Dina Parise joins forces with Comfort Crew for Military Kids

For the nearly the past 20 years Dina Parise Racing has been known for its support of the U.S. Military. To take that support to the next level, Dina Parise is proud to announce her association with Comfort Crew for Military Kids, as a spokesperson for the charity organization.

     A Family Affair

“My husband Andrew’s father was a Lt. Colonel in the Air Force.” Stated Parise. “He came from a Military background. We have been associating with Military personnel for nearly twenty years. Comfort Crew is an amazing organization and I’m honored to be a part of it. I’m looking forward to assisting in helping our Military kids.”

If you are familiar with anyone that serves or has served in our U.S. Military, you understand serving is a family matter. The stress of Military service is not restricted to that of the service member themselves. Inevitably, that stress is felt throughout the entire family.

   Uniquely Challenging

Due to Military life being unique, it can create a different set of challenges as opposed to civilian life. Frequent moves, deployments, as well as injuries (both visible and not), can create trauma and uneasiness for children.

As a result, Comfort Crew for Military Kids was created. It is a non-profit organization giving the children of our members of the Armed Forces, the resources they need to face the challenges that may be presented to them during the time of their parents’ deployment. There are various programs suitable for different age groups and issues. You can positively impact a child’s life through Comfort Crew!

“The Comfort Crew is honored to have Dina and her team join us in our efforts to support military kids and their families.” Stated Ronda Englander, Co-Founder of Comfort Crew. “Together, Comfort Crew and DPR want military families to know, we are With You All the Way! “

  Comfort Crew:

Founded in 2007, the Comfort Crew for Military Kids (CCMK) is designated as a 501(c) (3) public charity. CCMK has created a comprehensive set of resources created for school-age children that address specific challenges associated with growing up in a military family: multiple deployments, reconnecting as a family after a time of separation, visible and invisible injuries of a returning parent, and grief over the loss of a loved one. These resources are housed in Comfort Kits and delivered all around the world at no cost to military families.

The Comfort Crew’s mission is to deliver proven resources to help military kids and their family connect and build resiliency in the face of extraordinary challenges.

To learn more about The Comfort Crew for Military Kids or make a donation, please visit www.comfortcrew.org .

   Acknowledgments 

From performance to detail DPR acknowledges and does it all.  Stella runs efficiently and safely with products from top-notch companies: NGK, Lucas Oil, Speedwire Systems, DJ Safety, CRC Auto, Hoosier, DMPE and Wiseco. The DPR website looks great and runs efficiently thanks to the professionals at Crank It Media. Thank you to American States Utility Services for their support! The team encourages you to try the products and services these companies offer. The fact remains that they do use them all. That’s the best recommendation!

The DPR team would like to thank all their marketing partners for their continued support!

Contact DPR to become a Marketing Partner as well! Let DPR work for you!

Dina Parise Racing (DPR): is a leader in the Motorsports industry. DPR has revolutionized the industry by becoming a Social Media and Media Marketing service. Parise has earned an IHRA World Championship in the Pro Modified class and is the first woman to hold that title in the series. For more information, visit http://dinapariseracing.com/ or e-mail: info@dinapariseracing.com . To find DPR on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram: @DPariseRacing.   

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Story: Courtesy DPR

Photos: Courtesy DPR/Comfort Crew for Military Kids

Protecting Stella with Covercraft

Like with Dina Parise Racing, your vehicle is your pride and joy as well as your investment. Investments need to be protected. There is no better company to choose to protect that investment than Covercraft Industries!

If the Cover Fits…

The Dina Parise Racing team would like to thank Covercraft for the custom fitted Car Cover they created for Stella (the 3,000HP Supercharged Cadillac Pro Mod). With their specific Cover customizing process, they were able to create a cover that fits like a glove. Perfect for indoor storage as well as for those pop-up storms at the race track! This cover is light and easy to use.

Protection for Whatever you Drive..

Covercraft has an array of products for the auto-enthusiast as well as the Auto-enthusiast Pet owner! They have a wide range of exterior as well as interior protection, with a great selection of materials.They have ‘Protection for whatever you drive!’.

Isn’t it time you protected your investment? For more information visit: https://www.covercraft.com/us/en . When placing your order, be sure to let them know DPR sent you!

