HOMECOMING WEEKEND ON TAP FOR DANNY GRUNINGER Morrison, Colo. - For 24-year old Danny Gruninger, the NHRA's annual trek to the rare-air of Morrison, Colo.'s Bandimere Speedway is always a special event. This weekend as the NHRA Full Throttle...
HOMECOMING WEEKEND ON TAP FOR DANNY GRUNINGER
Morrison, Colo. - For 24-year old Danny Gruninger, the NHRA's annual trek to the rare-air of Morrison, Colo.'s Bandimere Speedway is always a special event. This weekend as the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series competes at the 31st MOPAR Mile-High NHRA Nationals, the Denver, Colo. native NHRA Pro Stock driver will look to qualify in the 16-car field and race in front of the tens of thousands of race fans who will attend this event.
Gruninger's last NHRA appearance was in a test driving capacity in Jim Cunningham's Ford Mustang at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, where he barely missed qualifying for the 16-car field by less than 0.004 seconds. Gruninger produced some very quick elapsed times Cunningham's Ford in his two-race stint and was very appreciative to the Cunningham's for the opportunity to drive their car.
"The experience with Jim and Gloria was very positive for me," noted Gruninger. "They have a very professional operation over at Cunningham Motorsports and driving their car was a dream come true for certain. We knew it was going to be only a two-race deal and we tried to make the best of the opportunity. However, I am very pleased to be racing for my family at our hometown race. Our company, US RECOGNITION.COM is based here in Denver, and we'll have several of our customers and friends on hand to support our team. With a fresh bullet in the chamber of our USRECOGNITION.COM sponsored Pro Stock Dodge, I am anxious to show how our hometown team can match up against the competition."
A four-time competitor in the Little League World Series representing the State of Colorado, and a former Colorado High School State Golfing Champion who earned his PGA tour card shortly after graduating from high school, Gruninger brings his lust for competition and athletic mental attitude to the NHRA behind the wheel of the six-second, 200 mph Gruninger Motorsports US RECOGNITION.COM Pro Stock Dodge.
"Competing in sports at a young age has prepared me for racing against some of the best racers in motorsports," noted Gruninger. "People might think driving a Pro Stock car is simple, but there are several challenges in driving one of these 200 mph door cars down a quarter-mile drag strip. It requires physical ability, extreme concentration and a mental-can-do attitude. You don't want to get into one of these cars unless you are 100 percent confident in your equipment, your team, and even yourself. It's a dangerous hobby, but I feel safer in this Jerry Hass built race car than driving down I-70 in my personal car. Plus, it's a lot more fun."
-source: danny gruninger PR