Dina Parise Takes another Hit at MIR…

(Oakdale,NY) – Ever hear the saying, ‘When it rains it pours?’ Well it’s comin’ down in buckets in the Parise Racing camp! Just when you think things can’t get any worse…

It began just TRYING to get out of New York. Somewhere along the line, Andrew and Dina became the poster people for Murphy’s Law. If it could break, spill, crack or fall off…..it did. Then there was the traffic. It was like a mass exodus to leave Long Island! Where were these people going? Didn’t they know the team was already late and needed to get to Maryland International Raceway for the Mountain Motor Nationals and Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association race? Guess not.

Parise Racing Team 2011

Once the team finally arrived at the track they got to work to prep for Friday’s test and tune and qualifying rounds.

Andrew and Dina both made a few hits in their ’53 and ’63 Corvettes (respectively). This was Dina’s first time back to MIR since her crash last August. “I felt OK. I was happy that the test session was in the left lane.” Stated Dina Parise  “I needed to just get out there and do it.”

In the first qualifying round it was Parise VS. Parise . “It’s the way we love to race.” Stated Andrew Parise “We love to meet at the tree. She left on me, I saw her and then she was gone. I got to top end and saw flashing lights. Not the way to end a race with anyone, let alone ; your wife .I damn near fired my car back up to get to her, but  Jeff Miller made me get on his scooter. In my head for one thing, I knew that Jason Miller and MIR safety were taking good care of her.”

“Really?Again?” Stated Dina. “That’s all I could say to myself. Even the damage looks the same. At this point the level of frustration is insurmountable. We barely had enough funds to race, and now this. It’s heartbreaking. I can say this; I treed him, and I had him, until it went south, and at that point, I had qualified (although we still had three more sessions to go). So I have that going for me!” She laughs.

Even given the circumstances, the team still had a job to do, and a Vettes for Vets program to run. Saturday came and did not present the best racing weather, but the rain was holding off, for now.

On hand for Parise Racing’s Vettes for Vets program were USMC Quantico personnel. Thanks to MIR, Royce Miller, Jason Miller, Bryan Starner and the staff. The guests had a great time and were treated to a round of applause by the crowd as well! Thank you also to Rustic River Bar and Grill for their support and great food!

As always the team would like to thank their crew. Crew Chief Dave Jordan, and Crew members James Montana, Jody Lupton, Butch Branzelle and Corey Branzelle.

As far as racing, we were able to get in three more rounds of qualifying.  Andrew was to run Tim O’Hare in first round eliminations and wouldn’t you know it…….it poured down rain. That ended the event. How appropriate…. ‘When it rains it pours’…..

Thank You to our sponsors for their support: NGK,USA Auto Supply, LAT Racing Oils, Hoosier Tire, Custom Wire Sets. All links and information can be found here: http://pariseracing.com/ Click on the sponsor tab.

Special thank you to:

Maryland International Raceway    http://www.mirdrag.com/

Rustic River Bar and Grill                 http://www.rusticriver.net/


Parise Racing Heads to Mountain Motor Nationals at MIR

(Oakdale,N.Y.) – April showers bring May flowers. That is the saying, right?  Well, as we all know, in this industry of racing, the only thing that smells better than a fresh cut flower is burning rubber!

Parise Racing cars at VMP 2011

The Parise team has gotten a late start this season. None the less the team is ready to compete. Having finally tested, and prepared both Dina and Andrew Parise are feeling confident. The most unfortunate drawback for the team this season is the lack of sponsorship backing. “We appreciate and are proud to represent our current sponsors, but we are in need of additional assistance to keep our team afloat.” Stated Dina Parise. “We hope that we can keep running the team as we currently do, but we may be facing the possibility of some changes. Through it all, we will continue to support our Vettes for Vets program as well as working with MS. We are fortunate to even do what we are doing, and never forget that. Ultimately, it’s what keeps you grounded.”

For now, we are ready to go! First stop is Maryland International Raceway for the Mountain Motor Nationals and Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association Race on May 13th and 14th ! This Annual Event is always full of tons of Horsepower and heart stopping action! Dina will be running her ’63 Pro Mod Corvette and Andrew will be running his ’53 Pro Mod Corvette.  This will be the first event showcasing Andrew’s NEW paint scheme!