Supporting cast……

From performance to detail DPR acknowledges and does it all.  Stella runs efficiently and safely with products from top notch companies: NGK, Lucas Oil, Speedwire Systems, DJ Safety, CRC Auto, Hoosier, DMPE and Wiseco. The DPR website looks great and runs efficiently thanks to the professionals at Crank It Media. Thank you to American States Utility Services for their support! The team encourages you to try the products and services these companies offer. The fact remains that they do use them all. That is the best recommendation!

The DPR team would like to thank all their marketing partners for their continued support!

Contact DPR to become a Marketing Partner as well! Let DPR work for you!

Get Social:

Be sure to join the DPR team on all their Social Media! Their Website will show you the way! For all things DPR please visit http://dinapariseracing.com/   Parise has quite a bit on her plate on the track and off. Be sure to follow along on Social Media to keep up with it all!

 

*Covercraft– Today the company is the world’s largest manufacturer of custom-patterned vehicle covers. Our library of over 80,000 patterns still grows daily as we constantly add new applications.

Our product line has expanded greatly over the years and now includes seat protectors, front-end masks (bras), dash covers, floor mats, tailgate nets, tire covers, windshield sunscreens, canine travel items and other specialty protection and storage products. *

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Dina Parise Racing Partners with Speedwire Systems

(Atlanta, GA.)- The most important piece to the Dina Parise Racing team is the marketing partners. DPR is proud to announce a new addition to the team partner list is none other than Speedwire Systems. 

They say everything happens for a reason. In the Dina Parise Racing camp, they have become believers in this statement. This team has learned that some days may be tougher than others, but they are just preparation for things to come.

DPR reached a sponsorship agreement with the Canadian company, who has authorized dealers and installers worldwide ( http://speedwiresystems.com/ ). A side-note to the agreement is that Speedwire Systems had an integral part in assisting DPR in executing Stella’s new look!

 

Why you should choose Speedwire Systems 

At Speedwire Systems, the goal and vision is to refine and simplify vehicle chassis electrical control and installations, helping their customers to build consistent and reliable race-winning vehicles. Their products allow racers to spend their time on their race program rather than debugging electrical issues. Their products are the choice of champions. Largely because they are built for racers, by racers. 

 

What sets Speedwire Systems apart  

Their products that can suit any application, Turbo, Nitrous, Blower and Supercharged applications, even off road and drift cars.

 Customers can be assured, their products are designed with the best components available for the application, with the mind set of always producing a high-quality product. 

 Keeping in mind customer safety as well as performance. The enclosures and Epoxy used are flame retardant and laboratory test to UL 94 specs.

All their products are designed and manufactured in house, using the highest attention to detail and built to last through the rigors of the racing environment.

 Customers can order a custom switch panel and systems to suit their individual needs. It’s not one size fits all. Their relay controllers and switch panels can be combined to suit any need. ** DPR can attest to this feature. The switch panel in Stella, was made to driver specifications. **

The relay boards all self-diagnosis LED indicators that change color which allows the user to quickly identify a problem from a blown fuse to a faulty output, giving them the ability to repair the problem efficiently without the use of multi meters for diagnosis.

All their relays and fuses are replaceable with components that are readily available locally.

Lastly, their products are empowering the fastest cars in the world from Pro Mod to Drag Radial cars resulting in winning multiple championships from Drag racing to 3,500-mile Dakar Race.

The DPR team continues to push the envelope in every way. From performance to detail this team acknowledges and does it all.  Stella runs efficiently and safely with products from top notch companies: NGK, Lucas Oil, Speedwire Systems, DJ Safety, CRC Auto  and Wiseco. The DPR website looks great and runs efficiently thanks to the professionals at Crank It Media.

 

Please visit http://dinapariseracing.com/marketing-partners  . There you will find more information regarding the companies listed as well as some *special offers*! The team encourages you to try the products and services these companies offer. The fact remains that they do use them all. That is the best recommendation!

 

The DPR team would like to thank all their marketing partners for their continued support!

 

Contact DPR to become a Marketing Partner as well! Let DPR work for you!

 

Get Social: Be sure to join the DPR team on all their Social Media! Their Website will show you the way! For all things DPR please visit http://dinapariseracing.com/   Parise has quite a bit on her plate for the season on the track and off. Be sure to follow along on Social Media to keep up with it all!

