Beard Signs With Powers Motorsports HOUSTON, TX 7/12/05 Top Fuel team owner David Powers today announced the signing of noted tuner Lee Beard as the crew chief for his "Hot Rod" Fuller-driven, David Powers Homes/Valvoline dragster. "I am ...
Beard Signs With Powers Motorsports
HOUSTON, TX 7/12/05 Top Fuel team owner David Powers today announced the signing of noted tuner Lee Beard as the crew chief for his "Hot Rod" Fuller-driven, David Powers Homes/Valvoline dragster. "I am extremely pleased to have Lee on board with our team," Powers said from his office in Houston. "He has a wealth of experience and with our young team that's going to be a big plus."
Beard first came to national prominence in the early 1980s as a driver, but his forays behind the wheel were never to match the successes he's enjoyed as a tuner. When he began working with the late Gary Ormsby, leading him to the NHRA championship in 1989, his future as one of the sharpest minds in drag racing was confirmed. Ormsby and Beard would share the prestigious Persons of the Year Award as part of the Car Craft Magazine All-Star Drag Racing Team that same year, with Ormsby also winning Top Fuel Driver and Beard Top Fuel Crew Chief honors. Beard would win a second championship as the team manager for Larry Minor Motorsports when Cruz Pedregon won the Funny Car title in 1992.
In all Beard-tuned race cars have won 52 NHRA national event titles, including four impressive wins at the most prestigious event in drag racing, the NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis on Labor Day weekend. Thus far in 2005 Beard has scored twice, with Funny Car victories with driver Whit Bazemore at the Mac Tools Gatornationals and Summitracing.com Nationals in Las Vegas.
"It's been a while since I've been involved with a Top Fuel operation," Beard said, "but I'm looking forward to the challenge. David (Powers) has assembled a very good young team, and I'm impressed with the way 'Hot Rod' Fuller has performed behind the wheel in what's really his first full season in one of these cars.
"I believe this team has all of the dedication and hardware to get the job done, so my job is pretty simple, and that's to make sure that every time we go to the starting line we're capable of winning.
"Some people might consider the fact that we're running a limited schedule a 'problem,' but for us it's definitely the right way to go. We've got enough time between outings to make sure that everything we're doing is being done in the proper manner and believe me, I think we're capable of winning a race or two before the season ends in November."
"Hot Rod" Fuller is also enthusiastic about the arrival of Beard in the David Powers Motorsports camp. "I've kind dreamt about working with Lee since the first time I met him," says the former sportsman champion. "It was at a match race in Topeka in '89 or '90, and Lee was tuning for Gary Ormsby. I've never forgotten that meeting and how cordial he was to me, and I've watched how he's done since then. I can't wait for our next race because I think he's going to surprise a lot of people out there."
The next scheduled outing for the David Powers Motorsports entry will be the NHRA Fram Autolite Nationals in Sonoma, California on the last weekend of July.