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: 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 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 !

Thanks for reading!

See you at the races!

Dina Parise~DPR

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: 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 to learn more about the DPR team! Then join the team on: Facebook, Twitter and don’t forget Bella the Wonder Pug too !


See you at the races!


Dina Parise

Athlete’s Voices: Dina Parise, Episode 7. Being Social: The good the bad, the obnoxious?


This one is a doozy! Have you guessed that I do not hold back? Read on!

Athlete’s Voices: Dina Parise Being Social: The good the bad, the obnoxious?


Social : likely to seek or enjoy the company of others . Sounds easy enough, right? Well, now add the word Media to it. There you have it , Social Media.

Social Media: refers to interaction among people in which they create, share, and/or exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks.

If you go by the definition of Social Media, one would think it was all peace, love harmony and good recipes right? Well, not always.

Don’t get me wrong, I am a proponent of Social Media. It is for sure a great tool for everyone from Mom’s to moguls! I use it constantly for my Dina Parise Racing team for updates, pictures and just having constant interaction with fans and friends. No matter if it is the heat of racing season or the off season, I am sure to interact on Social Media. Staying connected in this day and age has become part of the fabric of our society.

It seems to me that the internet and Social Media has become the ‘Beer Muscles’ of our society. Since when do people find it appropriate to bash, make accusations and be just downright rude? I cannot even list the plethora of indiscretions users are prone to on a daily basis… would be impossible.

I absolutely get the fact that the world has changed in many ways. But frankly, haven’t we evolved as people? Last I looked; (for the most part) none of us are carrying giant clubs with scabs on our knuckles from them dragging on the ground. Besides, I’m not sure you can get Wi-Fi in a cave anyway.

As public figures we get the fact that there will be opinions about ‘us’, our performance, our teams etc.  Surely that is part of the ‘game’, whatever your ‘game’ may be. Does that give anyone be it fan or foe (public figures included) the right to sling personal attacks in a public forum? Eh, I think not.

I’m not talking trash talk…. I dig trash talk to help promote an event! My husband and I are rivals on the track. We are trash talkers from the get-go! Trash talking for the sake of a game or a race really makes people want to tune in. Taking it that step over the line to ‘attack mode’ to me is just plain disrespectful. I have heard personal attacks on fellow female drivers’ looks, as well as athletes’ children and families. Some things should be sacred. My favorite? That’s the Monday morning ‘Driver’. He or she are the Keyboard Champions that critique crashes as if they have ever driven a race car (no matter the series). Not sure what people get out of that, but I have seen it happen more often than I care to say.

Do I think the Cyber world will pay attention and it will be all peace and love? Uh, no. I’m far from naïve. My hope is that my diddy of a blog here will open a few eyes to the fact that we as adults have a responsibility to the younger generation. While we obviously cannot shelter the younger generation, I think we can and NEED to be Role Models.

Certainly cyber space is an amazing invention. A never-ending , non-physical form of communication. Sometimes that’s the problem. The non-physical part. It desensitizes us. It takes the ‘human’ out of ‘human beings’. Then we are just ‘beings’. So, therefore we do not treat one another accordingly.

My answer? Get off the computer, the IPhone the Tablet…whatever and get out ! Hit up a sporting event! Head out to an IHRA  Drag Race! It’s the best family fun, fan friendly event you will ever go to! Every ticket is a pit pass. Check out the cars up close! Meet the drivers (like me!). See the sights, smell the smell, and feel the raw power….. You for sure will want to FaceBook, Tweet or Instagram your friends, but I bet it will be just to make them get there too! #TeamDParise #DragRacing #PositiveVibes  !

People always ask how this DPR team can get out there to do what we do. Our Advertising Partners are the key to DPR’s success! This team works hard to keep our Advertisers happy!  From performance to detail this team acknowledges and does it all. Stella sparkles because of the products provided by USA Auto Supply and CRC. She runs well and safely due to products such as DJ Safety, NGK, Speedwire Systems, Hoosier, Motorsports Unlimited and LAT. A special thank you to ‘Uncle Mel’s Mystery Appitizers’. Please visit  . There you will find more information regarding the companies listed. The team encourages you to try the products and services of these companies. The fact remains that they do use them all. That is the best recommendation! The DPR team would like to thank all of their Marketing Partners for their continued support!