Photos Courtesy: Roger Richards/Competition Plus and Speedwire Systems

Story by DPR

DPR PDRA Wrap up and their Mission

(Atlanta, GA.) Are you ready for the Dina Parise Racing weekend race wrap up from the PDRA Firecracker Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park? Well, grab your helmet and get strapped in! Lot’s of excitement coming at you!

On a mission…

DPR’s results from this past weekend were not favorable, yet the team is proud of what they accomplished. “It’s not always about getting to the finish line first. Sometimes what is most important is the journey you take to get there.” States Dina Parise. She and her team have made it their mission to support all those who have answered the call to serve. In association with Speedwire Systems, the brand-new look on ‘Stella’ the Pro Mod Cadillac, (revealed this past weekend) continues that mission.

Felling hot…hot…hot..

Unfortunately, Parise missed the testing session on Thursday due to her having a debilitating migraine, something she has lived with for years. That was a setback for the team. “It was brutally hot.” Stated Andrew Parise. “We had her in and out of the car a few times to swap seatbelts. I could tell, she was fighting a migraine. I pulled the plug for the day, as a safety precaution.”

Friday brought 3 rounds of qualifying in the Moroso Pro Boost catagory. DPR battled both the heat and a fuel issue. By the end of Q3, they were on the outside looking in. On Saturday (Elimination day) Parise was put in as an alternate after Tommy Gray could not make the call due to breakage. Their luck ran out in 1st round of eliminations, when they smoked the tires right at the hit. Game over.

 Always a bright side…

On the positive side, Stella’s new look was well received! As part of DPR’s mission to support all those who have answered the call to serve, the team, in association with (their new partner) American States Utility Services, Inc. and Outback Steakhouse of Colonial Heights, Va. hosted members of our U.S. Military from U.S. Army Fort Lee for the day! Outback provided a spectacular meal for the guests. Thank you to Tim and Julie for taking the time out to set up and serve everyone. Yet again, DPR owes a debt of gratitude to Roger Hedrick of Outback Steakhouse of Colonial Heights, VA. He has never turned down a request of a meal for our Military members, no matter how many. Over the years, DPR has requested many meals, and he has obliged.

On a side note, Due to a last-minute shift change, some of the guests could not attend. As they say, that is the ‘life of a soldier’. For those who could attend, seeing them enjoy a day at the races made it all worthwhile!     

   

Grab your partner……

American States Utility Services, Inc. has signed on as a marketing partner of DPR. ASUS provides operations, maintenance and construction management services for water and wastewater systems at a growing list of U.S. Military installations. ( http://www.asusinc.com/ ) ASUS-‘Serving Those Who Serve’

DPR reached a sponsorship agreement with Speedwire Systems. The Canadian company has authorized dealers and installers worldwide ( http://speedwiresystems.com/). A side-note to the agreement is that Speedwire Systems had an integral part in assisting DPR in executing Stella’s new look. Parise has (for many years) been utilizing a custom switch panel, (made by Speedwire Systems) tailored to her specifications.

NGK Spark Plugs has been a marketing mainstay with DPR for nearly 20 years! This lasting relationship has much to do with the stellar product NGK provides as well as the support they have shown for almost two decades.

Supporting cast……

From performance to detail DPR acknowledges and achieves it all.  Stella runs efficiently and safely with products from top notch companies: NGK, Lucas Oil, Speedwire Systems, DJ Safety, CRC Auto, Hoosier, DMPE and Wiseco. The DPR website looks great and runs efficiently thanks to the professionals at Crank It Media. Thank you to American States Utility Services for their support!

The DPR team would like to thank all their marketing partners for their continued support!

*Acknowledgement*

DPR would like to thank Tom Daley of Daley Graphics and Kryptonite Kustomz for the amazing work on Stella. Without them this project would not have come to fruition.

Contact DPR to become a Marketing Partner as well! Let DPR work for you!

Get Social: Be sure to join the DPR team on all their Social Media! Their Website will show you the way! For all things DPR please visit http://dinapariseracing.com/  Parise has quite a bit on her plate for the season on the track and off. Be sure to follow along on Social Media to keep up with it all!