Don’t forget you can catch Parise Racing the LIVE FEED from the Pits at the Mountain Motor Nationals! See the team Live on UStream ; http://www.ustream.tv/channel/parise-racing beginning Saturday morning.

Along with racing, the Parise team will have some special guests cheering them on. As part of the Vettes for Vets program, the team has personnel from the USMC Quantico, and Veterans that are Wounded Warrior Project alumni. With the assistance of MIR, Royce Miller, Bryan Starner and Rustic River Bar and Grill the guests will be provided with a fun, free day of racing in the comfort of a tower suite as well as some  great food! It is the Parise Racing team’s way of saying ‘Thank You’ for your service and sacrifice.

We hope that by now you have had the chance to view Parise Racing new and improved website!  http://pariseracing.com/ We have added many new features, and lots of great information!

Parise Racing is proud to represent the companies that support them .Please be sure to visit our sponsor tab, to learn a bit about the sponsors of the team ; http://pariseracing.com/sponsors/ . The team would like to thank the following their sponsors for the support; NGK, USA Auto Supply, LAT Racing Oils, JE Pistons and Custom Wire Sets.

Parise Racing encourages anyone interested in sponsoring the team to contact them by visiting here; http://pariseracing.com/contact/ . Let  Parise Racing work for you!

See you at the races!

Special Thank You to:

Maryland International Raceway   http://www.mirdrag.com/

Rustic River Bar and Grill                 http://www.rusticriver.net/


The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

That’s right folks! Bella Booda here! It’s finally that time of the year! Racing season! Have you missed me? Mommy has been hogging up the computer with this whole Website Re-Launch, thingy, so I have been getting lots of naps in! Have you checked out the *NEW and Improved* Website? I’m hearing it’s looking very cool! But, what do I know, since I’m a dog and all!

So….SSSHHHHHH, I have been snooping around out in the shop and WOW! Things are looking good! Daddy painted his car! It looks a lot like the things that fly in the air, you know…planes! Very cool! Uncle Dave has been working very hard putting lots of parts together. I don’t know how he does it. I can’t watch for too long. When I do, I need a snack and a nap!

I finally got to be a co-pilot again in the Motor Home! First we went to a place where the cars were inside. That confused me, but I had fun in my Junior Dragster Stroller anyway! We were at the Northeast Custom Car Show! I had to use my cuteness to help raise donations for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society! I’m cute, so it works! Did you know you can donate to the teams causes right here on the website? Here, Mommy gave me the link; http://pariseracing.com/our-causes/ . Just go to the link and click on the cause!

The show was so much fun! Lots of people said hello to me! But, I am not used to being inside, or to it being so quiet! So, I waited. I waited to see Mommy start cooking and putting food in those big trays…..Finally! I see it! Lots of food, packing the Motor Home! We are going racing! Yahoo!

We went to one of my favorite places! Virginia MotorSports Park! I have lots of friends there!  I got to sit outside in my stroller, and listen to the roar of the motors! I know what you are thinking; “a dog, at a racetrack, and loud motors?” YES! Guess what? I can hang with the big boys (and girls). I am a Professional Pro Mod Puppy! So, you can usually find me hanging around in the pits.

Start them up….shut them down….start them up…shut them down……Go out for a run….come back….go out for a run….come back…. I was getting dizzy! I forgot what testing was like! Lots of starting and stopping. Then the Burst Panel thingy popped on Mommy’s car! Not sure what that is, but they took pictures! Wanna see? Look in here; http://pariseracing.com/photos/testing/ Then we had some soldiers visit too! I liked them! They are in the photos too!

So, another season begins, and I will be seeing from my point of view again! I hope you enjoy my ‘Puppy pit reports’ again this season! I hope to see you all at the track! I will be back soon , but now I’m gonna take a nap! This Blog stuff is exhausting!


Bella Booda


Parise Racing- It’s all about the ‘RE’-Launch!

Parise Racing is constantly looking to improve the team and remain highly visible for its marketing partners. With that in mind, Parise Racing (in association with Stinger Sports Marketing ) is proud to announce the re- launch of the Parise Racing Website http://pariseracing.com/ .

“This was quite an undertaking, and has been in the works for a while,” stated Dina Parise. “Many late nights, numerous conversations and plenty of research took place for our new and improved web site. I’m very proud of the outcome.”

