Truth be Told, and It Ain’t Pretty…

Well, the boss said “Hey you haven’t written anything in a while”. My answer? “ I will write you a poem.” Well, that wasn’t what she meant.

I’m not going to bore you with details of my 30K worth of miles in road trips in the last 3 months. But I can warn you not to go on a diet and sit in traffic. You will be a bit edgy, Holly mother! I have been on a cleanser for 10 days then every other day. It works, but it is the consistency of sand. It is green powder and some other unidentifiable stuff. You don’t want to be in traffic after having your ‘sand’ drink.

I know everyone (Dina Parise Racing included) is waiting for the new Cadillac (CTSV Pro Mod) to debut. But right now it is under wraps being painted (by Paint by Bruce Mullins). It is coming out amazing. Perfection takes time and everybody involved in this project wants it perfect. For years I have had the better car, making it look easy to get down the track. I was told many years ago a bad car will make a good driver look bad. Well, I know my wife can drive better then me. I don’t like to admit it, but she can pedal much better then me and beats me off the starting line every time. It pisses me off so bad, yet I love racing her. I have beaten her many times and have the Wally and the AA/PM record to prove it (Yes, I love rubbing that in). This new car is going to be just like a real Cadillac except for the couple things. Engine, Seats, Rug okay more then a couple. But outwardly, there is no mistaking, it’s a Cadillac. You will all have to wait and see it for yourselves.

Have you seen the new DPR Logo? Everyday she is coming up with something new for us to do. Driving around the world, finding a shop getting things in motion and on top of it all, the boss decides it rebranding time. Sure, we have a huge employee list to take that on (uh, not) but really, we just need to hit the lotto. But seriously, when she is right she is right. I just don’t tell her that she is.

Rob Matheis (Matheis Race Cars Inc.) built the Cadillac and is one of the best in chassis building and fabrication. He builds everything from motorcycles to cars.Did you know he fabricated a lipstick holder in Dina’s new Cadillac? Yes. Seriously, who puts a lipstick holder in a Pro Mod? Well, my wife for one, but Rob provides such attention to detail that giving the customer what they request is key (as long as safety is not compromised). That seems hard to find today. We are a team that doesn’t play games, and Rob and his team are the same way. At the end of the day it is a business.

So, it has been a tough year. We haven’t been able to secure a shop so no racing for us yet. We are close to closing a deal but ’till I have the keys in hand I wont believe it. We have a lot of things going on as always but they are big things. I promise to let you know as soon as possible as it is going to be huge.

I rarely get personal, but I can’t help myself. In life we work, live, pay bills and try to be the best we can be. We have family and friends who don’t believe in our goals or our choices in life. How many people told John Force he should quit, or How about Bunny Burkett or Don Garltis. All of these people had a dream and worked to make a difference. How about Steve Jobs, or Bill Gates. These people not only had dreams but they had passion for what they believe in. They found people to support them and believe in their passion. The ones that didn’t well let’s say they are looking from the sidelines.

I always dreamed of driving for a team, but I had no family support. Growing up I was the baby. I have two older brothers. One is 6’ 5” weighing 300 pounds and the other 6’1” weighing 200 pounds. Me, I’m only 5’6, I was out sized and weight was not on my side. But I was a smart ass and kept things exciting. Plus I couldn’t do anything wrong in my mothers eyes (oddly still not to my Mother-in-law either!). My Mom got cancer and I had to take care of her for a while when I was 18, she died when I was 20 yrs old. It was a tough time for me, but I never lost that want to drive. My point to this story is here it is 25 years later and I still have that desire to drive inside me. Regardless of the people in life telling me to quit and walk away. Don’t let anyone and I mean anyone take away your passion or dreams. My mom was my life; she would do anything for her family. Not only was she a fighter but only wanted the best for her kids. Fight for what you want.

Well, lately we have heard a lot on the future of NHRA from many influential people. Now we all Know Larry Morgan is a very laid back quiet guy. So, here is my take on some things. Okay, forget NHRA for a second. Drag Racing on a whole I feel has so much more to offer marketing partners. NASCAR is good, but we (Drag Racing) are better. You can’t get within a ½ mile of a NASCAR driver unless you are the sponsor or you have a ‘golden ticket’ so to speak. The fans are what make the show. The look on there faces, hanging out with the kids and signing autographs. I was asked once by a gentleman, how I drive by both cars. I pointed to Dina and said my wife drives that car. He said have a nice day, sir and ran over to talk to Dina. That to me is priceless. Dina cooks Italian food in our pits and sometimes we feed 30 people. The fans at times become your family. We have the Best show in the world. Now, I know a lot of people dislike the man Former President of ADRL. Kenny Knowling. But one thing for sure, he knew how to keep you entertained. He had pre parties, race day parties and fan interaction; Something lacking now.