Photos Courtesy Roger Richards/ Competition Plus and DPR

Story: DPR

DPR heads to PDRA will Debut NEW Look

(Atlanta, Ga) Dina Parise Racing is excited to be headed to the PDRA Firecracker Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park, this weekend (June 28-30th). To add to the excitement, DPR will be unveiling and debuting a brand-new look for Stella (the Pro Modified Cadillac). This is Parise’s first race with the PDRA Series. She will be competing in the Moroso Pro Boost category.

“This process has been a labor of love.” Stated Dina Parise. “We hit a few roadblocks along the way, but in the end, it was worth it.”

 Change is good

Recently DPR reached a sponsorship agreement with Speedwire Systems. The Canadian company has authorized dealers and installers worldwide ( http://speedwiresystems.com/   ). A side-note to the agreement is that Speedwire Systems had an integral part in assisting DPR in executing Stella’s new look. Parise has (for many years) been utilizing a custom switch panel, (made by Speedwire Systems) tailored to her specifications.

 

American States Utility Services, Inc. has also signed on as a marketing partner of DPR. ASUS provides operations, maintenance and construction management services for water and wastewater systems at a growing list of U.S. Military installations.( http://www.asusinc.com/ )

 

NGK Spark Plugs has been a marketing mainstay with DPR for nearly 20 years! This lasting relationship has much to do with the stellar product NGK provides as well as the support they have shown for almost two decades. 

 

The companies that support DPR

From performance to detail DPR acknowledges and achieves it all.  Stella runs efficiently and safely with products from top notch companies: NGK, Lucas Oil, Speedwire Systems, DJ Safety, CRC Auto, Hoosier and Wiseco. The DPR website looks great and runs efficiently thanks to the professionals at Crank It Media. Thank you to American States Utility Services for their support!

The DPR team would like to thank all their marketing partners for their continued support!

Contact DPR to become a Marketing Partner as well! Let DPR work for you!

Get Social: Be sure to join the DPR team on all their Social Media! Their Website will show you the way! For all things DPR please visit http://dinapariseracing.com/   Parise has quite a bit on her plate for the season on the track and off. Be sure to follow along on Social Media to keep up with it all!

 

Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.

~Swami Sivananda

Honor the Sacrifice on Memorial Day

Fire up the grill, it’s Memorial Day! I bet that’s what you are thinking, right? Of course, we all work our fingers to the bone in anticipation of the next vacation day or holiday. It’s the perfect time to gather with family and friends. Or, are you a shopper? If you are, there are plenty of sales to take advantage of. When it comes to holidays, we all utilize that time off in different ways. We are entitled to it. We have worked for it. After all, we live in a country that allows us the freedom to do what we want when we want.

Do we ever think about the freedom and rights we are so privileged to have? Probably not. Our country seems unsettled and a bit chaotic, at the moment. Citizens are at odds over what they consider right and wrong. Many have taken to the streets to protest. Some protest in other manners. The bottom line is that we have the means to speak and gather freely.

The truth is, many Men and Women (of our U.S. Military) have sacrificed greatly for the freedom we all take advantage of. Agree or disagree with how the freedom has been obtained, the bottom line is we owe those who sacrificed a debt of gratitude. Keep in mind we must ‘hate the war, NOT the warrior.’

Be sure to Fly your flag high. Have that Barbeque! Go buy yourself something nice! But, before you do, please take a moment to remember why Memorial Day originated and those it was created to honor. A moment of our time is the least we can do. As you honor those who sacrificed for our freedom, be sure to keep in mind the families that are left behind. Maybe take a quick trip to a military cemetery and lay a wreath or flag to commemorate those we have lost. Teach your children to understand and respect the sacrifices made.

At 3 p.m. local time, all Americans are asked to pause (as an act of National unity) for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.

To all those who are serving or have served, we Thank You for your service and sacrifice. We will never forget.

“Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.” —Franklin D. Roosevelt 

For an extensive list of Military discounts please visit:  https://militarybenefits.info/

Photo and Story by Dina Parise

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Dina Parise to speak at the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show

Are you ready? The Performance Racing Industry Show is a week away!

The PRI trade Show is the place for Racing Industry suppliers and buyers to meet face to face, discuss products and make purchases. As appealing as that sounds, it’s just touching the surface. Along with the rows and rows of product booths, there are informative seminars.

Dina Parise Racing is proud to announce (Dina’s) participation in the acclaimed ‘Women of Motorsports’ seminar. This year’s topic (and title) is ‘Opportunities for Women in Motorsports’.