The ‘new and improved’ site has more content, easy navigation and an added feature the team is especially excited about; a Veterans Resources tab.

Be sure to check out the team’s ‘our causes’ section. The team continues to support the Wounded Warrior Project as well as the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and also has created its own Vettes for Vets Project. The team encourages everyone to click on the ‘Donate Now’ button of their favorite charity and make a donation! It’s safe , quick and easy!

Please be sure to visit our sponsor tab, to learn a bit about them. We want to thank our sponsors for their support, and we encourage anyone interested in sponsoring the Parise Racing team to contact them!

Parise Racing is proud to represent the companies that support them. The team would like to welcome:

NGK www.ngksparkplugs.com

LAT Racing Oils – www.latracingoils.com

USA Auto Supply – www.usaautosupply.com/store/index.php

Custom Wire Sets – www.customwiresets.com/home.php JE Pistons – www.jepistons.com

Browell Bell Housing – www.browellbellhousing.com

Bradco Engineering

Motorsports Unlimited

R&R Racing Products – www.rrconnectingrods.com

Stinger Sports Marketing- www.stingersports.com

Parise Racing would like to thank everyone for their continued support.

*Story and photo by Parise Racing



At Parise Racing, everything that is done tends to have a significant meaning. Along with that meaning, comes the responsibility of a bit of research. Andrew and Dina Parise are very proud of this latest creation, and felt the need to share a bit of background. So, here goes.

The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk was an American single-engine, single-seat, all-metal fighter and ground attack aircraft that first flew in 1938. From late 1941, the P-40B was used by the Flying Tigers. The Flying Tigers, known officially as the 1st American Volunteer Group, were a unit of the Chinese Air Force, recruited from U.S. aviators. The AVG was highly successful, and its feats were widely-published, to boost a declining public morale at home. According to their official records, in just 6 1/2 months, the Flying Tigers destroyed 297 enemy aircraft for the loss of just four of their own (in air-to-air combat).

With those facts in mind, Dina Parise (with the help of The Shop) created the NEW paint just unveiled at the Northeast Rod and Custom Car Show. The paint scheme was a hit! Many of the fans were waiting to see the new paint and stated that they were not disappointed! “The detail is intricate and there is so much to see, without being cluttered.”, someone stated. The team met former pilots and Air Force members at the show, who also stated their appreciation for the detail. Visit the Parise Racing Photo gallery for photos!

Brian Lutz and the Northeast Rod and Custom Car Show staff did a fantastic job with the show, and the team would like to thank them for the invitation to be featured at the show. With over 300 show quality cars, there was much to see!

But, enough about standing still, it’s time to go racing! The Parise’s are ready for another season! Andrew will again be ‘piloting’ and putting up some great numbers in his ’53 Corvette Pro Mod, now with that amazing new paint! Dina will of course be running great numbers, herself in her ’63 Pro Mod Corvette, as always inspired by the US Military .Please visit the Parise Racing website for scheduling information. Keep checking, as the schedule will change periodically.

The team will keep everyone posted regarding upcoming events. Be on the lookout for more news!

The team is moving forward with the 2011 racing season, but could still use sponsors to make things happen! Let our team make your name shine! Join us today! As a husband and wife team, we are sure to gain the attention your company deserves! Contact us!

For more information about Parise Racing of for Sponsorship Opportunities please visit: http://www.pariseracing.com/

Parise Racing can also be found at:



In this economy, sponsorships can be elusive. Parise Racing is proud to represent the companies that support them. The team would like to welcome back NGK for another great year of racing. They have supported our team for over 5 years now and it is a strong relationship.

The team would also like to welcome: USA Auto Supply, LAT Racing Oils, Custom Wire Sets ,JE Pistons, Browell Bell Housing , Bradco Engineering ,Motorsports Unlimited , R&R Racing Products

Parise Racing would like to thank everyone for their continued support. The team looks forward to representing them throughout the season and beyond!

*Story courtesy Parise Racing

*Photos courtesy Allen Dobbs



The longest, most snowy winter on record in recent memory is finally about to be left behind! Parise Racing will finally be getting the cars out of the shop. First stop for this husband and wife Pro Mod team is the Northeast Rod and Custom Car show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks March 25th -27th.

