THOMAS MOORE OF TERRE HAUTE NAMED 20TH NAPA AUTO PARTS HONORARY CREW MEMBER OF 2010 CLERMONT, Ind. (Sept. 6, 2010) - Thomas Moore of Terre Haute, Ind., was selected as the 20th NAPA AUTO PARTS Honorary Crew Member of the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle...
THOMAS MOORE OF TERRE HAUTE NAMED 20TH NAPA AUTO PARTS HONORARY CREW MEMBER OF 2010
CLERMONT, Ind. (Sept. 6, 2010) - Thomas Moore of Terre Haute, Ind., was selected as the 20th NAPA AUTO PARTS Honorary Crew Member of the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series at the 56th annual U.S. Nationals this weekend.
Moore, 48, has owned Sir Thomas Automotive Repair in Terry Haute, a NAPA AutoCare Center, for eight years. "I've been in the auto business for 30 years," said Moore, who hails originally from Richmond Hill, N.Y. "I worked as a dealership technician, repair technician and then I taught the automotive program at Ivy Tech in Terre Haute. I did that for six years and then decided I didn't want to work for somebody so I opened my own shop."
Although not a racer himself, Moore's son Joseph campaigns a high-10-second 2000 Camaro in drag races here in Clermont, Muncie, Ind., and Wabash Valley Raceway in Terre Haute.
"It's great, it's fabulous," he said of attending the NHRA U.S. Nationals. "We always enjoy coming. We've been here probably four times with the kids. We also follow NASCAR. NAPA's support of this form of racing is phenomenal. A lot of these cars and drivers couldn't do what they do without NAPA's support.
"We're in the Midwest so everyone knows about racing in this area, but it's probably not something I talk about with most customers."
Being named the NAPA Honorary Crew Member came as a surprise to Moore and his family. "When I was told I was going to be the NAPA Honorary Crew Member at the U.S. Nationals, the first thing I realized was that we had friends coming from South Bend to spend the weekend. I called my wife and said, Hey, we got a wrench in the works. Tell them they're going to have to find something to do. So they stayed at the house and bought tickets for the race and sat in the stands. They weren't expecting that, but I told them, Sorry, but I'm doing this. You're on your own," he said with a smile.
Bob Wildt, wholesale manager for the NAPA Distribution Center in Indianapolis, which covers 115 stores in all of Central Indiana into Illinois, Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, was on hand to help present the honor to Moore.
"We ran a contest for wholesale customers," he explained. "It was a scratch-and-win for tickets to the U.S. Nationals. Out of 35 winners he was selected as the one to become the NAPA Honorary Crew Member at this event.
"He's a pretty humble guy, but he's a two-time ASE Automotive Tech Specialist of the Year for Indianapolis and he's in the running this year for the national honor. He didn't know that until today. Well deserved.
"NHRA is more user-friendly as opposed to NASCAR," added Wildt of NAPA Indy's relationship with Don Schumacher Racing and NHRA. "Every year we run a promotion here and every honor is well-deserved. Our local ad council funds the wholesale promotions and they jump on this right away. This is what we want to put our money in, at least locally. It's been a great run.
"We had about 220 people total here this weekend at the U.S. Nationals. We always have a good turnout here. It's great. It's a good relationship."
Moore's non-wrenching crew-member duties included escorting the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Funny Car to the staging lanes for Saturday's qualifying rounds. He then helped retrieve the car at the end of the track.
The side window of the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge sported his name as the NAPA AUTO PARTS Honorary Crew Member this weekend.
He also met and chatted with the entire NAPA Dodge Funny Car crew, was a special guest in the NAPA hospitality area throughout the weekend, received a NAPA team jersey, experienced an up-close-and-personal view of the NAPA crew as the team worked on the car, and enjoyed a private tour of the team transporter and pit area.
NAPA AUTO PARTS distribution centers at each NHRA event during the season have different criteria for choosing the persons who are potential NAPA AUTO PARTS Honorary Crew Members.