The seminar is an hour-long program, wherein Parise along with Pippa Mann and Elaine Larsen will discuss their careers, along with the many facets of the everchanging motorsports industry. The aim of the seminar is to educate and engage with young women interested in pursuing a career in motorsports.

Dan Schechner, PRI Magazine editor will moderate this year’s “Opportunities for Women in Motorsports” seminar. Seminar is on Friday, December 8, from 8a.m. to 9 a.m., at the Indiana Convention Center in Meeting Room 241.

“PRI’s acclaimed ‘Women in Motorsports’ seminar brings together three of the most talented, accomplished and dedicated racing pros our industry has to offer,” Schechner said. “Now in its second year, this program promises to enlighten, entertain and inspire as we delve into some important topics that will resonate with a wide variety of Show attendees. Trust me, this is shaping up to be one powerful session you won’t want to miss!” Said Schechner.

Begin the second day of exhibits for the 30th annual PRI Show with the ‘Opportunities for Women’ in Motorsports’ seminar! Free to all PRI attendees! First come first serve on seating, so be sure to get there early to grab a seat! To be sure you don’t miss out, add the event to your PRI Show calendar ( https://pri2017.mapyourshow.com/7_0/sessions/session-details.cfm?ScheduleID=75).

The DPR team continues to push the envelope in every way. From performance to detail this team acknowledges and does it all. DPR has joined forces with Endotech LLC, a company that creates and distributes cutting edge energy saving products aimed at reducing energy usage and demand. With increasing fuel and energy costs, businesses all over the country can utilize the savings! Stella runs well and safely with products from as NGK Spark Plugs, Lucas Oil, Speedwire Systems, Wiseco, Hoosier Racing Tire and DJ Safety. She sparkles, and the team looks great because of the products provided by CRC Auto and Pro Things. The DPR website looks great and runs efficiently thanks to the professionals at Crank It Media. Please visit: http://dinapariseracing.com/marketing-partners . There you will find more information regarding the companies listed as well as some *special offers*! The team encourages you to try the products and services these companies offer. The fact remains that they do use them all. That is the best recommendation! The DPR team would like to thank all their Marketing Partners for their continued support!

2018 is fast approaching! Are you looking for a fresh, new exciting platform to market your company product or service? Want to market your company via ‘Influencer Marketing’? Contact DPR at Marketing@DinaPariseRacing.com for more information.

Get Social: Be sure to join the DPR team on all their Social Media! Their Website will show you the way! For all things DPR please visit: http://dinapariseracing.com/ .Parise has quite a bit on her plate for the upcoming season on the track and off. Be sure to follow along on Social Media to keep up with it all!

Story by DPR
Courtesy PRI Magazine

 

If racing were easy, everyone would do it

Well here it is, September already. Seems like just yesterday we were in summer. Let me start with the Pity Party….

It has been yet another year of  Dina Parise Racing fighting with Stella the Cadillac Pro Mod. Some people would look at us and say, “ok it’s enough, already, throw in the towel and sell it all”. Trust me, we have thought about this. The pain of quitting will last forever. We owe the companies and fans that support us more than that. I want to thank our marketing partners for staying with us, and our fans for all the love they show us. Without the support and love we couldn’t continue. So, enough of the Pity Party…..

We swapped everything out the beginning of the year and were bitten with electrical issues. We chased them like a cat chasing his tail. So, we changed everything once again. Stella was doing a bit better till we lost the fuel timers. It’s been a real fight. We had taken my engine package from the 53 Corvette and put it in Stella. Well, Stella just seems pissed off because she won’t cooperate and trust me it’s not like we aren’t trying. Between buying new parts and lack of funding we might be moving into a cardboard box soon! But like they say, if it was easy everyone would be doing it!

When we had two cars we ran very well. Now running one car is a struggle. Hero to zero as they say! Sadly, it seems some like to see us down in the ditches. What I focus on is how many people really want us to be back on top. That is what keeps us going. I think it’s time for me to go to church; maybe take a shower in some holly water. That’s the ‘Altar boy’ in me talking (yes, I was an altar boy).