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

 AND YES !! 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  to learn more about the DPR team! Then join the team on: Facebook, Twitter and don’t forget Bella the Wonder Pug too  !


See you at the Races!



Athlete’s Voices: Dina Parise, Episode 6. Can you CTS-V Me Now?

Keeping things moving…..

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Athlete’s Voices: Dina Parise, Episode 6. Can you CTS-V Me Now?

Growing up on Long Island, New York in an Italian family always had its advantages. There was the fact that a ‘rite of passage’ as a young woman in an Italian family was learning how to ‘perfect’ the family recipe for Gravy. Yes, I said Gravy. In my house growing up (and still today) if it’s red and has Meatballs, Pork Neck bones and Braciole … it’s Gravy! Veering from food, let us not forget about the ‘built in’ Body Guards of sorts; My three brothers. Being the youngest in an Italian family and the only girl led to many a scuffle and shall we say, dateless night. “Italian ‘Princess’ was a statement often used but misunderstood by many in my case. I was not the type to be a princess in a standoffish kind of way; I was merely a victim of overbearing brotherly love and protection. Once a ‘date’ found out who my brothers were, he usually had ‘other plans that did not include me!

Italians are a very distinct bunch. Proud of their heritage and sometimes it seems more proud of the food they create. One thing stands out about Italians (especially) in New York; many times you can pick them (Italians) out by the car they drive. For those of you not from the New York area this may seem strange, but it’s true! This takes us to the nitty gritty of this story.

Dina Parise Racing is proud to announce the build of a new Cadillac CTS-V by Matheis Race Cars Inc to debut in the 2014 season!  “We are very excited about building a new Pro Mod for DPR.” Stated  Rob Matheis. “We have been fans of DPR for a long time and can hardly wait to see Dina behind the wheel and winning races with a MRC built CTS-V!”

We are excited to be working with Rob and the MRC team! This is a sharp looking car and it will be built by MRC! What more could we ask for?

I think this is for sure what every girl needs…..a ‘Cherry Red’ 3,000 HP Cadillac CTS-V! Don’t you? This car is surely going to make a statement! Although…. I’m not sure I can figure a way to run at 240 MPH with the Italian Horn strapped to the chassis (considering the lack of a rear view mirror!) ! LOL! Well, we will see!

So stay tuned for future updates regarding the new CTS-V Pro Mod and the upcoming 2014 season!

From our DPR family to yours we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous New Year!

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, Throttle Threads (the official team uniforms), Neal Chance, Radical Corvettes ,Hoosier Racing Tire, Browell Bellhousing, USA Auto Supply and Trailer Valet for their support throughout the season and beyond!  Visit here:    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  to learn more about the DPR team! Then join the team on: Facebook, Twitter and don’t forget Bella the Wonder Pug too !

See you at the Races!


Athlete’s Voices: Dina Parise, Episode 5. From the General Lee to Monday Morning Quarterbacks!

This DPR team is not just about racing. We can be found in many places…and always having fun!

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Athlete’s Voices: Dina Parise, Episode 5. From the General Lee to Monday Morning Quarterbacks!


What a whirlwind I have been through in the past few weeks! Our Dina Parise Racing team has been busy hobnobbing with the best of ‘em!

Recently we made an appearance at (Ed Mangano’s) Nassau County Cruise to the Show. This was not your everyday car show. Day 1 (Saturday) consisted of a car auction and Day 2 was the show. (Early on Saturday I had the honor of interviewing George Barris King of the Kustomizers for an upcoming project). On day 2 , we were placed with our friends from the (in association with Barris Kustoms). Early on Sunday I fulfilled many a childhood Dream! My friend Andy Parillo from the Autoseum allowed me to sit in all the movie cars! These are all originals too! Batmobile, Mach 5 (just call me Trixie!) and the General Lee. Not only did I get to do that, we spent the day with George Barris, Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster), and Sonny Shroyer (Enos Dukes of Hazzard). They all pitched in for our ‘Stop Write Here’ Project raising donations for Indy Honor Flight!

