Norwalk: Rod Fuller preview

Hot Rod Fuller on Track with Cat Dealers and Schools (June 18, 2009) "Hot Rod" Fuller will compete in the upcoming Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Norwalk, Ohio with support from Michigan Cat and their Think Big educational ...

Hot Rod Fuller on Track with Cat Dealers and Schools

(June 18, 2009) "Hot Rod" Fuller will compete in the upcoming Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Norwalk, Ohio with support from Michigan Cat and their Think Big educational partner, Owens Community College. This will be Fuller's second race of the 2009 season, coming just three weeks after his driving debut for Patten Cat and Illinois Central College at the Joliet, Ill race.

Michigan Cat, with seven locations across Michigan, will be entertaining customers and promoting their Cat® Certified Used Equipment with zero percent financing options through the popular website michigancatused.com.

Brian Schulz, Vice President of Product Support at Michigan Cat, is excited about the upcoming race. "We will be in Norwalk to support Hot Rod, because our customers want to see him on the track and in a winning car. We saw how well he ran with the Vandergriff Motorsports team in Joliet and had a tremendous amount of positive feedback from customers for us to participate in Norwalk," Schulz said.

Joining Michigan Cat in support of Fuller for the second race in a row will be a Cat Think Big educational partner. The Think Big program provides students with the knowledge they need for future consideration of internship or employment with a Cat dealer. Owens Community College will participate in the Norwalk race to promote the technical education programs they provide for Michigan Cat. Owens Community College is no stranger to the sport of NHRA drag racing as they have previously participated in the U.S. Nationals with Hot Rod Fuller.

Fuller was the #1 qualifier in Top Fuel dragster at the 2007, and 2008 NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in Norwalk, and still holds the ¼ mile track record at the facility. Fuller has also been impressive on race day in Norwalk, having consecutive semifinal finishes there the last two seasons. Showing his enthusiasm to get back in his new dragster, Fuller said "I'm ready to defend my #1 qualifying spot from last year in Norwalk, and think we have a car capable of setting low E.T. (elapsed time). We had the second quickest car on race day in Joliet a few weeks ago, which was only outrun by the race winner."

Regarding the Cat dealer program Fuller said "The excitement these Cat dealers and Think Big partners are showing us this year is amazing. Having the two recent races supported by dealers who didn't participate in our 2007 or 2008 program means a lot, and shows how great of a venue the NHRA is to cultivate sales leads for Cat equipment. As for the Think Big schools like Owens Community College, we can't say enough about how strong their education programs are for anyone looking to become a technician in a Cat dealership.

-credit: rfPR

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