As many of you may know, in November we lost our Bella girl at 15 years old. It was so hard and painful to see her go. Truth be told, she had a better life then me. I want to come back as her. I still can’t believe that 15 years passed so quickly. To get another dog was so hard because our hearts were still hurting. In April, Dina found Pickles, and we drove to Tennessee to see her. Well, Pickles was a cute little thing and we took her. We had the Vet check her and give her shots as needed. She brought joy and fun back into our lives. It was as if Bella sent her to us. She had such an amazing personality and was a great companion. The “Triple P” (Pickles Petunia Parise), was doing tricks, sleeping on my pillow as soon as I got out of bed, just funny things. We brought her in for a ‘basic procedure’ but she never woke up in recovery. We found out she was a very sick little girl. Her organs were compromised and it went undetected. Some people will say it’s ‘only a dog’ or ‘she had issues before you got her’, move on. For us She was Pickles Petunia Parise. She was part of this family. So, the guilt we feel for not finding this sooner eats at us. I wish we could have done more for her. 7-month-old PPP will be missed dearly. Thank you to everyone for all the comments. She seemed to make an impression on so many! Dina has created The Pickles Project. It is going to be a new web site for Pet owners, with tons of information. Everything you can think of. So, keep an eye out for ThePicklesProject.com! You know Dina when she is on a mission you best watch out! You can already find the Pickles Project on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

As I said before, if this racing thing were easy, everyone would be doing it. Not many really know just how we roll, so here goes….. Let’s talk crew. At the shop, it’s me and myself. Yes, both of us work on the car, load the car, entire trailer and take care of everything. We have got it down to a science. We get all the parts ready, wash the rig and even put the food in the motorhome. Not every trip is ‘load and go’. Take our trip to Huntsville Dragway for example. As we go to leave for the Huntsville Match race, I begin to pull out of the shop and BAM; a flat tire on the trailer. Well, that would have been an ugly one so I am glad it happened in the shop. We change the tire (our friend Russell was with us to help crew) and must go find a spare. That took 3 hours because it seems everything in Georgia that is considered ‘just down the road’ is in actuality, an hour away. As we go to leave for the second time, the EGR decides to say, “sorry I am not going to work.” Oh, did I mention? It’s brand new. So, Russell and I pull it apart and fix it while Dina does a Live Video and annoys us. Finally, we get on the road. In the end, Dina did win 2 out of 3 races, and the crowd was amazing. So, a negative became a positive!

 

Unfortunately, now our Motorhome has been in and out of the Freightliner shop for weeks. Once again, we are told it is all fixed. While driving down Route 24, (in the Tennessee mountains) we encounter a huge downhill slope (not uncommon). When suddenly, the engine light comes on and panic sets in. It only gets worse when the big light comes on saying ‘Shutting Down’ as we see the sign coming up that says Sharpe curve 45mph. I am holding the override button till my finger turns blue, but the truck says, “sorry that won’t help you.” Luckily, we made it to the bottom of the hill. I thought Dina was going to need to be resuscitated though. My guess is it was Stella (the Grandmother, not the car) was playing games with the truck. On the way back home from the race I noticed the brakes were not working properly on the trailer. Which is odd, considering, I maintain them properly. This trip just gets better and better. So, we pull into Pilot and we had no brake fluid in the reservoir. No big deal, right? Fill it up, right? Well, we come to find out that we broke a brake line on the trailer. As I said, I’m crazy with maintenance, so I have spares. Although, I don’t know why I would even have this? But, easy fix. Being it was 98 degrees outside, and I couldn’t get the line off easily, made for a miserable hour and half. Finally got back on the road.

 

Next, we head out to the NMCA race at Route 66 Raceway. Again, we are told the truck has been ‘fixed’. We also had the generator in the truck serviced (professionally). All maintenance done (again) and we are off and running (so we think).Suddenly, the truck is smoking like a chimney (from the exhaust), so much so that it appears to be on fire! Yes, you read that correctly. Other motorists are beeping at us, while pointing and waiving. Just embarrassing. We get about 5 miles out from the track and BAM, the truck begins to go into shutdown mode. Did I mention, it’s pouring down rain so hard, that we couldn’t even see 5 feet in front of us. Again, I hit the override button (until my finger turns blue) for the next five miles, and thankfully, we arrive safely. We do owe a big thank you to Gino Cavallo of Chicago Intermodal Trucking for swinging by to assist us as well as he could.

