Richmond Photographer Dave DeAngelis gets a new view

DINWIDDIE, VA.- Dave DeAngelis usually has the best view at the drag races. The 36-year old, professional photographer from Middlesex, NJ., plans to trade in his reliable Nikons for a different view of the quarter-mile during this weekend's ...

DINWIDDIE, VA.- Dave DeAngelis usually has the best view at the drag races. The 36-year old, professional photographer from Middlesex, NJ., plans to trade in his reliable Nikons for a different view of the quarter-mile during this weekend's Moto1.Net Nationals presented by Chevrolet hosted by the Virginia Motorsports Park located in Dinwiddie, Va. He will be the subject of the clicking cameras as he takes the reigns of Steve Zavor's Federal Mogul Dragster for the first time during the 2000 season.

The ace lensman, who is known for his accuracy in high-speed photography and has been awarded many times in his career, says driving is his real love and that photography serves as the next best thing to driving a racecar.

"I've wanted to race since I was five years old," smiles DeAngelis, who is in his sophomore season as a competitor in the Federal Mogul Dragster class. "It's always a different feeling to be thundering down the drag strip while the photographers are snapping pictures of me. It's a huge rush and I love it. I can only hope that one day driving will be my destiny in this sport."

The last NHRA/Winston national event that he competed in was the True Value Keystone Nationals and he qualified 12th in the program. Though he didn't win the first round, DeAngelis has his fingers crossed that he'll nab a win in at least one of his three scheduled nationals or five Division One events.

Whether or not he wins a round, DeAngelis knows that gaining the opportunity to participate will fulfill his event.

"I know that there are a lot of people that would kill to be in the spot that I am," explained DeAngelis. "I used to feel that way. All I wanted was a shot and now that I got it, I cherish every moment of it. Every day that goes by, I know I'm very lucky."

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