Darrell Gwynn Racing gains 2001 sponsorship

DETROIT (August 29, 2000) - Pontiac-GMC Racing and GM Mobility are proud to announce their involvement with the Gwynn/Steinbrenner Yankee Top Fuel Dragster program in 2001. GMC will provide Yukon tow vehicles to the team, and GM Mobility,...

DETROIT (August 29, 2000) - Pontiac-GMC Racing and GM Mobility are proud to announce their involvement with the Gwynn/Steinbrenner Yankee Top Fuel Dragster program in 2001. GMC will provide Yukon tow vehicles to the team, and GM Mobility, in conjunction with Pontiac, will supply a specially designed Pontiac Montana van for Gwynn complete with the exclusive GM OnStar Safety and Security System to assist the former racer and current team owner. "We are pleased to have the opportunity to team up with a pair of winners like Darrell Gwynn and Mike Dunn," said Fred Simmonds, Marketing Manager of Drag Racing, GM Racing. "Pontiac-GMC and GM Mobility are looking forward to playing an integral part in the success of the Gwynn/Steinbrenner Yankee Top Fuel Dragster and we are certain that Darrell and Mike will hit a grand slam on the quarter mile. Their credentials and reputation on and off the racetrack are impeccable, and we are proud to have them as a part of our program." During a racing tenure on the NHRA Drag Racing circuit that has spanned three decades, Gwynn has experienced tremendous success as both a distinguished driver and car owner. As a competitor in Top Alcohol Dragster, he won 10 national events between 1980-84 including the 1983 Winston Series Alcohol Dragster championship. In 1985, the South Florida native made the move to Top Fuel. During his five-plus seasons in the nitro category, Gwynn won 18 national events, 140 rounds of competition, finished second in the Winston standings twice (1986, 1988) and in the top-five four times. In 1990 his driving career was cut short on Easter Sunday during an exhibition-run accident in England that left him paralyzed from the chest down and required amputation of his left arm. After an extensive and successful rehabilitation, Gwynn made the transition to car owner, and from 1990-92 his team won three national events. Mike Dunn came on board in 1993, and after the completion of the 1999 race season, had driven Gwynn Racing dragsters to a total of 10 national-event victories in 22 final rounds, and scored seven top-10 and four top-five finishes. Their best years together as a tandem produced three fourth-place finishes (1993, 1995, 1999) in the season-ending standings. "Pontiac and GMC are very selective when they decide on who will become a member of their racing program," said Gwynn. "I am very proud that Darrell Gwynn Racing has been chosen to become a part of the Pontiac-GMC Racing team. We're looking forward to carrying their colors, along with GM Mobility during the 2001 championship campaign and beyond."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Mike Dunn , Darrell Gwynn