I digress for a moment…….If you recall in my prior posts I had crashed the car back in June. The nose of my ’63 Corvette Pro Mod is not yet painted so we decided to launch a fundraising Campaign for Indy Honor Flight. Turn a negative to a positive… ( ) This brings me to a point I really need to make. My disclaimer for this upcoming statement? None! I need to have this said for me and for my fellow racers. Did I crash the car? Um, it’s racing? I am not embarrassed of that, nor do I make excuses for it. In actuality, there were two; yes I said two mechanical malfunctions at once (refer to Episode 1) but I never really relayed that because why should I? In the moment of the ‘incident’ I did what I needed to do. I kept the car in my lane (keeping the other driver safe) and I kept the ‘shiny side’ up. It amazes me when I hear the plethora of ‘shoulda, coulda,woulda’s’ from people that have never even stepped foot in a race car, let  alone a 3,000HP beast. I have not just seen this with me of course; I hear it when other drivers have issues as well. Is it not bad enough that we tear our stuff up, then we need a ‘Monday Morning Quarterback’ telling us how to do our job? I am as positive as they come. I’m a ‘Suck it up Buttercup’ kinda gal ! But this past weekend, at a show…. I nearly lost it. Again we ran the fundraiser. Nose of the car still not yet painted, fans having fun signing it and donating to Indy Honor Flight. A guy comes to me and says, (laughing) “Do you drive one of these?” (My car being parked next to Andrew’s ’53 Pro Mod). I said, “Yes, I drive the one you are looking at.” His response “Maybe you should come back to the show when it’s painted.” Really? I proceeded to explain the fundraiser to him (politely) as he put his tail between his legs and walked away (cheapo didn’t even bother to donate, by the way). I will always keep a smile on my face peeps, but remember you all NEVER know what happens inside that car. It is a wild ride and we have a split mili-second to make the right decision. A simple ‘Glad you are OK’ will suffice. Drivers appreciate that way more than a driving lesson! Just a Public Service Announcement from lil’ ol’ me!


Next we had fun on Fox 5 Good Day NY with Rosanna Scotto and Greg Kelly.Pro Mods on 67th Street in Manhattan? Yes! Never in all my years would I think I would see New Yorkers stop in their tracks! Our cars created a buzz!

Here is Video clip 1 and

Video clip 2 .What do you think?

Racing season is about over. So we keep out there with appearances and fun stuff! No winter hibernation for us! I mention these two events, yet we had many more in between.

If that’s not enough, don’t forget my radio Co-Hosting gig every Monday night! All the info is on my Website……

For now we work on the 2014 season. Our DPR team is looking for additional Marketing Partners for the upcoming season. Do you think your business would be a good fit? Contact me and let’s chat!

Sometimes I feel like I’m on a one woman mission to change the world! I am passionate about everything I do. Can I change the world? Who knows! You should come back for Episode 6 and check my progress!


For now, I will keep it moving down the ¼ mile! Catch you all at the Top End of the track!

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Athlete’s Voices: Dina Parise, Episode 4. Give Them What They Want..

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 Athlete’s Voices: Dina Parise, Episode 4. Give Them What They Want.. 


Being a ‘sports’ personality , with an entertainment background (Ice Capades)  I have a tendency to look at what ‘we’ do from every angle. Drag Racing compares to any other sport to a fan from their perspective. When fans attend an event such as Drag Racing (or any other sport) they expect to be entertained. Seemingly not just by the ‘event’ itself, but by the ‘experience’. It seems the ‘experience’ part is lacking as of late.  If you do not ‘build it’ they will not come, right? Without fans we have nothing.

Fans want to feel they are part of the excitement! Now, of course they can’t sit with me in my 3,000HP Dina Parise Racing Corvette Pro Mod but you get the point! One of the great advantages of Drag Racing is the fact that every ticket is a ‘pit pass’! Fans are able to walk through the pit area, meet the drivers, get an autograph and be up close and personal with their vehicles. They can smell the fuel as the cars start up. They can watch as the crews work on the cars between rounds. All positive factors, yes! But we still need to go a step further. With all ages attending races we need to widen the appeal, that’s just my opinion of course, but I listen to the fans and that is what THEY are saying. Since they purchase the tickets, the schwag and the products that support us they are the ones we should listen to! Again, where will we be without the fans?

