Hartman Motorsports hires Tuning Assistant Lance Larsen HEBRON, OH, June 14, 2003 -- Hartman Motorsports, a family owned and operated automotive race team competing on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series tour in the Top Fuel category, hires...
Hartman Motorsports hires Tuning Assistant Lance Larsen
HEBRON, OH, June 14, 2003 -- Hartman Motorsports, a family owned and operated automotive race team competing on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series tour in the Top Fuel category, hires drag racing veteran Lance Larsen as a tuning assistant for the remaining 2003 season.
Virgil Hartman, team owner/tuner for Hartman Motorsports, will continue with tuning responsibilities for both team-owned Top Fuel Dragsters driven by Hartman's daughter, Rhonda Hartman-Smith, and Hartman's son-in-law, John "Bodie" Smith. Hartman will rely on Lance's technical expertise to resolve mechanical issues and raise the level of performance and consistency of both cars.
"We are pleased to announce Lance Larsen's addition to the Hartman Motorsports family," comments Virgil Hartman. "We brought Lance on board as a team consultant for a two-race trial effective at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Chicago, Illinois and the 3rd Annual AC Delco Nationals in Richmond, Virginia, and we were delighted with the results. In Chicago, Rhonda ran her career-best elapsed of 4.56-seconds and became the quickest female on earth and John ran his career-best speed of 325.77 mph. John made it to his third semifinal and final-round appearance and Rhonda earned her first semifinal round of the season in Richmond, Virginia."
"I am looking forward to working in tandem with Virgil Hartman and both the FRAM and Prestone teams for the remainder of the season," comments Lance Larsen. "Virgil and I developed a working relationship back in the 1980s that has grown into a lifelong friendship with both the Hartman and Smith families. My role with Hartman Motorsports is to help resolve several mechanical problems and work in conjunction with the crew and Virgil to make both Dragsters run quicker and more consistent during qualifying and elimination rounds."
Larsen previously served as the Crew Chief for Skuza Motorsports and tuned the team-owned Funny Car to two victories and 10 runner-up finishes during his eight-plus years with the team. He worked with a variety of seasoned NHRA drivers including Joe Amato, Bobby Baldwin, Richard Hartman, Art Hendy, Chris Karamesines, Eric Reed and Del Worsham. His most memorable season was in 1981 when he tuned Top Fuel driver Jeb Allen to the NHRA Top Fuel championship. Larsen, a California native, currently resides in Litchfield, Ohio.