So, I am going to get myself into some hot water here (nothing new, frankly).Don’t take this as bashing, take this as TRUTH. Everyone walks on eggshells and is afraid to say what needs to be said. NHRA is a not-for profit but their upper management team makes high Six figure incomes. The cost to race at NHRA is ridiculous for teams and ticket prices are way too high for the average family. To race at an NHRA event you have to pay for a license AND your magazine subscription and of course your entry fee. Oh if you don’t have enough points you have to spend a ton of money on divisional races (Pro Mod). The payouts are a joke, but nobody is doing this for the money, we do it because we are crazy and we love it. NHRA will never change until you change management. I worked in Corporate America for 20 years, if you didn’t produce results you were gone. If sales went down, upper management was let go. The Indians listen to the Chiefs but if the Chiefs are lost then what happens? What would happen if Don Schumacher decided he is done racing? John Force cant drive forever, he will try. What is the answer for NHRA? It starts at the top of the chain. You can only sit in your Air conditioned office for so long till they close the doors. When a Reality racing TV show comes along and has more viewers then NHRA you know things have to change. I don’t think this is what Wally Parks had in mind when he said make racing affordable to keep racing off the streets.

Okay, now I am really going to shake things up. A major CEO just announced that they are sponsoring the IHRA but they want all classes to be pro classes. From Stock to Nitro. Everybody is equal and everybody is Pro. Racers would have to pay $200.00 per event to enter a race, fans would pay $25.00 to enter the race or weekend passes for $30.00. MAVTV will be airing all events. You think NHRA would be in trouble then? The point of this is (for now) NHRA the only sand box in town for the Nitro teams. For me, I hope IHRA brings it AND brings back Pro Mod . That is where Pro mod started and this is where it belongs.

Is our sport in trouble, no not necessarily. Is NHRA in trouble Absolutely YES. When you try and control too much and lose sight of the big picture it is time to cut the fat and make changes. IHRA, PDRA and other series are doing very well and it wont be too long before NHRA puts their nose into the PDRA. At the end of the day it isn’t a perfect world, you have to roll with the punches, but you can only get up some many times before you have to retire from the ring and close the lights for good.

Somehow I will be in trouble. But Hey that why they call me BamBam. We do have the best show in the world, the best fans in the world and the best racers in the world. What NHRA does or doesn’t do really doesn’t matter in the big picture. As fans, racers, team owners we need to fight for what we believe in.

Athlete’s Voices: Dina Parise Episode 11, You’ve Come a Long Way Ladies!

 

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If you have been paying attention to earlier blogs, you have been reading the term ‘Door Slammer’. A Pro Mod is referred to as a Door Slammer because it is a powerful racecar with doors and the driver sits in the driver’s seat as in a traditional street car. They are replicas of traditional production bodies, for example my 3,000HP Dina Parise Racing Cadillac CTSV (to debut soon). I want you all to understand our sport of Pro Mod Drag Racing and get to enjoy it the way it is meant to be enjoyed! Relatable enough to your everyday car yet powerful enough to lift you (the spectator) out of your seat!

The very early days of NASCAR (1949) had names such as Louise Smith and Ethel Mobley. In 1965, Shirley Muldowney was the first woman licensed by NHRA to drive a gasoline-burning Gas dragster, capable of speeds over 150 MPH in the Quarter mile. In 1977 Janet Guthrie was the first woman to earn a starting spot in the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500(where she was Top Rookie). So, you see what I am getting at. Ladies have been making their mark in the Motorsports industry for decades.

Recently, I was fortunate enough to have a conversation with Carolyn Melendy. She is considered the ‘first lady’ of Pro Mod. (Door Slammers, if you will). Her entrance into the Pro Mod world was in the 90’s. At the time, yes it was Male dominated. She stated that no one wanted to line up next to her to race. No one. The issue to them was, they felt she did not have the ‘skill’ to drive a Pro Mod. Finally, Bill Kuhlmann (a pioneer in the Pro Mod movement) decided to line up next to her thinking he would have her by many car lengths. The conclusion was he was sadly mistaken. Although Carolyn did not win the race, she was right with him all the way! It was there that she began to legitimize herself in the Pro Mod world and opened the door for women like me. I’m thankful for that. And on a side note, I would like to mention Annette Summer and Carol Long. Two ladies in Pro Mod that I also feel may not get the recognition they deserve. Or even Bunny Burkett (IHRA Funny Car Driver and World Champion) for that matter. Ladies much like me that work hard at their ‘craft’ without the accolades. True racers. And at the heart of it, that is what we are; racers, drivers competitors.

