Cory Mac takes first shot at IHRA NORWALK, Ohio (August 20, 2004) -- Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing Berryman Top Fuel dragster, will compete at the Hooters IHRA Drag Racing Series Sunoco World Nationals presented by PPG ...
Cory Mac takes first shot at IHRA
NORWALK, Ohio (August 20, 2004) -- Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing Berryman Top Fuel dragster, will compete at the Hooters IHRA Drag Racing Series Sunoco World Nationals presented by PPG Automotive Refinish at Norwalk Raceway Park, Norwalk, Ohio, August 25 - 28. It will be the first time that McClenathan has competed in an IHRA sanctioned event.
""I'm excited about running the Sunoco World Nationals," said McClenathan. "I've never had the opportunity to run an IHRA event before and am looking forward to meeting all the fans and racing at Bill Bader's facility. I hear that it stacks up with the best of tracks.
"I know my team owners, Andy and Mark Carrier, are looking forward to returning to Norwalk. They ran there last year but are no strangers to IHRA. Their father, Larry Carrier, founded IHRA back in the early 70's and he and Bill Bader are pioneers of that sanctioning body. There is a lot of history between the Carrier family and the Bader family."
Andy Carrier echoed Cory Mac's feelings.
"Mark and I ran Norwalk last year for the first time as professional Top Fuel team owners. It was exciting and we knew if we could work things out that we wanted to return. Well, we're back and we're even more excited than we were last year. In fact, I think Norwalk Raceway Park is my brother Mark's favorite track in all of drag racing.
"This Berryman Products team is dedicated to winning. Cory is really hyped up about the race and so are crew chief Todd Smith and all the guys on the crew. Without sounding cocky, we are going to Norwalk with every intention of winning the Sunoco World Nationals."
The Carrier family has a lot of history with IHRA. Andy and Mark's father Larry Carrier, known for his technological and marketing innovations, founded the International Hot Rod Association in 1970. During his ownership, he not only created new and exciting classes of competition but was responsible for new safety developments, many still in use today.
In 1975, through Carrier's marketing insight, the IHRA became the first motor sport sanctioning body to attract the support of a major corporation when he signed R.J. Reynolds' Winston brand as a marketing partner.
Carrier sold IHRA in 1987 to former Funny Car driver and Texas Motorplex owner Billy Meyer. Since that time it has changed hands several time and is now owned by media giant Clear Channel Entertainment through its Clear Channel Entertainment -- Motor Sports Division.
Bill Bader has a role both with IHRA and Norwalk Raceway Park. In addition to be the longtime owner of Norwalk Raceway Park, Bader also serves as president of IHRA.
"It always great to see Bill (Bader). Andy and I don't get to see him hardly enough. Bill was always a strong supporter of our dad and has been both a business acquaintance and family friend for a long time. We are glad for the opportunity to support him," added Mark Carrier.
For more information on the Sunoco World Nationals, log onto www.ihra.com.
Cory Mac brings with him to the IHRA Sunoco World Nationals strong statistics; all earned on the NHRA Drag Racing Series.
"I'm proud of the success and consistency that I have been part of, but when it comes down to it winning is my ultimate goal. Simply put, winning is fun, losing isn't. The reason we're coming to Norwalk is to go for the top prize. Take nothing away from the other drivers. There will be a lot of good drivers at the race, We plan to go all out to win the Sunoco World Nationals, but have fun along the way," concluded McClenathan.
Berryman Products, who has been associated with McClenathan for the past several years. Berryman Products, along with an all-star list of marketing partners that includes American Racing, Champion Spark Plugs, Don Steves Chevrolet (La Habra, Calif.), Fabtech Motorsports, FRAM, Mac Tools, Negley Electric, Prestone and PurePower Oil, joins Carrier Boyz Racing throughout the 2004 season.