WILLIAMSTON, SC, January 28, 2004 -- John "Bodie" Smith, driver of the Prestone Products Top Fuel Dragster, earned the prestigious IHRA PRO Rookie of the Year title for his performance at four Hooters IHRA Drag Racing Series events in the 2003 season.
The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) awards the PRO Rookie of the Year to a professional driver that illustrates his or her skills behind the wheel during their first season of professional competition. Other contenders for the 2003 award were Top Fuel driver Tim Cullinan and Pro Modified driver Rick DiStefano. Past award recipients include Jeff Dobbins (Pro Stock), John Vouros (Alcohol Funny Car) and Clay Millican (Top Fuel).
"I am honored to receive the prestigious title of IHRA PRO Rookie of the Year," comments Smith. "It's ironic that my wife, Rhonda Hartman-Smith (fellow Top Fuel driver) earned the title in 1994 when I was co-crew chief on her car and now I acquired the titles as the driver nine years later."
Smith continues, "The Prestone team and I enjoyed participating in four Hooters IHRA race events in 2003. We earned two Top Fuel runner-up finishes at the Amalie Oil Texas Nationals and the ACDelco Nationals (both against Clay Millican). The support from Hooters, the IHRA motorsports sanctioning body and race fans made our experience a memorable one. The folks at FRAM Filters and Prestone Products support our dreams and allow us to race in both the IHRA and NHRA arenas."
Hartman Motorsports is a family-owned and operated professional two-car Top Fuel team competing on the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and International Hot Rod Association (NHRA) circuits. Rhonda Hartman-Smith, the "Quickest Female on Earth," drives the FRAM Filters Top Fuel Dragster and John "Bodie" Smith drives the Prestone Products-backed Top Fueler.