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Payne pulling double duty at drag racing's biggest event INDIANAPOLIS (Sept 3) -- Veteran drag racer Jay Payne will be pulling double duty at this weekend's prestigious 56th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil. Payne will be...

Payne pulling double duty at drag racing's biggest event

INDIANAPOLIS (Sept 3) -- Veteran drag racer Jay Payne will be pulling double duty at this weekend's prestigious 56th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil. Payne will be competing in both the Pro Mod and Top Alcohol Funny Car classes in his unique FireIce-branded entries.

Payne has high hopes for both cars this weekend. He knows that the conditions are prime for some good numbers and the FireIce teams have to power to make great runs and hopefully go some rounds on race day.

"This is the best weather we've ever had here," Payne said. "It's usually really hot or it's rainy. Knock-on-wood, hopefully it stays this way, it's absolutely beautiful. The track's excellent and if we do it right the cars are going to go fast."

Payne is currently fourth in the very competitive championship standings in the Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. He also is second in the Top Alcohol Funny Car standings in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.

The U.S. Nationals is as prestigious as any race gets but Payne isn't letting the pressure get to him. He loves this race but he is currently more concerned with a fellow competitor that is missing this weekend.

"Indy is a really good race. The only down side this year is that Frank Manzo's not here because his father passed away," Payne said. "So we're thinking about the Manzo family but it goes on and we have to race."

As a part of FireIce's continued support of firefighters, the Mount Sinai (N..Y) Fire Department will be saluted this weekend with Payne's racing efforts. Mt. Sinai has been a great ambassador for FireIce in the New York area. The fire department has been around since 1930 and is a great asset to its community.

"Mount Sinai has a 9/11 memorial service every year, as well as a monument that was inspired by a 15-year-old Boy Scout," said Michael Cordani, CEO of GelTech, the parent company of FireIce. "Since the ninth anniversary of the attacks are just days away, it's a great time to remember and honor the 343 FDNY firefighters who perished that day."

-source: jay payne PR

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