San Antonio: Allan Middendorf preview

IHRA Rookie Nitro Funny Car Driver Allan Middendorf To Make Professional Drag Racing Debut At San Antonio Raceway - Amalie Motor Oil Nationals Living The Dream San Antonio, TX -- March 31, 2008 - IHRA Rookie Nitro Funny Car Driver Allan ...

IHRA Rookie Nitro Funny Car Driver Allan Middendorf To Make Professional Drag Racing Debut At San Antonio Raceway - Amalie Motor Oil Nationals

Living The Dream

San Antonio, TX -- March 31, 2008 - IHRA Rookie Nitro Funny Car Driver Allan Middendorf will make his professional drag racing debut during the Amalie Motor Oil Nationals, April 4th -- 6th at the San Antonio Raceway.

Middendorf will race his 8,000 horsepower, fire breathing Chevy Nitro Fuel Funny Car to compete in the qualifying rounds on Friday, April 4th and Saturday, April 5th, and with great hopes, compete in the elimination rounds on Sunday, April 6th.

"I feel great about going into my first IHRA professional drag race," said Middendorf. "The first IHRA race I attended (as a spectator) was in San Antonio in 2003, which is why I am so excited to make my professional debut here. The people in San Antonio were awesome fans and I'm amped that I can be a part of the races here. It was a just a dream a few years ago when I realized that I wanted to do this. Now here we are, and I am revved up and ready to go."

A former Motocross champ, racing is not new to Allan Middendorf. In his decade long career, he earned 26 wins and three championships. Allan will use that same drive and determination, that helped him excel in Motocross, in the competitive world of Funny Cars. Allan says he and his team are up for the challenge and are eager to participate in this exciting competition.

Middendorf has diligently pursued his dream to become a Nitro Funny Car driver over the last five years. "After going to my first drag race at my local track, I stumbled upon the IHRA and booked a flight to the first race, which was in San Antonio. As I walked to through the gates, I thought, 'Here I am-WOW this is cool!' After that day, I made the commitment to work my tail off seven days a week and to save every dime I made to invest in my racing dream."

In the pits, Allan found support for his pursuit. "I used to fly to the races, walk up to the pits and ask what I could do to learn the ropes. Some people turned me away while others took me up on the offer. They would let me stay with them for the weekend where I would earn my keep by washing parts or cleaning the body. The teams would reward me with the awesome privilege to be on the starting line with the team. I would sit in the car, check out all the controls, and ask tons of questions to learn about driving a Funny Car. I've paid for all my own drag racing schools, licenses, fire suits, marketing, etc. It's been a five year commitment but it has started to pay as I'm living the dream..."

Now, Allan is about to ignite his dream!!!!

-credit: amr

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