Not the roar of racing you say? True. But, sometimes getting to take the time to look over these amazing race cars, in a new environment is a good thing. It can open up the world of Drag Racing to those who may never have thought about going to a race. Fans can equate this environment to watching a sleeping beast. The next time they see these cars, the beasts will have awakened and they will be loud and fast! It will make that next trip (or the first trip) to the track, that much more enjoyable!

The Parise’s 1953 and 1963 Military Themed Corvette Pro mods are two feature cars at the show. Others include Jerry Hunt with ‘Studezilla’, Ken Hall and the ‘Top Secret’ Jet Funny Car, Team Frantic Ford Funny Cars and Horace Reinford with ‘Moose too’ 1927 Ford Roadster. Along with the feature vehicles, there will be many other celebrity appearances as well. From models Krista Elyse and Jessica Barton, to former Philadelphia Flyers Dave ‘The Hammer’ Shultz ,Brian Propp, and Bernie Parent; Philadelphia Eagles Lesean ‘Shady’ McCoy and Ike Reese ; as well as Danny Bonaduce and Russ Newbury (from the ‘ Deadliest Catch’),there will be something for everyone! For more information visit http://www.northeastcustomcarshow.com/ . Be sure to view the ‘celebrities’ page for bios and photos of Dina and Andrew Parise and all others previously mentioned!

The time has finally come for the unveiling of Andrew’s new paint scheme! “The guys at ‘The Shop’ definitely recognized my vision.” Stated Dina Parise. “I spoke with Chuck, and told him what I wanted to see. Together, we came to the final product. Forget the fact that it is Andrew’s car, I’m not even sure he knew what it was going to look like!” She laughs. “I must admit, this is the best way to get the fans to see the car for the first time. There is so much detail to see, they can take it all in.”

In case you missed it, here is a video with a sneak peek of the new paint, check it out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLuiprov-os&feature=channel_video_title

The Parise Racing Corvettes have gained popularity in part, because of the paint schemes on both cars. The P-40 Fighter plane theme on Andrew’s Corvette has been a crowd favorite .Essentially that has not changed. It has just been taken to the next level! “We are excited to have the opportunity to unveil the new paint in this forum.” Stated Andrew Parise. “Of course the track is our comfort zone, but it is nice once in a while to get to really talk to the fans. 2,400 horsepower in your ear, can make that a bit difficult at times!”

Parise Racing is planning on running a LIVE FEED on UStream from the show! Just as they do on race weekends! Andrew and Dina will try to bring some special guests by during the weekend! You can find UStream on the Parise Racing website homepage, or here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/parise-racing .

Giving back has always been a big part of Parise Racing. Even if the team is not racing, the fundraising continues. They have been advocates for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for many years now, by raising donations and awareness for this debilitating disease. The Parise’s will be collecting donations for MS at the Northeast Rod and Custom Car Show. If you are not going to the show and would like to make a donation, visit http://www.pariseracing.com/causes.php and just click on the ‘Donate Now’ button! It’s that easy and it’s safe! Remember, March 25th is World MS Day! Join the movement!

The team is moving forward with the 2011 racing season, but could still use sponsors to make things happen! Let our team make your name shine! Join us today!

For more information about Parise Racing of for Sponsorship Opportunities please visit: http://www.pariseracing.com/

Parise Racing can also be found at:



The team will be making updates to FaceBook and Twitter from the show! Don’t miss it!

In this economy, sponsorships can be elusive. Parise Racing is proud to represent the companies that support them. The team would like to welcome back NGK (www.ngksparkplugs.com ) for another great year of racing. They have supported our team for over 5 years now and it is a strong relationship.

The team would also like to welcome:

LAT Racing Oils – www.latracingoils.com

USA Auto Supply – www.usaautosupply.com/store/index.php

Custom Wire Sets – www.customwiresets.com/home.php

JE Pistons – www.jepistons.com

Browell Bell Housing – www.browellbellhousing.com

Bradco Engineering

Motorsports Unlimited

R&R Racing Products – www.rrconnectingrods.com

Parise Racing would like to thank everyone for their continued support.


Parise Racing…New Paint, New Attitude

As all of us say, we need more time in the day. Well, when you are Parise Racing, you have two cars and few helping hands, it is hard to complete everything in the amount of time you want or need to.