 

Now it’s time to relax a bit and turn the (just fresh from service) generator on to cool off. It ran for 10 minutes and BAM, it shuts off. Really? Is this a test in life? Well, let’s just say, MacGyver has nothing on me. I hooked up a battery charger to the fuel pump in the generator and it ran for 3 days with no issues. Stella on the other hand fought back a bit, but we kept moving forward. We qualified #13 out of 28 cars. Not too bad even after struggling, although, we went out first round. But, we made progress.

 

After a weekend of racing, we begin the journey home. We were a few hours into the trip and as I started to pull off the road for fuel, BOOM! A rear tire blew out in the truck. Not only did the tire blow, but the tire takes out the radiator on the generator as well. The hits keep coming! Unfortunately, more added, unexpected expenses. 3 hours waiting for a new tire, (in 100-degree heat) did I mention that the air conditioning in the truck does not work at idle? Ya, there’s that (but the truck is fixed, right?). Finally, back on the road again. An hour from the shop the truck decides to say, ‘you can’t go home just yet’, and goes into shutdown mode yet again. We FINALLY arrived at the shop and unloaded at 430am. We went home to have some pizza and refreshments at 5:30am. Was this dinner or breakfast? We were not sure. We took the truck back to the dealer, again the next day. Oh, well actually, that day!

 

It was not long after that, we lost Pickles. It just seemed as if things were going from bad to worse. So much happening at once, and not too much of it in the positive column.

 

For me, the nickname T.O.G. (the other guy) is well earned! As you can see, this life may not seem so glamorous  at times, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Maybe it would be a bit better with a couple million in the bank and me driving again, but it’s amazing just the same. That couple million sure would help though. About me driving again, well, that’s on hold. As a team, we have decided to focus on getting Stella back to winning again, work on ROI for our current marketing partners, as well as acquiring new partners. Trust me, I want to race more than anything, but this is a team decision. I don’t know who has it harder me watching or Dina having to deal with me driving from behind the car (and in her ear). Probably, Dina. That is why I think my crew radio is now on a different channel, so she can’t hear me anymore. But for now, I am just happy to be part of the team and drive Dina CRAZY. It’s what I live for!

 

My craziness is what keeps me going. It’s what keeps us going! We have had hardships in our life as of late, but I put it in perspective. So many are suffering due to Mother Nature’s wrath. We have a roof over our head. Although, I am hunting for outside employment, we are making it work.

 

T.O.G. Out!    

Rev Up Hurricane Relief

Mother nature has shown us how powerful she can be too many times. Unfortunately, the Parise’s have experience dealing with her in a Hurricane situation. They still lived on Long Island when Superstorm Sandy hit in 2012. It was the most horrifying experience of their lives. They watched family and friends lose their homes and much of what they owned. They know some that are still not back in their homes today. It’s an ongoing process to rebuild.

Post Sandy, they did quite a bit of fundraising and collection of items for their fellow residents. The campaign was called ‘Rev Up Sandy Relief’. Feel free to read about it by clicking the links provided. http://dinapariseracing.com/dprs-rev-up-sandy-releif-campaign/ http://dinapariseracing.com/dina-parise-racing-rev-up-and-bounce-back-after-sandy/ http://dinapariseracing.com/dina-parise-racing-rev-up-sandy-relief-where-are-we-now/

The time has arisen again, with the unfortunate task of having to ‘fundraise’ by collecting items to assist those affected by recent Hurricane activity (with Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma). This is a time when we all need to work together to help our fellow Americans. It’s about the people and the pets, never forget the pets! Imagine you lost everything. Where do you start to rebuild? It’s a frightening thought for all of us.

To try to help ease the pain of the loss residents have endured, Dina Parise Racing has teamed up with Carolina NT Small Tire Racing. Andrew and Dina along with Lance Stanford and Travis Harvey will be on hand collecting items at the Carolina NT Small Tire Racing event on September 16th at Galot Motorsports Park. The Parise’s will have their trailer on hand to load up items, and will leave the week following the race to drop off items. The location is yet to be determined and will of course be announced.

 Items being collected are listed here.Please adhere to the list, thank you.