Being a ‘woman in motorsports’ is a bit of a phenomenon. I don’t mean that the way you think I do either. We ladies tend to stick together. We are uniquely supportive of each other, yet we are as competitive as they come. Our concentration levels are second to none. We celebrate the fact that we are women because that is what women do. Here is where the phenomenon ends (in my eyes anyway). When it comes to racing, the actual sport and art of racing we are drivers. That’s it. The cars, the track, the timers and the finish line do not know we are women nor that the competitors may be men. We are all drivers. Amazingly, every once in a blue moon I will run into the quintessential Neanderthal with scabs on his knuckles from apparently not having completed the evolutionary process. He is the guy that thinks women should be seen (preferably scantily clad) and not heard. He is also the guy that thinks we as women should be in the kitchen making a sandwich rather than doing what we do. As I said the occurrence although rare does happen. I personally love dealing with ‘this’ type and I must admit, being from New York tends to give me the ‘upper hand’ as far as comebacks! In this day and age, unless you are living under a rock, it’s time to realize; a driver is a driver and again, the car has no idea if we are male or female.

Now, let’s get back to the phenomenon theory and celebrating the fact that we are women. I am very proud of the fact that in my life I had the honor to skate for one of the most prestigious ice shows to tour North America for over 50 years ; The Ice Capades. Being a ‘Showgirl’ is an image that has been associated with me for as long as I can remember. My Dina Parise Racing fans, friends and fellow racers have been making the association for many years as well. Therefore, I would like to present to you the NEW Dina Parise Racing logo, where style and beauty meets competitiveness and power! I hope it lets all the ladies out there know, they can be whatever they want to be! Don’t dream it, be it! I have a saying, “Remember, you only get one ticket in this life, I’m using mine until it expires!”

In my next blog, I will be writing about the long awaited debut of the Cadillac CTSV Pro Mod as well as our outing to the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival! There we will meet up with (one of) our Partners Chef Eddie G (and Chef Jr) of Coast 2 Coast Cuisine! Anyone who knows me, knows I can’t say no to good food and wine! So, stay tuned for more fun stuff from DPR!

People always ask how our DPR team can get out there to do what we do. Our Marketing Partners are the key to DPR’s success! This team works hard to keep our Advertisers happy! Check out the Advertisers and go ahead and try their products and services! DPR uses them all! Thank you to NGK, LAT Racing Oils, CRC Industries, Bell Helmets, DJ Safety, Stainless Works, Speedwire Systems, USA Auto Supply, Matheis Race Cars Inc., Hoosier Racing Tire and Coast 2 Coast Cuisine TV for their support throughout the season and beyond! Visit here: http://dinapariseracing.com/marketing-partners for all their websites and details! Contact DPR to become a Marketing Partner as well! Let DPR work for you!

Get Social: Be sure to join me and my DPR team on all our Social Media! Our Website will show you the way! So please visit http://dinapariseracing.com/ to learn more about the DPR team! Then join the team on: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and don’t forget Bella the Wonder Pug too https://twitter.com/ProModBella !

Thank for reading!

See you at the races!

Dina Parise~DPR

I can’t take the heat, get me out of the car!

Woofin’ at ya my good people! It has been a dogs age since Mom has let me at the Lap Top! Good thing the Dina Parise Racing Cadillac CTSV Pro Mod is almost ready to debut….. she’s making me and Daddy crazy! I like my ‘dog’ space, and she’s in it wayyyy to much! They say dogs get under your feet? I don’t know, I think humans are just looking for a way to trip themselves.

Recently, my Mom and Dad took me on a very long trip. I don’t care, I love to travel! Then I got to stay in some really nice hotels! I love hotels! When I walk in the lobby, they treat me like the Super Star that I am! Lots of petting and chatting…. Well, they chat, I just enjoy the attention!

I did get to sit in mom’s new Cadillac CTSV. It’s nice and comfy! But, I’m not sure where Mom’s gonna sit! You know, sometimes I do need a break from my NHRA Jr.Dragster stroller! I like a bit more….horse power!

I know you may have read about me going to see Dr.Coren at West Hills Animal Hospital & 24hr Emergency Veterinary Center. Well, really, sometimes I like to make Mom take me there because they treat me so nice! I have lots of friends there. But this time I was not feeling so great. So, the Doc took a blood test (I do not like those…Woof!) and Mom waited by the phone for the results. Thing is, you can’t keep this old girl down! That’s just what the Doc said too! He told my Mom that I’m lookin’ good for 84 1/2 years old! Mom gives me treats twice a day. I let her think I don’t know there are meds inside them. She thinks she’s smarter than me, but really I rule the whole house! I have them wrapped around my furry little paw….just where I want them.

I am ready to hit the Drag Strip to see my peeps! It’s time! I have been tweeting and working my paws to the bone! Being the DPR, PR Pug is a hard job …. Being this cute is tough. But, hey someone’s gotta do it right?