Somehow, ticket prices need to be affordable for an average family. In this day and age, not many families can afford ‘sports’ entertainment’ due to the high costs .If you do get in the gate, the prices once you get there are astronomical as well.  In some cases $9 for a hamburger? Come on people, that’s just nutty! I’m thinking fans don’t want to buy the actual cow…… just a thought. I said experience, not extortion! We need to keep it fan friendly!

I want to continue to do what I do for many reasons. I love driving a Race Car. Drag Racing is an amazing sport. Because we are up close and personal with our fans it creates more of a ‘comfortable atmosphere’. It allows us as a team to create amazing programs supporting various Veterans Charities. Take for instance the latest program initiative, the ‘Stop WRITE Here’ Program. After my unfortunate incident in June (refer to Episode 1 for details!), I decided to turn a negative to a positive and, began the ‘Stop WRITE Here’ Program shortly after. Fans are encouraged to sign the unpainted nose of my 63 Corvette and in turn leave a Donation for Indy Honor Flight  (Part of the Honor Flight Network).To date, DPR and its fans have assisted two Veterans in making the journey from Indy to DC! The project will continue until the nose is painted. Next stop for team DPR (we will be continuing ‘the Stop WRITE Here’ Project!) will not actually be a race but will be the Cruise to the Show at Eisenhower Park (East Meadow, NY) on Sept 28th and 29th.Check our DPR website calendar for details!

Aside from getting out there and racing, I have now added to the hustle bustle of this DPR team. I have taken on yet another role! Radio co-host! I am the new co-host of the Sam Auxier Jr. Radio Show. The show airs LIVE every Monday night at 7PM EST .For info go to my ‘On the Radio’ box on the DPR homepage! Log on and check it out!

Sometimes I feel like I’m on a one woman mission to change the world! I am passionate about everything I do. Can I change the world? Who knows! You should come back for Episode 5 and check my progress!

For now, I will keep it moving down the ¼ mile! Catch you all at the Top End of the track!

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Catch ya on the next Episode!


Athlete’s Voices: Dina Parise Episode 3: Personality VS. Performance the Bottom Line

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Athlete’s Voices: Dina Parise Episode 3: Personality VS. Performance the Bottom Line


Now, don’t let the title fool you. I’m not implying that personality should override performance any day. I have to be on my game at all times. Drag Racing is an exhilarating, yet dangerous sport.

But I think now days it may all come down to semantics. Let me explain.

In the early days of Drag Racing we had such ‘Characters’ as  Shirley ‘Cha Cha’ Muldowney (For those of you not ‘in the know’, she IS the ‘First lady of Drag Racing’), Bill ‘Grumpy Jenkins, Don ‘The Snake’ Prudhomme, ‘Big Daddy’ Don Garlits… The list goes on. There were even famous faces for products. Take for example Linda Vaughn. She became famous and well-loved as the iconic ‘Miss Hurst Golden Shifter’ girl! All of these people with ‘character’ did their jobs well sometimes with a bit of controversy all while representing the product or business supporting their racing (Linda excluded). By all means, it worked! The stands were packed, they were household names  and we were watching them on ABC’s Wide World of Sports . Of course that was before the formation of sports channels as we know them today.

Having had the honor of recently spending time with ‘Big Daddy’, I would like to share this. His influence on racers as well as fans is remarkable. As my husband Andrew and I stood having a conversation with him, (in a public place) regarding motor issues people just began to stop and listen. It was worthy of an E.F. Hutton commercial! That is the type of influence we need to re-create today…. We need to absorb the knowledge that is being passed down and pass it on ourselves to keep our sport thriving.

Our ‘Characters’ or ‘Personalities’ of the early days of Drag Racing in my opinion (and in reality) got the job done. The fans knew what products they were representing yet the drivers were still that, the drivers. Fans patronized said stores and used said products. Goal achieved. As a bit of a ‘Character’ myself I have a hard time stifling my personality at all. I ‘gotta’ be me. As many of you have come to know, I was a professional skater for the ‘Ice Capades’ before I became a professional Drag Racer. So, being ‘understated’ may not be my strong suit. OK, it’s definitely not my strong suit.