The team is fortunate to have some help from some ‘new’ helping hands, and things are moving along very well. The Parise Racing team has two High School students working on a senior project. They come to the shop and help out. “It is a learning experience for them.” States Dina Parise. “They can do something they may have not otherwise ever done, and we are lucky enough to have Pizza and soda for labor costs!”

“We have learned a lot in the past two seasons, and we plan on using what we have learned.”, stated Andrew Parise. “So, we will be bringing our ‘A’ game. Last year was good for us, but it is a new year and a new slate and it could always be better. Our program is no secret. We ran Converters last season and this season will be no different. It seems it is the year of the Converter. People either love them or hate them. We have loved them for two seasons now, and we have done plenty of R&D to get to understand (and love) them.”

Dina Parise’s 1963 Corvette is looking as amazing as ever. “My car can run hard, but she also did give us a run for our money.” Stated Dina “We had some issues last season, but that is behind us now. I have a lot I want to accomplish. Now; I can really get to work.”

The biggest change in the Parise Racing camp is the unbelievable ‘new’ paint scheme on Andrew Parise’s 1953 Corvette. This completely redone paint scheme keeps in with the P-40 Warhawk fighter plane motif, but takes the graphics to another level! The work was done by The Shop in Maryland http://www.theshopmd.com/ . You may be looking for photos, but you will not find any just yet! But, here is a video with some teaser photos of the paint; you may want to check out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLuiprov-os&feature=channel_video_title

Parise Racing will be unveiling the paint scheme at the Northeast Rod & Custom Car Show; March 25th-27th,at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. Parise Racing is and has been active in raising awareness as well as donations for Multiple Sclerosis. The team will be accepting donations at the show. Did you know that March 14th-March 20th is Multiple Sclerosis awareness week? For more information on the show; http://www.northeastcustomcarshow.com/ , and look for Dina and Andrew in the celebrity section. Not attending the show?

Visit http://www.pariseracing.com/causes/ to make a donation to help fight MS!

After this long winter, and a quick roll in and out of the trailer for a car show, the team is going to be ready to race! This season the team will be competing in the Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association and will be adding other events to the 2011 calendar as well. Be on the lookout for the duo from New York! Check the events calendar here: http://www.pariseracing.com/events/

In this economy, sponsorships can be elusive. Parise Racing is proud to represent the companies that support them. The team would like to welcome back NGK http://www.ngksparkplugs.com/ for another great year of racing. They have supported our team for over 5 years now and it is a strong relationship. The team would also like to welcome; LAT Racing Oils http://www.latracingoils.com/ , USA Auto Supply http://www.usaautosupply.com/store/index.php , Custom Wire Sets https://www.customwiresets.com/home.php ,JE Pistons http://www.jepistons.com/ ,Browell Bell Housing http://browellbellhousing.com/ , Bradco Engineering, Motorsports Unlimited, R&R Racing Products http://www.rrconnectingrods.com/ .

Parise Racing would like to thank everyone for their continued support.

Andrew's First Blog Post!

It is the voice that rarely speaks and I have a lot to say. Now that the 2010 season is over we got to sit back and watch some football, enjoy the holiday’s , spend time with friends that you don’t get to see during racing season and really just some enjoy some R&R. Yeah right!!! R&R in our house means “Running Rapid”. My nickname is BamBam but some people call me the energizer bunny.

Well, since we shut down in late October it’s been R&R all the way. We had to break both cars and start making our list. Dina’s car went to “The Shop” for some body and paint work. We didn’t give them the usual five days to turn it around this time. They did an amazing job as always. During this time I decided to redo the ceiling in the work shop. Well when you vertically challenged you need all the help you can get. All I can say is thank you home depot. While in between spackling the ceiling, the house chores still need to be completed. Spackle equals sanding which equals white dust all over you. Many of you know my lovely Wife Dina is a bit of a clean Nut. So, here I am using the air hose to blow myself off to get in the house. Try doing this 5 times a night in the cold.

We finished the garage in time so I can drive to pickup Dina’s car from “The Shop”. The drive is only about 5 hours door to door. I went alone which wasn’t that bad for a change. Quiet time is always good. After a full day of driving, Dina and I unloaded the car into our shop and on to the next activity. In between all of this go to work and get to the gym. We have a lot to do in a short period of time. The weather as everyone knows has been unbearable. The snow storms are just out of control and to get anything done is becoming an issue.

