Our Causes

For Parise Racing, it is not just about getting to the stripe first; it’s the road you take to get there. The Parise’s believe that when you are fortunate in your life, it is good to give back. We support several causes and have incorporated raising funds for these important causes into our racing program.

Chew on This……….

So it has been a while since I have blogged. I have not smelled much burning rubber lately and I am missing my fans right now! Being famous really is a tough gig.

I have been kickin’ back at the Parise Casa. I have plenty of bones to chew and Mom and Dad read me my ‘fan mail’ often. HHMMM… Sometimes I think I get more ‘fan mail than they do, but don’t tell them that!

This past weekend, I got to go to Grandma and Grandpa’s for a sleepover! I had a great time. But Grandma makes me sleep with a Jeff Gordon blanket. I love her and all, but doesn’t she know Mommy and Daddy don’t make left turns? I’ve tried to tell her, but she does not understand Pugeese.

So, I went to Grandma’s because Mommy and Daddy were at  zMax Dragway  for the NHRA,  4 Wide Nationals! I am a bit upset about that because I didn’t get to go and see my peeps! They seem to think it’s all about them…..Sheesh!
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A New Year, A New Perspective

Well, we are on to a New Year  and more racing news is going to be written, new facebook peeps are going to be added and life is just going to continue.. Many people look forward to the New Year for a new start .

With a New Year most everyone have big hopes and dreams to change themselves or the world while others sit back and are happy the way life is going. For Parise and Parise, it is the end of the chapter of our book with a new book and new chapters to be written. 2011 was a year much different then we wanted, it had it ups and downs but for the most part it was just a bit tough.

A lot of American people fought to keep their homes, jobs, food on the table for their family and just trying to keep their heads above water.  We were (and are still) in a war loosing soldiers everyday.  So when to have a tough year of drag racing it really isn’t that bad after all.

For Parise Racing, Dina Parise had a crash at Maryland International Raceway this year. It seems MIR does not like 63’ Corvettes , especially Dina’s! Dina and Fifi both felt the wrath of MIR as well as Barney Squires loosing a door in Fifi’s car racing Andrew Parise.Of course none of that is a comment on the track. Royce runs a Top Notch facility!

The year was not just tough on Parise Racing but just racing in general. The North East Pro Mod had more rainouts than racing this year. Steve King crashed at Maple Grove raceway and Bruce Mullins had an accident in his newly redone ’63 Corvette. It was a tough year for a lot teams but more important we are here to give each other hell about it.  For others, they gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be missed. Of course Burt Jackson comes to mind.

At the same time, we had a lot of new happenings. Pro Mod Turbo. I know. But you have to give credit to  Brad Personett for starting us on the turbo road. New technology is always great, I am all for change. ProLine Engines, then goes out and starts making it look easy. Running 5. 8’s like a bracket car. Blower cars are turned down to 14.5, with a weight break for converter cars, oh this is after we sold all our automatic parts. So we go out and buy it all over again, then the Mike Janis rule comes out. No weight break for converter cars. More NHRA rules, carbon fiber brakes all around and automatic shut off system. Our heads were spinning as fast as the wheels!

The last big happening in 2011, Matt Hagan is the 2011 Champion in Funny car and has the 3.99 record. Remember that Funny Car Champion Matt Hagan, was once……..a Pro Mod driver!

So lets get the gossip out of the way for Parise Racing, as most of you have seen Andrew’s ’53 is for sale. Running two cars is not as easy as everybody thinks on a shoestring budget with limited crewmembers.  If we obtain the marketing partner we need then we might have two cars in 2012. As for what series well, this is still to be determined.

With the NHRA rules for 2012, we have a lot of work to do to be competitive.  The competition is very tough Danny Rowe, Mike Knowles, Jeg Coughlin, Mike Janis and our good friend Pete Farber. These teams as well as many others are just flat out fast.  But as people know we are a very competitive team that does not like to watch from the bleachers.  So time will tell where and what we will be doing.

So for Parise Racing we will start a new book with its blank pages . The Book is named Opportunity and the first Chapter is called New Year’s Day 2012. Stayed tuned for 2012 and what it brings. Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy New Year from our family to yours!

What can be said in New Year rhymes,
That’s not been said a thousand times?
The new years come, the old years go,
We know we dream, we dream we know.
We rise up laughing with the light,
We lie down weeping with the night.
We hug the world until it stings,
We curse it then and sigh for wings.
We live, we love, we woo, we wed,
We wreathe our prides, we sheet our dead.
We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
And that’s the burden of a year.


December 7th, 1941. The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. That attack brought the U.S. into WWII. September 11 , 2001 there were a series of attacks on U.S. soil .Those attacks then brought us to war in Afghanistan and beyond. It is said that September 11th is this generations Pearl Harbor.
It seems that unless we are ‘directly affected’ by a situation, we forget about it. It seems that if we are in the midst of a situation we are willing to do something, yet that feeling seems to fade with time. It’s a flaw this country has. It is the unfortunate result of our being forgetful. We forget how lucky we are. We forget how invaluable our freedom really is. Therefore we forget how priceless the Men and Women of the Armed Forces are. Honor, service, sacrifice; those are words they live and die by to protect our Freedom. The Freedom we tend to take for granted.
Many have fought; come back injured physically, mentally, or not come back at all. It’s quite a price to pay to preserve to the Freedoms and rights we all enjoy every day. Somehow it makes complaining about the ‘small stuff’ seem senseless doesn’t it?
Well, rather than complaining, how about doing! Our Men and Women of the Armed Services need OUR support! Now during Holiday time, and all throughout the year as well! So, here is a challenge for ALL of you!
Parise Racing in association with Ret. Master Chief Lee McKinney need you all to get involved with the ‘Support For Troops’ Program and then, ‘Pay it Forward’ by sharing it with a friend, posting it on your Social Media, get your race team involved ; however you want to share it! Here’s what you do!
Just visit http://pariseracing.com/ and click the ‘Support for Troops’ Box for all the information! You can send a care package to Afghanistan to support the Troops. It’s an APO, so no worries, shipping is a breeze (USPS only)! There are many items to send, and please do not forget the Women too! Then ‘Pay it Forward’!! That’s it! Now get going !
Please do not forget… ~FREEDOM is NOT FREE~
Story by Dina Parise/Parise Racing