It is my observation that in today’s world of motorsports, some are looking too ‘robotic’ for the sake of the corporate world. Oh, ok. I’m going out on a limb here, but it needs to be said. I am pointing out the ‘pink elephant’ in the room, (and I just may be it, HA!)! Why would you take a successful way of doing ‘business’ and change it? Would the WWE survive without personalities? I think not. I understand that ‘times change’. Yes. But human nature remains the same. We are all still human. We still want to be entertained regardless of what swirls around us. We still want to laugh and we still want to become even a bit emotionally invested in something. Anything. We want to cheer the hero, jeer the villain and shake the hand of the winner. It helps to remove us from what ails us in everyday life. Yes, in order to ‘support’ our sport (like most for that matter), Big business is here to stay. I get that. Of course it makes the world-go-round. Although big business pays the bills, I feel we need to remind them (big business) about the actual consumers, who are AKA the fans. And, I believe this translates to all sports and all fans.  I may be a driver, but I am a consumer as well. I have to buy products just like anyone else. Now, would I rather listen to someone with a personality have fun plugging a product, or hear a type of ‘Super Talker’? As a consumer (and a driver), I opt for fun. I tend to tune out on the latter. If you incessantly spew out the same words over and over, I for one begin to tune that out. Being one on one with my fans, let’s me know what works for real people (because I am one). Fans are the consumers. We need to stay in touch with our fans, because ultimately they spend the money, they come to the races and they buy the products that support our sport! If we lose touch, we lose fans. I love my fans and I love my sport. I will continue to pay attention to what the fans want. I just need others to listen, to really make things work. It’s a cycle and we need to keep it revolving.

And keep it revolving I will! I will keep on forging ahead ¼ mile at a time.( That is 1320 Feet for those of you who may play trivia!) It’s always a wild ride, and I would not give it up for anything. So much can happe heading down that 1320 in 6 seconds at 240 MPH you can’t imagine! Pulling 3.4 G’s leaving the line is just the beginning. Learn more about Dina Parise Racing here!  We promise not to disappoint !

Catch you for the next Episode!



Athlete’s Voices : Dina Parise Episode 2 ‘It’s all about the journey!’

Here it is! Episode 2 of my Double G Sports Athlete’s Voices ‪column!

My Athlete’s Voices Archive:

Learn what makes me and  this DPR team tick!

Athlete’s Voices: Dina Parise, Episode 2: It’s all about the Journey

Positive Action: The hunt for additional Marketing Partners is the equivalent of Movie actors working as waiters while searching for that big break! You work and work with your nose to the grindstone (or motor LOL!) taking nothing for granted, especially not those who stand behind you on a daily basis, while waiting for that break you need. You know it will come, but when? Well, when it does…you will be ready!

You know then the irony of it all is that when you hit the ‘Pinnacle’, everyone will just throw everything at you…. Funny how that happens! It will happen. We are worthy. We are THAT team that makes a difference! That needs to count and it should. We need to know that what we do and how we conduct ourselves has a positive influence on the people around us and the companies we represent. We take it seriously. We keep it positive, always…that is who we are! For now it is “May I take your order please?” But tomorrow….. who knows? Dina Parise Racing -DPR are fierce competitors in our amazing Corvette Pro Mods, and great representatives. We enjoy knowing we can make a difference… one fan at a time! It’s not just about getting to the stripe first , but the journey you take to get there….. Speaking of the journey…..

I’m a chick. I guess you got that. I have a tendency to pay attention, even when people think I am not. My husband Andrew calls me ‘Hawkears and Hawkeyes’. I don’t miss a beat. I like to take everything in, especially when we are at the track. Being female and being a Racecar driver in the public eye also makes me feel as if I am a role model. Uh, oh! Hang on to your hats…… I think I may be headed for a bit of Dina discourse!!!