I am not an expert on safety in the race cars but I want everyone to remember it pays to be over safe. We as racers will buy the best blower, the best pistons anything to make us go faster but remember one thing the faster you go the safer your car has to be! I have seen my share of crashes and witnessed things I cannot share, so please check all your SFI ratings, Chassis tags, go over your chassis after each run to make sure all your bolts are tight, torque your wheels after each run, check your engine plate bolts, everything, all the time. Remember this is not your daily driver. Call Safety Solutions for a molded seat, suits, socks, gloves. Whatever it takes to be safe, buy it and wear it. One last point; After you make your pass, leave it on till you fully stop. It’s 100 degrees in the race car and the gloves are coming off, then the belts are coming off. WHY? Safety people!! Remember this, the faster you go the quicker you go you best be safe doing it or you are gone for good. Like they say, if you can’t take the heat get out of the kitchen!!!

We have a lot of fun racing and doing what we really love. But it wouldn’t be possible without the men and woman that give us our freedom every day. We have lost so many throughout all the wars for our freedom. Even though we are extremely busy in our lives, with our race cars, and just being on the go all the time, take a moment and do something for someone that can’t be as fortunate as us. Think about the men and woman at war right now, do you think they are on the phone ordering new heads, going to Starbucks or ordering clothes online? No, they are just trying to stay alive. During your travels , think of picking up something for the men and woman that are fighting for us, and send it using our ‘Support for the Troops ‘program.

And please remember, hats off when the National Anthem starts. It is the respect our Veterans deserve.

Andrew Parise

Allow me to introduce…….the Pro Mod?

With the introduction of a Driver Blog to our site, I thought I would bring you all back a bit to my introduction to Pro Mods (or Nitro Coupes as they were in the Super Chevy Show).

Andrew and I first met Dave Tomasino at the Super Chevy Show in 2004. Dave was driving a beautiful 1969 Chevy Camaro Nitro Coupe. Andrew was Bracket racing our 1967 Chevy Camaro. I just remember Dave’s Mom coming over to take photos of our car; funny thing was we were doing the same with his car.

Later that day, I got up the nerve to ask Dave if he could help us in any way with our ‘Racing for a Cure’ program to raise donations for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Dave, being the kind of guy he is, went above and beyond to help us out. It was the beginning of a great friendship, and what I did not know the beginning of a great learning experience that would lead in a direction I had not anticipated at that moment.

We all became fast friends. Dave helped us, and we helped him. Over the season and into the next, we had a blast! The Super Chevy Show at Virginia Motorsports Park still leaves me with vivid memories. We were helping Dave. Along the way, we had met drivers such as Bruce Boland and Mike Swinarski to name a few. On this weekend, Mike and Bruce enlisted Andrew to help as well. He was helping start up both cars and as I remember bringing Bruce to the line. Now this does not sound like a difficult task, unless Mike and Bruce happen to run one another. Yes, you guessed it. So, there Andrew is, in between Mike’s ’53 Corvette Nitro coupe and Bruce’s ’33 Willy’s. First he went to Mike. He gave a bit of fuel into the Blower hat, Mike started it and BAM, and he stalls. Now, normally this would not be a big deal, but someone neglected to refill the fuel bottle, so there was barely enough to go around! So, now one more shot with Mike’s car….. and we are good to go! Now over to Bruce. Now, I have to tell you, Andrew is not the tallest guy around, and that did present just a bit of a problem when getting this Willy’s started. He had to lean way over to position himself (safely) to reach the Blower hat. Everyone was ready , and Bruce started her up! Now, we are back to the vertically challenged Andrew. Apparently, Bruce did not have the clutch pedal all the way down…..this caused the car to lurch a bit as it started, and proceeded to toss Andrew about five feet. Now, normally, one would gasp at the thought of that happening…Normally….I on the other hand found it very amusing (after I knew he was fine). The expression on his face was priceless! Maybe you had to be there, I don’t know, but we still give him a hard time about that to this day!

The friends made and the lessons learned, have helped to lead our team to being what it is today. We learned that you need to remember where you came from (as they all certainly did). Don’t be afraid to help someone out even if he (or she) is your competitor. That’s the name of the game. It’s all about sportsmanship. The sportsmanship and the camaraderie is one of the main things that drew me to this sport, and makes me love it to this day.