Let me be real Woofin’ serious for a moment. I know you humans love spending time with us fur babies (and real kids too!). We are too cute to resist. But baby, it’s HOT outside! Would you wear a winter coat in this weather (like I do)? Would you wear a winter coat and sit in a car with no air-conditioning or stay out in the yard for hours on end ? No,  I didn’t think so. So, if the thought of that makes you break out into a sweat and hyperventilate, think what it does to us furry ones! The car is NO PLACE for us to be fur kids locked into especially on a hot summer day. We know you think you are doing the right thing by taking us along, but really we would rather be in the air-conditioned house. We wanna play with our toys and drink water when we feel like it. And the best part….. is when we greet you at the door when you come home! Don’t you love that ? It’s what we do best ( well, I snore really good… but that’s another story!). So say NO to leaving fur babies in the car! This message is brought to you by Bella the DPR, PR Pug! Feel free to pass this message along! My work is done here, now I will hit the pool !

Don’t forget you can find me on Twitter ! https://twitter.com/ProModBella

Can’t wait to see you all soon! Woof at ya later!

Bella Booda

The DPR PR Pug

 

 

 

Dina Parise Racing Welcomes Stainless Works!

“Blow it out your pie hole!” Well, to the typical person that may sound insulting but in this case its music to your ears, sort of!

Amidst the continuing excitement of the impending debut of the Dina Parise Racing Cadillac CTSV Pro Mod (being built by Matheis Race Cars Inc.) the team persistently works hard for their existing Marketing Partners as well as bringing new ones on board!

At this time, DPR would like to welcome Stainless Works as a Marketing Partner! Stainless Works is an industry-leader in stainless steel performance headers and exhaust systems. In addition to designing their wide range of after-market headers and exhausts, they manufacture them on-site, right here in the United States. They are constantly adding new products for a variety of new car and truck models as well as the classics. Stainless Works systems have proven performance increases through pre and post-dyno testing of vehicles. SW

Be sure to Enlist in the SW Army! Founded to create a unity among racers across the country, the SW ARMY is a family, a brother and sister-hood of enthusiasts in the motorsports community. From road racing to car show warriors to drag racing, the SW Army has members on the rise at every level. (http://stainlessworks.net/swarmy )

Stay tuned for much more news coming from the DPR team coming shortly! This team is movin’ and shakin’ for sure!

DPR would like to thank Stainless Works as well as their existing Marketing Partners.

Marketing Partners are the key to DPR’s success! The team works hard to keep their Partners happy! Check out the Marketing Partners and go ahead and try their products and services! DPR uses them all! Thank you to NGK, LAT Racing Oils, CRC Industries, Bell Helmets, Stainless Works, DJ Safety, Neal Chance, Hoosier Racing Tire, Matheis Race Cars, Speedwire Systems and USA Auto Supply for their support throughout the season and beyond! Visit here: http://dinapariseracing.com/marketing-partners    for all their websites and details! Contact DPR to become a Marketing Partner! Let us work for you!

Get Social: Be sure to join the DPR team on all their Social Media! The Website will show you the way! So please visit http://dinapariseracing.com/    to learn more about the DPR team! Then join the team on: Facebook, Twitter and don’t forget Bella the Wonder Pug too https://twitter.com/ProModBella  !

Athlete’s Voices: Dina Parise Episode 10, You Gotta Have Faith!

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I am no stranger to the travel game. As you may remember, I traveled for many years a former skater for the Ice Capades. As of late our Dina Parise Racing team has been traveling buttoning up things regarding the new Cadillac CTSV Pro Mod we are debuting shortly. The team travels extensively on a whole.

I am all for meeting new people and living a bit of a ‘nomadic’ lifestyle. What I tend to not be a fan of is the fact that some no longer have manners. In this day of new technology and first class accommodations, one would think people would not act as if they were reared in a cave. Look, I am not all ‘stuffed shirt’ but to be in a restaurant in a hotel and watch a young man (old enough to know better) try to get served wearing no shoes (but had a hat on) just makes me shake my head. I have lived in hotels for an extended period of time, but I never acted as if the world was my bedroom and the restaurant was my Mom’s kitchen. Next thing you know, he will expect to be ‘tucked in’…. Kind of takes the ‘mint on the pillow’ idea to new heights, huh?

I know the root of the problem here though. We are hot on the heels of the debut of the Cadillac CTSV Pro Mod built by Matheis Race Cars Inc . and this girl certainly has the need for speed! Who wouldn’t want to tear down the Drag Strip in a Cadillac? A beautiful, classy Cadillac CTSV with 3,000 HP. Nope, I can’t find any issues with that! At this point, it’s nose to the grindstone! This DPR team is hard at work getting ready for the debut of this beautiful machine!