Veterans Day and Giving Support to Those Left Behind

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Many older Americans may understand the significance of that time and date before a younger American would. So, pay attention young ones! This is how Veteran’s Day began, and we as a whole need to keep this part of history fresh for generations to come.

November 11th, 1918. It was the end if ‘The Great War’ ,or as we all know it World War 1.Three years later following a dedication at the tomb of the ‘Unknown Soldier’ at Arlington National Cemetery, communities began to recognize ‘Armistice Day’ with parades and speeches, until Congress declared November 11th a Federal holiday in 1938, ‘a day dedicated to the cause of world peace’. In 1954 the act of 1938 was amended by striking the word ‘Armistice’ and adding the word ‘Veterans’. From then on November 11th became a day to honor American Veterans of all wars as well as in peacetime. And there you have it ; Veterans Day in a nutshell.

If you know Parise Racing, you know every day is Veterans Day (Memorial Day etc.) according to this team! At Parise Racing, it is recognized that honoring our Veterans one or two days a year is not enough. It should be done on a regular basis. The members of our US Military sacrifice so much to protect our freedom. Sometimes, unfortunately they make the ultimate sacrifice.

On October 29th Parise Racing was to attend the ‘Rumble in the Park’ event at Virginia Motorsports Park. It was to be the final event of the year for the Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association, but it never happened. Unfortunately, as Mother Nature had done quite a bit this year, she hailed an unrelenting two days of cold and rain over Petersburg, Virginia causing the cancellation of not only the race but a very special day that was planned in honor of a ‘True Hero’.

That ‘True Hero’ is 1st SGT. Billy J.Siercks. When Billy was home from deployment, he was very much like the rest of us. He was a 32. He was a Dad, a Husband, and a best friend. He enjoyed spending time with his family. Teaching his older son to ride Dirt Bikes and doing wheelies. You know, big guy, kids’ stuff. Then there was Billy the soldier. Since joining the Army in 1997 he was deployed 5 times to places such as: Bosnia, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan twice .His awards and decorations far exceeded his young age. Those awards included 3 Bronze Stars (1 with Valor), 2 Purple Hearts and the list goes on. There are just too many to mention. His second trip to Afghanistan is where he ultimately lost his life just this past September. He left behind a wife and two very young sons, (ages 7 and 3) the younger of the two with a severe medical issue. To make matters worse for this family, due to a backup at Arlington Cemetery, he will not be laid to rest until this coming week just before Veterans Day. So the healing has not yet begun.

October 29th was to be the 1st SGT. Billy J. Siercks Memorial Race and fundraiser for the Billy Siercks Memorial Fund. All proceeds going directly to the fund established on behalf of his two young sons. The day was to pay tribute to Billy as a father, a husband, a son, a sibling, a friend and of course a Soldier. In paying tribute to Billy, there was an amazing pre-race ceremony planned! A FULL Honor Guard courtesy of the Petersburg and Carson Fire Departments was planned. The National Anthem was to be sung by SPC Marybeth Hightower of the Fort Lee Army Band. The Vietnam Vets MC USA planned on traveling from New Jersey just to support the event and volunteer. The Red Knights MC planned on volunteering their time to collect donations. A local Junior Dragster racer (Chad Logan) chose to forego his race at another track to participate in the event. Lunch was to be provided by Roger Hedrick of Outback Steakhouse in Colonial Heights (Roger and Outback, Rock!) Virginia Motorsports Park had planned to really pump up the fundraiser all day, and was on board with all the details. All were convinced it would have been a great success.

Since the window of opportunity for this fundraiser was closed by Mother Nature, it is now being re-opened again by Parise Racing! Below is the direct mailing address for the Billy Siercks Memorial Fund. As stated earlier, ALL PROCEEDS go directly to the fund. Again, established on behalf of his two boys (ages 7 and 3) the younger battling medical issues. Let’s help them gain some security for the future. Billy paid the ultimate price for our freedom; it’s time to show him (and his family) we appreciate all he has done.

If you would like to make a donation please send checks to:

Billy Siercks Memorial Fund

c/o PNC Bank

10261 Bristow Center Drive

Bristow, VA  20136

(Make checks payable to Billy Siercks Memorial Fund)

Your donations are greatly appreciated!

Please take time out this week to ‘Thank a Veteran’. Go to a VA Hospital, a VFW hall, an AMVET Post or wherever you may find a Veteran. Take the time to say ‘Thank You ’ .You will be glad you did, and so will they!

Parise Racing would like to thank the following for their assistance with this event:

Virginia Motorsports Park http://www.vmpdrag.com/drag/ , Trey Dotson,

Outback Steakhouse in Colonial Heights, Va.(Roger Hedrick, Proprietor) http://www.outback.com/restaurant/locations/va/colonial-heights/colonial-heights/index.aspx  , Petersburg Fire Dept. , Carson Fire Dept., Kim Hall, Mark Talbott, Vietnam Vets MC USA, Fort Lee Army Band, USA Auto Supply.

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We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.  ~Cynthia Ozick

Story by Parise Racing