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David Baca and NFL great Jim Kelly team up at Indy CLERMONT, Ind. (August 28, 2003) -- David Baca, driver of the Hunter's Hope/American Racing Top Fuel dragster, says that it may be redundant, but the fact is the NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals...

David Baca and NFL great Jim Kelly team up at Indy

CLERMONT, Ind. (August 28, 2003) -- David Baca, driver of the Hunter's Hope/American Racing Top Fuel dragster, says that it may be redundant, but the fact is the NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals is still the race that every racer wants to win.

"My goal is that I want to go out and win every event we enter and that includes the U.S. Nationals," said Baca. "You have to go out with the attitude that you can win them all or you won't be in this game for long. My father (Dennis) won this event in 1977. It would be especially nice to have a father-son team say they both won the U.S. Nationals. But you know, and I don't want to be redundant, if there were just one win you want to put on your resume, it would be the U.S. Nationals. Indy is a special place, always has been and probably always will. While the odds are great, it certainly would be sweet to hit a homerun and win this thing on my first visit here as a driver in Top Fuel.

"I've been going to Indy since the early '70s as a kid. Even back then, there was always a lot of mystique at Indy and that was back in the days when they only ran about a dozen races. The Indy mystique goes back to its beginning, about 50 years ago. Yes, mystique is a good word for Indy because anybody and everybody wants to come to the "Big Show" and the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals is the Biggest Show of all."

Sportsman racing for the "granddaddy" of national events, the prestigious Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, began yesterday. The first session of professional qualifying is scheduled for Friday evening, August 29. Qualifying continues on Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31, with final eliminations for all classes on Monday, Labor Day.

Currently sixth in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel point standings, Baca's Henkelman and Baca Motorsports dragster will be sporting a new look for this weekend's event. Baca has joined forces with the Hunter's Hope Foundation for this race to raise awareness, call attention and raise research dollars so that the Foundation might continue their work to find a cure for Krabbe Disease.

"It's such an honor to be chosen to represent (former Buffalo Bills quarterback and NFL Hall of Fame inductee) Jim Kelly and his family and the foundation he and his wife Jill have established for their son Hunter, who has Krabbe Disease," reflected Baca. A disease such as Hunter's is just crushing to any and all of us, especially to those that have children. I hope through this association between Henkelman and Baca Motorsports and the Hunter's Hope Foundation that we can bring some awareness to this terrible disease.

"There's going to be donation boxes set up in our pit area and the POWERade area. Please come on by. We're going to do a special Hunter's Hope t-shirt and sell it at the American Racing merchandise trailer, of which part of the proceeds will go to the Hunter's Hope Foundation as they continue to do research leading to a cure for Krabbe.

"We'll kick off the awareness campaign today at Kroger's on Rockville Road. Throughout the weekend we'll have autograph signings in the POWERade Experience and our pit area. Jim Kelly will be there for that and I understand that he just might have Thurman Thomas and Kent Hall with him.

"We've got a lot going on this weekend and hope that the fans come out and be a part of it. If you can't be at the track, please check out www.huntershope.org. There you can find additional information on the foundation and how you can be involved in donating as the Hunter's Hope researchers continue their battle against this terrible disease."

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