During this journey of the Cadillac build, I am finding more and more the need for being myself and not paying attention to what happens around me. Oddly, it has become a bit of a cathartic process. If you pay too much attention to what is being said (good or bad), you will never improve. I’m a believer in the fact that we are constantly evolving and learning. I choose to learn from all the experiences I have in life, and keep the faith! My biggest lessons usually come from ignorance. Ah, yes! It comes in all forms, yet ignorance can be quite educational! I take everything for what it’s worth! This quote from Dan Millman says it all for me! “Faith is the courage to live your life as if everything that happens does so for your highest good and learning. Like it or not.”

On a side note, here are some other projects I have been involved with! I had a great time recently, filming commercial spots for Hamilton Honda in New Jersey. Mike Saporito, is Co-Owner of Hamilton Honda along with New York Giants legends Jessie Armstead and Antonio Pierce. The trio also owns Englewood Cliffs Cadillac as well. When the spot airs, I will post for everyone to see! It’s for sure not what you would expect! Also, we attended a ‘Red Carpet’ event for the upcoming TV series ‘The Familia’. I am honored to be a part of this project! Not only will I have a part in this series, we will be utilizing the Cadillac CTSV Pro Mod as well! What a great opportunity for this DPR team as well as our Marketing Partners!

So, stay tuned! You know there is so much more to come! I will try to keep it interesting!

People always ask how our DPR team can get out there to do what we do. Our Marketing Partners are the key to DPR’s success! This team works hard to keep our Advertisers happy! Check out the Advertisers and go ahead and try their products and services! DPR uses them all! Thank you to NGK, LAT Racing Oils, CRC Industries, Bell Helmets, DJ Safety, Stainless Works, Speedwire Systems, USA Auto Supply and Hoosier Racing Tire for their support throughout the season and beyond! Visit here: http://dinapariseracing.com/marketing-partners for all their websites and details! Contact DPR to become a Marketing Partner! Let us work for you!

Get Social: Be sure to join me and my DPR team on all our Social Media! Our Website will show you the way! So please visit http://dinapariseracing.com/ to learn more about the DPR team! Then join the team on: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and don’t forget Bella the Wonder Pug too https://twitter.com/ProModBella !

Thanks for reading!

See you at the races!

Dina Parise~DPR

Dina Parise Racing Welcomes DJ Safety!

 

When you hear music on the radio you know that a DJ is the one behind the scenes playing it. When you see a driver outfitted the best safety equipment, who do you think is behind the scenes making it? Well, DJ Safety of course!

Amidst the excitement of the impending debut of the Dina Parise Racing Cadillac CTSV Pro Mod (being built by Matheis Race Cars Inc.) the team has continued to work hard for existing Marketing Partners as well as bringing new ones on board!

At this time, DPR would like to welcome DJ Safety as a Marketing Partner! Dina will be safe from the Fire Suit she wears to the chutes she pulls! In addition, Matheis Race Cars Inc. has signed on as an Authorized Dealer as well. Having an extraordinary race car built is necessary and securing it with the proper safety equipment is essential.

Stay tuned with DPR for the latest in what’s happening! If you blink…you may miss something! So pay attention! Lot’s more to come very soon!

DPR would like to thank DJ Safety as well as their existing Marketing Partners for their support.

Marketing Partners are the key to DPR’s success! This team works hard to keep their Partners happy! Check out the Marketing Partners and go ahead and try their products and services! DPR uses them all! Thank you to NGK, LAT Racing Oils, CRC Industries, Bell Helmets, DJ Safety, Neal Chance, Hoosier Racing Tire, Speedwire Systems and USA Auto Supply for their support throughout the season and beyond! Visit here: http://dinapariseracing.com/marketing-partners for all their websites and details! Contact DPR to become a Marketing Partner! Let DPR work for you!

Get Social: Be sure to join the DPR team on all their Social Media! The Website will show you the way! So please visit http://dinapariseracing.com/ to learn more about the DPR team! Then join the team on: Facebook, Twitter and don’t forget Bella the Wonder Pug too https://twitter.com/ProModBella !

** With DJ Safety , you can be outfitted from head to toe and bumper to bumper!**

Story and Photo Courtesy: DPR

TOG on the Move

Well, the boss has been keeping me very busy. I put 24K miles on my truck in three months and it doesn’t look like she is done with me just yet.  Growing up I watched so many race car drivers move up in the ranks. I knew that I always wanted to be a race car driver but my father didn’t see it that way, not sure what way he saw it but it wasn’t racing. But anyway, I watched all these famous drivers and not only wanted to meet them, but I wanted to be one.

Fast forward a couple years because I’m not that old yet, we got to hang out with my idols. I was like a kid in the candy store. Over the past couple of years I got to meet some amazing people. Don Gartlits, Billy Lynch, Bernie Schacker ,Tony Pedregon, Cruz Pedregon, Clay Millican, Frank Manzo and many others. These are racers that believed in themselves through thick and thin. I love getting to hang with them.