Dina Parise


It was a long, tough and exciting year for Parise Racing. “One word that can sum up the season would be ‘Numbness’ ” , stated Dina Parise. “You look back on the season and wonder where did the time go? Then you ask, what can we do to improve and why did certain things happen or not happen? Your brain just does not stop processing all of these items, until you feel that your head will literally explode. Thankfully, it did not….”

So, come on……. Get belted in…..The Parise Racing year in review is about to begin, and it’s going to be a wild ride! So let’s get to the high and not so high…lights!

This was the first full season of competition for both Dina ‘The Chef’ and Andrew ‘Bam Bam’ Parise . As a team (and a couple) they always feel the need to support one another .As individuals (and competitors), they more so feel the need to beat the other to the stripe. Once the helmets go on, the wedding bands come off….well figuratively anyway…..

A weekend of firsts…….The team began the first race of the season back in May with the North East Outlaw Pro Mod Association at Virginia Motorsports Park. For Dina it was her first time back in her NGK sponsored ’63 Tim McAmis Corvette since having had hand surgery in January. Unfortunately for Andrew Parise, he made an early exit that race. After a series of mechanical difficulties and regardless of the fact that she had just stepped back into the car, Dina managed to take the win! “It was the first race of the year.” Stated Dina. “It also was my first day back, the first of May, and I am the first female in the Association. It’s a good first win for me!”

Just dial 0…….“As you know, in Drag Racing you can go from hero to zero real fast” Stated Dina . “And I did!” She is referring to the following NEOPMA race at Maryland International Raceway. Andrew unfortunately met a similar fate. Moving on….

It’s all legal…….The Parise’s then became the first husband and wife team to run Pro Extreme in ADRL in the Speedtech U.S Drags at VMP. Dina’s car was not running at full power all weekend. But Andrew’s NGK sponsored ’53 MBRC Pro Chassis Design Corvette made a good showing that weekend. He ran a 3.933 @ 188.17. “Being that I am running an NHRA legal car with a converter, I am very pleased with what this car has been running.”

Ladies first…….Being a two car team can pose many problems. One issue that came up during this season was that there was an opportunity to go to the NHRA Supernationals at Raceway Park in Englishtown NJ to run the Get Screened America Pro Mod Challenge. But, there was only one spot open. With one spot, who goes? Well, ladies first! Dina took the spot. She unfortunately did not qualify. “We did have issues with my car. She has the nickname of ‘the Beast’, and that is for good reason”, Stated Dina. “I was glad to be running at this level. It’s what I have been working for; I just wish the outcome was better. ”

Earn it………..In order to run the NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Challenge the Parise’s needed to earn points. To earn points, the team headed to NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series (Division 1)and competed in Competition Eliminator in AA/PM . “With the points system in place, we needed to work hard to earn our way into the GSA races. The way to do that was to run Divisional races. Something we began doing at the onset of the season.” Stated Dina. “We had a great time doing too!”

It’s in the books………It was at an NHRA Division 1 race in Lebanon Valley that Andrew set a National Record in AA/PM , with a 6.030 @ 234.53 MPH. “I never expected to set a record.” Stated Andrew. “We had a great time that weekend, and I set a record! My ’53 MBRC Pro Chassis Design really came through! What a blast!”

Left at the light……..Now again the team was at a NEOPMA race .This time with the Super Chevy Show at Maple Grove Raceway. Remember that hero to zero thing we mentioned earlier? Now, it was Andrew’s turn. First he sets a record, now he fails to qualify. In actuality, he was dealing with a medical issue that kept him out of the seat. Dina on the other hand was the # 1 qualifier, and stayed that way for all three rounds of qualifying. She made it to the finals, but lost to Jim Barker. Jim won with a 6.461 @ 216.41 to Dina’s 6.471 @ 220.26. “I had a major problem at the tree.” Stated Dina. “ I should have had him. That one still hurts.”

Scotty Cannon, enough said……….Soon after Parise Racing established a working relationship with 6 time IHRA World Champion Scotty Cannon (Cannonball Racing) and 2007 IHRA Word Champion Scott Cannon Jr. For the remainder of the season, Scotty consulted with the team. “We were very pleased with having Scotty and Scott work with the team.” Stated Andrew. “ Having Scotty work with us gave us better perspective from another driver. I think we needed that.”

