Follow A Dream, Inc. announces new campaign of NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car. Non-profit organization to extend community outreach mission through professional motorsports. CENTERVILLE, Mass., Feb. 5 -- Follow A Dream, Inc., a non- ...
Follow A Dream, Inc. announces new campaign of NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car.
Non-profit organization to extend community outreach mission through professional motorsports.
CENTERVILLE, Mass., Feb. 5 -- Follow A Dream, Inc., a non- profit organization established to inspire youth and adults with the power of positive thinking through motorsports, today announced its new campaign of a Top Alcohol Funny Car in the National Hot Road Association (NHRA) Northeast Division. A former championship winner, the Follow A Dream Top Alcohol Funny Car is a 2000 Dodge Avenger riding on a Murf McKinney TA/FC chassis powered by a 526 cubic inch aluminum hemi engine.
Todd Veney is driver of Follow A Dream's Top Alcohol Funny Car. Veney, 37, was a finalist at the Gainesville and Bristol NHRA National events, as well as finishing in the Top Ten in the NHRA Divisional points standings in 2002 and 2001. Todd is a freelance writer and the son of world champion driver Ken Veney, who was voted one of the Top 50 Drivers in NHRA history.
Follow A Dream Crew Chief Jay Blake is the only totally blind crew chief in the worldwide sport of auto racing. Blake, 36, has more than 15 years experience as a professional auto mechanic and more than 20 years in drag racing, including as a crew member and crew chief on a Super Comp racing team. Along with directing the funny car's mechanical work, Blake runs the organization's community outreach programs as its president and founder.
While working as the head mechanic of a transportation company in May 1997, Blake was involved in an industrial accident that caused him to lose complete vision, smell and taste. During the past four years, Blake has shared the accomplishments of overcoming his handicap and pursuing his dream of motorsports with an estimated 500,000 youth and adults nationwide through the organization's mission of inspiring the power of positive thinking and self-determination.
"Follow A Dream's move up from super comp to alcohol funny car racing is a significant milestone for our organization," stated Blake. "Through our new racing campaign, we will reach a larger audience and gain increased media coverage to encourage new opportunities for corporate sponsorship and to expand our community outreach program."
Follow A Dream is currently seeking corporate sponsors interested in integrating their consumer marketing and philanthropic initiatives through the combined motorsports program and community outreach opportunities unique to Follow A Dream. As a non-profit 501-3(C) organization, Follow A Dream relies on the support of racing program partners, corporate community sponsors, and individual contributors to continue the organization's successful program.
In addition to Blake and Veney, Follow A Dream's professional racing crew includes Tom Howell of Newbury, Mass.; Scott Dewitt of Essex, Mass.; Jim Blake of Danvers, Mass.; Doug Palmer of Wellesley, Mass.; Tony Venturoso of Centerville, Mass.; and Alan Hadfield of Marstons Mills, Mass.
About Follow A Dream
Founded in 1999, Follow A Dream is a non-profit 501-3(C) organization with the mission of demonstrating how the power of positive thinking and self- determination can overcome adversity. The organization's message is uniquely delivered through NHRA drag racing as its medium. While working as the head mechanic of a transportation company in May 1997, Follow A Dream Founder Jay Blake was involved in an industrial accident that caused him to lose complete vision, smell and taste. As motorsport's only blind, race crew chief, Blake draws upon his personal experience of overcoming adversity and achieving his dream of auto racing, and shares his inspiration with others. The organization currently reaches an estimated audience of 500,000 people annually through participation in the NHRA, speaking engagements for adults via business and social club gatherings, and on-site presentations for youth at community schools, vocational institutes and colleges. For more information, visit www.followadream.org or call 508.420.8319.