Now how cool is this, we are at Etown for the SuperNationals and we are talking to Bunny Burkett. Seriously, Here is Bunny… that has done it all and she is hobnobbing with me and the boss.  I still pinch myself thinking it is all a dream. I just hope that all of us racers can be as influential to the younger generation as drivers before us were. Who is the Next Bunny, Billy L, ‘Big Daddy and so many others. Those are some big shoes to fill.

I know you all are waiting on the Cadillac CTSV Pro Mod. It is almost done and will be out shortly. Rob and his team at Matheis Race Cars has been very busy working on it. They are perfectionists and I can’t wait to drive it. Oh did I say me. You never know what will happen in DPR camp. Matheis is doing an amazing job on this car with some real ‘trick’ stuff. When you have the 8th dwarf for a driver that weighs less then a watermelon it presents some challenges. But this car is going to be awesome, so awesome, I might have to get one for myself soon. Ugh, I hope the boss doesn’t read this.

Things are moving ahead in many ways but I just can’t say too much. What I can tell you all is that driving across the country is not fun. But it is very quiet in my truck. Just kidding. We have a ton of work to do in a short period of time. Since I do the schedule,( yes I do something besides drive )Oh maybe I don’t do the schedule, Now I’m in trouble…. Anyway we have testing on two cars to do and a lot of new parts and pieces to iron out. My crew chief won’t see home for a while.

One thing that I ‘stress’ (besides  my wife LOL!)  is  race track is safety. You can never be too safe in a race car or at the track in general. When we raced a 9 sec car, we over did the safety. Was it over kill, yes but I knew Dina was safe. I help guys who race 12 sec and 8 sec cars and I always hear ,”Belts are too tight”. Well, I rather be too tight then flop around in the car like a fish. When I went to the race track with Carl Spering, the man tighten my belts so hard it dislocated my shoulder. Ya it was a little too tight but his point I will never forget. You want to go rounds you need to be here for the next round. Safety is not for anyone but ourselves. Yes, its uncomfortable, hot, you feel like you cant breathe but it is there to keep us safe. Once the car is stopped then start taking your belts off and helmet. How do you know if the guy next to you doesn’t have brakes or your parachutes don’t get tied up to the fence. You just never know. We do drills with all of our gear on to make sure we can get out of the car quickly. Try this fully suited in the car with a friend. Blind fold yourself, seat belts locked and you have to get out of the car on the passenger side. Have your friend time you. Check the time and see if fire would burn you. Safety is key. Drag racing isn’t an X-Box game. If your mind is off that day go become a fan. Live to race another day.

The boss only gave me 1 hour to write this and I am way over my time limit. We are hitting the road again so always look for some pictures of our road show.

On the Road Again……

Andrew~

Dina Parise Racing Welcomes Bell Helmets !

 

‘One Ringie dingie! Ring my Bell ! For whom the Bell tolls !’ Sound familiar? Well, for this Dina Parise Racing team those words are about to take on a whole new meaning!

Amidst the excitement of the impending debut of the DPR Cadillac CTSV Pro Mod (being built by Matheis Race Cars Inc.) the team has continued to work hard for existing Marketing Partners as well as bringing new ones on board!

At this time, DPR would like to welcome Bell Helmets (Bell Racing USA) as a Marketing Partner! Bell is in its 60th year of helmet production. Their unwavering commitment to creating and producing innovative, state-of-the-art head protection makes it the helmet of choice!

Stay tuned for much more news coming from the DPR team coming shortly! This team is movin’ and shakin’ for sure!

DPR would like to thank Bell Helmets as well as their existing Marketing Partners.DPR-Pic-for-Instagram-NEW-2

Marketing Partners are the key to DPR’s success! This team works hard to keep our Partner happy! Check out the Marketing Partners and go ahead and try their products and services! DPR uses them all! Thank you to NGK, LAT Racing Oils, CRC Industries, Bell Helmets,Neal Chance, Hoosier Racing Tire, Speedwire Systems and USA Auto Supply for their support throughout the season and beyond! Visit here: http://dinapariseracing.com/marketing-partners   for all their websites and details! Contact DPR to become a Marketing Partner! Let us work for you!

Get Social: Be sure to join me and my DPR team on all our Social Media! Our Website will show you the way! So please visit http://dinapariseracing.com/  to learn more about the DPR team! Then join the team on: Facebook, Twitter and don’t forget Bella the Wonder Pug too https://twitter.com/ProModBella !

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Dina Parise Racing~ Keeping the Memory in Memorial Day

 

It seems that in this day and age we are a society driven by instant gratification and plagued with short term memory. What ‘sells’ on the news and in print are stories about the impending nuptials of stars (reality or actual celebrity) or the death of a celebrity (many times due to their own addictions), not stories regarding how many soldiers were lost that day or even that week. Sports stars are being labeled as heroes merely for putting a ball into a net or carrying it over a goal line. It is Sensationalism VS. Realism and reality is certainly the victim in this scenario.