Are Pro Mods supposed to fly?…….The NEOPMA makes another trip to MIR. This was an important race. Andrew needed to move up in the points, and Dina stood in the # 2 spot. With Andrew qualified in the # 2 spot with a 6.126 @ 234.45, Dina was set to make her first qualifying run of the day. It was a solo shot. At about 150 feet out in the left lane, her car gets out on her. First right, then hard left into the jersey wall and up! About 5 feet worth of up! She was able to safely bring her in for a landing, and without sustaining any injury. “Well, thankfully, no injuries, well except for the car and my point position.” Stated Dina “ I got checked out, changed my clothes and made lunch. It was still a race day. Andrew was still going rounds, and we needed to focus on that.” Yes, it was still a race day! Andrew went on to the Semi-Finals that day, but broke during the run. Dina missed the next few races.

Unleash the Beasts…….We fast forward you to NHRA Unleashed at National Trail Raceway. The NEOPMA ran within this event. Andrew qualified #2 and Dina qualified #3. Of course this was all not without incident! Andrew broke the shifter (and the brand new welder to fix it) on one run and had a parachute deploy on another. With all that behind them, they got down to some racing. For Dina, it was her first time back in the car since her crash. “The car feels better than ever. Nick Montana did a great job. She runs so straight, like she is on a string!” Stated Dina. “A big thank you also goes out to Hairy Glass , Spin Werkes, Strange and The Shop. They were instrumental in getting the car fixed quickly and affordably.” The husband and wife duo met in the Semi-Finals. “She treed me!” Stated Andrew. “I busted on her , and she treed me! She got loose at about half track and I drove around her. Serves her right for leaving on me!” He laughs. To see a preview of the Parise’s on NHRA Unleashed : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZwh9uQiGZs&feature=player_embedded Andrew went on to win the event by edging out Harold Martin.

Do you Get Screened?…….The team headed to Z-Max Dragway to participate in the NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Challenge. This is where the ‘low’ comes in…… Unfortunately, both drivers failed to qualify. “Needles to say, we were not happy with that outcome.” Stated Andrew. “We plan to be back next season in GSA and we plan to be more competitive. ”

All shook up……..The Parise’s were thrilled to be a part of the ADRL.us Shakedown at E-Town! Andrew was on the outside looking in at #17, but came in as an alternate. Dina qualified at # 8 with a 6.11 @ 232.07MPH.Andrew took out Chris Russo in first round, but shook second round and lost power to end the day. Dina had massive engine failure during her run during first round ending her day, and her season.

Are you Converted?…… Andrew decided he wanted to take one more test run with his car. He ran a 6.004 @ 237.17 MPH. Although not an event, this is (from what we are being told) the fastest run for a ‘legal trim’ converter car to date.

Thank you, thank you very much……The Parise’s would like to than their crew for all for their hard work all season. Crew Chief Dave Jordan, and Crew members James Montana, Nick Montana (MBRC Pro Chassis Design), Charlie Saccoccio , Brandon Page, Jody Lupton, Ralphie Pupa , Rocco Micciolo and so many others who helped when needed.

They also would like to thank Scotty Cannon and Scott Cannon Jr. for their assistance this season, as well as the assistance of Bill Barrett; via the ‘Bat Phone’!

You have to be in it to win it…..The Parise team has been successful on a limited budget. They are actively looking for sponsors for the 2011 season. For more information on the Parise Racing team, or the individual drivers please visit : http://www.pariseracing.com/ . Be part of the excitement!

Parise Racing would like to thank NGK http://www.ngksparkplugs.com/ for their continued support.

Parise Racing would like to acknowledge the following:

MBRC Pro Chassis Design http://www.montanabros.com/

The Shop http://www.theshopmd.com/

Speed Scene Live! http://www.speedsceneracing.com/

Hairy Glass http://www.hairyglass.com/

Spin Werkes http://www.spinwerkes.com/

Strange Engineering http://www.strangeengineering.net/

Hoosier http://www.hoosiermidatlantic.com/

Northast Outlaw Pro Mod Association http://www.neoutlawpromods.com/

NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Challenge http://www.promodchallenge.com/