crew members include Brad Jones and Kevin Jones, both of Kentucky, Bryce Kenny of North Carolina, and Donnie Wasson, also from Kentucky. The Sipple family, with Doc's son Mike as crew chief, will maintain the car.
Top Fuel racing is the epitome of this exciting and colorful sport. The cars, powered with nitromethane fuel, produce in excess of 6000 horsepower, and are the fastest-accelerating vehicles in the world. From a standing start a Top Fuel Dragster will complete the quarter-mile in less than five seconds with speeds of over 300 mph.