The fact remains that more than 7,000 American service members (Male and Female) have been killed since the attacks of September 11, 2001, and well over 50,000 have been injured. Many of those injuries so severe, that if they were sustained in a prior conflict the soldier would not have survived. Our nation has been entered in many conflicts. The loss and injury numbers are staggering. As years go by our country and its citizens seems to hold less regard for those who sacrifice so much defending it and protecting the very freedom enjoyed by all.

Back to Reality: The reality of it all is that what has become ‘important’ is really not reality at all. The shift in what has ‘meaning ‘has come down to where the money is rather than where the morality is. It has become more important to plug a non-talent reality star’s wedding than Medal of Honor recipient (former) Army Sgt. Kyle J. White , especially on Memorial DayWeekend? Has Memorial Day become more about the sales in the stores, the Barbeques and the beer? Does anyone actually know the real meaning of Memorial Day? Who takes the time to go to a National or Veteran Cemetery to pay respects or place a flag? Not many. This needs to change.

The Dina Parise Racing team has had the honor on a few occasions to participate in ‘Fleet Week’ at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York. It is a breathtaking place to be no matter the time of year. Fleet Week happens to fall during Memorial Day Weekend .The team has met people from all over the world. One woman from Sweden really hit the nail on the head with what she said. She asked “What is this Holiday? I see Red, White and Blue everywhere. There are sales in all the stores, but I do not understand what the Holiday is. Can you explain it to me?” Our DPR team obliged. ‘ Memorial Day is a US federal holiday wherein the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered.’ But are they?The unfortunate reality to that is it seems the younger generation has the same question. We need to bring back the importance of this and all the Veteran holidays because the honor has been earned.

Now, of courseno one is saying do not have a ‘Welcome Summer’ Barbeque, or do not go shopping for that perfect pair of sandals. The point is, to remember why you can do all of these things you are doing with such ease. Take a moment to reflect. If you see a Veteran, thank them. Take you children to a National Cemetery to place a flag or have them volunteer in a VA home. Giving back to those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom is not too much to ask.

Always remember Freedom is not Free…… Hate the war, not the warrior…. Fly your flag proudly!

On another note….. the DPR team will be seeing you all out there soon! More to come shortly!

People always ask how this DPR team can get out there to do what they do, especially with our US Military! Marketing Partners are the key to DPR’s success! Check out the Advertisers and go ahead and try their products and services! DPR uses them all! Thank you to NGK, LAT Racing Oils, CRC Industries, Bell Helmets, Hoosier Racing Tire, Speedwire Systems, USA Auto Supply and Trailer Valet for their support throughout the season and beyond! Visit here: http://dinapariseracing.com/marketing-partners   for all their websites and details! Contact DPR to become a Marketing Partner! Let DPR work for you!

Get Social: Be sure to join the DPR team on all their Social Media! The Website will show you the way! So please visit http://dinapariseracing.com/   to learn more about the DPR team!

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Athlete’s Voices: Dina Parise Episode 8 .The Thrill of Competition, the Agony of Defeat….

 

I have been involved in competitive sports since the age of seven. I began as a competitive gymnast (through High School) as well as being a competitive Figure Skater. I skated competitively until my early twenties and then I skated professionally for the Ice Capades. Of course now I am a professional drag racer as well as President (and driver) of my team, Dina Parise Racing (along with my husband). So, although my husband Andrew and I do not have children, I can tell you I am experienced enough to touch on the subject I am about to. Strap yourselves in, because for some of you, this may be a bumpy ride.

 

The Thrill of Competition: I’m competitive, and I make no bones about it. I like to win. But, I am not a ‘sore loser’. Do I LIKE to lose, well, of course not. What losing does is it makes me work harder toward the next competition/race and next win; Plain and simple.

 

I grew up competing in two sports ; One being both individual as well as team (gymnastics) and the other only individual (Figure Skating). In each sport I practiced, working toward competition days. Either I did well, and won a medal or a trophy by placing first, second or third or I did not. That was how it worked. Things essentially have not changed much to this day, or have they?

 

Sports as we all know can be either judged, timed or scoring depending on the ‘type’ of sport. Regardless of the determining factors, a winner and a runner-up are always part of the outcome. It is a fact. Or is it? Seems that today the ‘powers that be’ want to change the win/lose rule when it comes to children and sports. Someone decided that there need be NO runner-ups. The new motto is ‘Everyone’ is a winner’. I’m sorry, but I just cannot agree with that, and neither should you.