To kick off the ‘Rev Up Hurricane Relief’ campaign, Dina Parise Racing will be accepting donations here in Georgia until (no later than) September 20th! If you would like to drop off items, here’s the address:

Rev Up Harvey Relief (Dina Parise Racing)

19 Venture Lane

Cleveland, Ga 30528

We encourage you all to donate items AND take in some great drag racing, be sure to get to Galot Motorsports Park on September 16th for the Carolina NT Small Tire Racing event! Load up the car and bring the family! Gates open at 12PM for spectators (9AM for Racers)! When donating you will receive a FREE 50/50 ticket!

So, get together with your friends and neighbors! Collect those items and choose the way you would like us to receive them! Either way, we appreciate your help and thank you in advance!

For more information please visit:

   Dina Parise Racing: http://dinapariseracing.com/

                                   AND

   Carolina NT Small Tire Racing Production: https://www.facebook.com/Carolina-NT-Small-Tire-Racing-Production-

Dina Parise Racing gearing up for Fleet Week NYC!

Honoring our Military. This is a time-honored tradition with the Dina Parise Racing team. One of the events that top’s this teams list is Fleet Week NYC!

 Fleet Week is a U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Coast Guard tradition in which active military ships recently deployed in overseas operations dock in cities (such as New York) for one week. Once the ships dock, the crews can visit its tourist attractions and enjoy various activities.

Dina Parise and her husband Andrew are originally from New York, but now reside in Georgia. “We are happy to make the (800-mile) trip for this event.” Said Dina Parise “Getting to thank our Military Members in person is what it’s all about.”

With the assistance of their marketing partners as well as other sources, the DPR team is proud to have obtained various items to fill 200 ‘Gift Bags’ to pass on to our Military Members. Just a small token of appreciation for the sacrifice they make. “Everyone we reached out to was more than happy to donate items.” Said Parise. “This is something we would like to continue in the future, and expand.”

DPR will be appearing on Pier 86 at the Intrepid Museum, from May 27th – 29th (10am-6pm all days). Pier 86 is filled with interactive displays, hands-on learning opportunities, performances and more! DPR’s display will also be interactive. The team will have a ‘Christmas Tree’ (drag racing timing system) for attendees to try their hand at for ‘Reaction Time’, just like the racers use! Admission to the Pier 86 activities are free, and General Admission will be charged to enjoy the museum. DPR suggests you take advantage of the museum! For more event information visit: http://dinapariseracing.com/event/dpr-appearing-at-fleet-week-nyc/

The team hopes to see you all out there enjoying the festivities, taking advantage of the interactive displays and above all taking the time to say, ‘Thank You’ to those serving in the military.

Items provided by the following: NGK, CRC, Lucas Oil, NMCA (Pro Media), Pro Things, Darlington Dragway, Wiseco and John Wayne Cancer Foundation.Christmas (timing) Tree provided by: Motorsports Engine.The team would like to thank: Quarter Mile Foundation for their assistance.

The DPR team continues to push the envelope in every way. From performance to detail this team acknowledges and does it all. DPR has joined forces with Endotech LLC, a company that creates and distributes cutting edge energy saving products aimed at reducing energy usage and demand. With increasing fuel and energy costs, businesses all over the country can utilize the savings! Stella runs well and safely with products from as NGK Spark Plugs, Lucas Oil, Speedwire Systems, Wiseco, Hoosier Racing Tire and DJ Safety. She sparkles and the team looks great because of the products provided by CRC Auto and Pro Things. The DPR website looks great and runs efficiently thanks to the professionals at Crank It Media.Please visit http://dinapariseracing.com/marketing-partners . There you will find more information regarding the companies listed as well as some *special offers*! The team encourages you to try the products and services these companies offer. The fact remains that they do use them all. That is the best recommendation! The DPR team would like to thank all their Marketing Partners for their continued support!

 

Are you looking for a fresh, new exciting platform to market your company product or service? Contact DPR at Marketing@DinaPariseRacing.com for more information. There is still time to be a part of the 2017 season!

Get Social: Be sure to join the DPR team on all their Social Media! Their Website will show you the way! For all things DPR please visit http://dinapariseracing.com/   Parise has quite a bit on her plate for the upcoming season on the track and off. Be sure to follow along on Social Media to keep up with it all!

 

Visit: http://Intrepidmuseum.org/  for more information regarding Fleet Week NYC and more.

Story by DPR

Photo courtesy: Killer Instinct Photos