Ike Maier Motorsports press release
Ike Maier to finish his season at upcoming NHRA Las Vegas event
Canadian Top Fuel driver to compete in Big O Tires Nationals next weekend
TOTTENHAM, ONTARIO (October 22, 2011) – With several NHRA National events now behind him, Top Fuel driver Ike Maier is hoping to finish his season on a high note.
Driving the Paton Racing Team Top Fuel dragster, Maier acquired his license earlier this year and has competed in five events with the powerful car, which can obtain speeds of 330 mph down the quarter-mile drag strip.
“I’d like to go out with a qualifying run and a round or two,” he noted, adding that he believes the team does better in the hotter climates.
“We seem to do better in the heat,” he said. “But I’m just hoping we are able to qualify and we’ll take it from there.”
Maier will be entering the 11th Annual Big O Tires NHRA Nationals at Las Vegas October 28-30. This will be the 22nd race in the 23-event 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.
Maier mentioned he will not be taking his 1963 Corvette Pro Modified car to race at Las Vegas in the Get Screened America Series for Pro Mods as he has done at previous NHRA events, concentrating on his Top Fuel efforts.
He also mentioned he would like to continue to race the Top Fueler in 2012, adding he is looking into sponsorship opportunities for next season.
After serious seat time in the car, Maier said he has settled in to driving a Top Fuel dragster, the quickest and fastest class of drag racing car in the NHRA. He also said driving the 8,000-horsepower car has been a dream come true.
“I’m comfortable driving the car now,” he said. “And I used to come to Vegas and watch the fuel cars and thought it would be great to drive one.
“And now I am living my dream.”
After obtaining his Top Fuel license earlier this year, Maier entered into an agreement with Barry Paton to drive the Paris, Ontario-based Paton Racing Top Fueler with crew chief James “Jimbo” Ermalovich.
Sponsorship for the Top Fuel effort is provided by John Hoey of Tim Hortons.
Qualifying for Top Fuel takes place Friday, October 28, and continues on Saturday October 29, with eliminations scheduled to begin at 11 am Sunday October 30.