 

The Agony of Defeat: As a kid, I remember competing and ‘wiping up the ice’ as we called it. It meant I had a bad day. I fell a few times during my routine and did not do well; therefore not scoring well enough to receive a trophy. My Mom would never ‘beat me up’ (verbally of course) about it. She would just say, “OK, well that certainly was not your best. Tomorrow is another day. Work harder and you will get it next time.” Then we would go to Friendly’s for some consolation Ice Cream and be done with it. No trophy, just a pat on the back and a ‘better luck next time’. I’m none the worse for wear for it either. Actually, I’m a better competitor for it. It makes me want it more, and makes me work harder. I don’t expect anything to be handed to me. Kids today should not either. By doing that, we are doing them (the kids) a dis-service.

 

 

Handling defeat should not be a ‘bad thing’. We will all see some sort of defeat or rejection in our lives won’t we? If kids today do not learn how to deal with defeat now, what will happen later in life when they go for a job interview and maybe do not get the job? They will be devastated, right? Life is NOT a bowl of cherries people! I’m not trying to be ‘Debbie Downer’ here, but come on! It may not SEEM relative, but it’s all part of survival skills for them. It’s like not telling them to look both ways before crossing the street, eventually……Well, you get the picture, right? The outcome is not a good one. Nor will it be here.

 

 

How to Succeed: Ask any professional athlete (myself included) and I can guarantee they disagree with the new ‘everyone gets a trophy’ tactic. If they did, winning a championship would not taste as sweet would it? Another confusing new tactic is not keeping score. If we were to not keep score in professional sports, what would be the point? Just to pay to see them play, eat popcorn and go home? Seems silly right? Yes, not keeping score is silly, no matter your age. Scoring is kept not only in sports. Think merely about games children will play that include keeping score, all the way to test scores in school. If we cannot give them the tools to work hard toward a common goal in a ‘fun’ environment, how do we encourage them to apply themselves to enhance their own lives? We need to let them know, failure or loss of a game is part of life just as winning is. As the great Michael Jordan said “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career, lost almost 300 games, missed the game-winning shot 26 times. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” Apparently success does include failure. We need not be so afraid to fail or to let children fail. In the end, it will make them stronger and more willing to work for what they want. Not to mention, teaching them sportsmanship in the process.

 

Recently I had the honor of assisting some amazing up and coming drivers in the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, NC. The kids drive a half-scale Dragster beginning at the age of 8 through to the age of 18. As with the adults in our sport, there is one winner and one runner-up. At the events there can be upwards of 50 kids/cars per event and the only winners will be those that make it into the final rounds; that being the last few. Everyone knows that going in, and has no issue with it. As a matter of fact, many kids once knocked out will root for their friends and fellow track mates. Sportsmanship that is what it is all about.

 

Sportsmanship: All of the aforementioned factors (not keeping score, trophies for everyone) leads me to another subject, intertwined with the rest; sportsmanship. The art of gracious winning or losing needs to be instilled in us early on in our ‘sports careers’. Of course no one wants to be defeated, but it happens. Being the winner happens as well. If as children score is not kept, or everyone wins, how do we teach sportsmanship? Once score becomes part of the game and trophies are not given at will, how do you teach them to handle either side graciously? If they are not accustomed to a win/loss situation, it is the equivalent of getting hit over the head with an anvil. It hurts and creates confusion. Don’t let them be afraid of not winning. Encourage them to work harder and be the best THEY can be creating confidence. The end result will be a well-rounded athlete and person able to handle whatever comes their way.

 

Win, lose play the game. That is the short and the long of it. Don’t complicate it by changing the rules. Let kids be kids. Let them go and have fun, make friends and wonderful memories! I can tell you I have plenty from competing as a kid, even when I didn’t win! Now get outta here and ask your kids what sport they would like to be involved in! Sign them up and be supportive! Have fun!

 

As for me, I am waiting for my new Cadillac CTSV Pro Mod to arrive! I am looking forward to getting in my new whip and getting down the track!

 

People always ask how this DPR team can get out there to do what we do. The Advertising Partners are the key to DPR’s success! This team works hard to keep our Advertisers happy! Check out the Advertisers and go ahead and try their products and services! DPR uses them all! Thank you to NGK, LAT Racing Oils, CRC Industries, Neal Chance ,Hoosier Racing Tire, Browell Bellhousing ,USA Auto Supply and Speedwire Systems for their support throughout the season and beyond! Visit here: http://dinapariseracing.com/marketing-partners for all their websites and details! Contact DPR to become an Advertising Partner! Let us work for you!

 

Get Social: Be sure to join me and my DPR team on all our Social Media! Our Website will show you the way! So please visit http://dinapariseracing.com/ to learn more about the DPR team! Then join the team on: Facebook, Twitter and don’t forget Bella the Wonder Pug too https://twitter.com/ProModBella !

 

See you at the races!

 

Dina Parise