Ok, here’s the thing…. We are in the Public Eye… If it is me, a Basketball player, Hockey Football etc…. Male or Female. In my eyes we have a responsibility …( Yep, I said responsibility) to be role models for a younger generation and I guess all generations. Like it or not, as Athletes we are looked up to. Therefore that puts us in a position to act accordingly. Now don’t forget, I was a professional figure skater as well. So, I have seen many sides to this argument. I have been in the presence of professional athletes, some of whom were amazing to their adoring public. I have also been in the presence of professional athletes that treated the public as if they were not worthy to breathe the same air as them. Really?  Case in Point; Years ago I met (I will not name names) a professional baseball player. He was so rude to my friend, I could not believe it. I being from NY and growing up with three brothers , had learned to stand up for myself (and others). I put a stop to his rudeness. I will not elaborate. LOL! Let’s just say, he got the point.  I have also met people such as baseball great Lee Mazzilli and he’s as down to earth as they come and a great guy. My point is we as athletes can (and probably will) meet someone once and only once. It can be for a moment. Regardless of whether I am having a great day or a crappy day, all that fan will remember is how I treated them in that moment. I take that seriously. I never want a fan to walk away having had a poor experience.It’s like that saying ‘You never get a second chance to make a first impression.’  My hope is that in any encounter I can empower not only women but everyone to do whatever they dream to do in their lives.  That my friends, is a big part of the journey.

So, I’m off to our next ‘gig’. We have some fun stuff in store for the fans ! I am heading to Maple Grove Raceway July 19th-21st for the Super Chevy Show. Because we have to fit my beautiful ’63 Corvette with a new nose so it is not yet painted with the amazing flag drape the car is known for. So, I thought why not have a little fun? I created the ‘Stop Write Here’ Project to benefit the Honor Flight Network (the project will continue until it is painted!)! Fans will have the opportunity to sign their name (and take a photo of it) on the unpainted nose of the ’63 Corvette and help support an amazing organization all at the same time! As fans arrive in the pit to sign the car and take a photo, DPR will only ask that they make a donation to the Honor Flight Network. Honor Flight Network (  ) is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. We transport our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. . Top priority is given to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill. Honor Flight has many regional hubs to accommodate Veterans.

Now, since I am a chick…. my wish is for the funds  be allocated to  female Veterans. As a driver (and a person), these ladies inspire me. I think this is a great way to give back to them for their service. It’s my way and our DPR team’s way of saying Thank you and you are not forgotten. It’s what makes my journey complete!

I will catch you all in Episode 3! HHHMMM, what will I have in store? Wait and see!

Thanks for reading!






I have been asked to write for the Athletes Voices Column on Double G Sports! I love that more peeps want to know about this amazing sport of Drag Racing and this DPR team! I hope they are ready!

A bit about me joining Double G :

**I will be posting on the 20th of each month.**

My Athlete’s Voices Archive:

Here is the first installment…..

Athlete’s Voices: Dina Parise, Episode 1. It’s About Mental Preparation, But Don’t Forget the Stilettos!


“I don’t mind living in a man’s world as long as I can be a woman in it.” That is one of my favorite expressions by Marilyn Monroe.  Now, I’m not piloting a 3,000 Horse Power  63 Corvette Pro Mod in a pair of stilettos or anything, but you get the point!

Since this is my first blog here on DoubleG Sports let me catch you up to speed! I’m Dina Parise. President of Dina Parise Racing A two car Pro Modified Drag Racing team. In Drag Racing we Race two cars side by side. We either race ¼ mile or 1/8 mile depending on the event we are attending. In ¼ mile for example a ‘run’ ET (Elapsed Time) is usually 6 seconds or less at speeds of over 240MPH. And… Yes, I said two car team. I pilot a 1963 Corvette and my husband Andrew (my team mate and fiercest rival) pilots our 1953 Corvette. Each car has 3,000 Horsepower and can pull in excess of 3 G’s when leaving the line. Cool stuff right?

Please note, I am writing this between races…. Welcome to my world! As I write, I have to then step away and later return to the lap top with more info! So, try to keep up!

Piloting a Pro Mod can be a tough gig. But, not for reasons you may think. I’m not referring to my competitors or to the fact that I’m a chick. The tough part in many instances can just be the car itself. Take for instance my outing at Capitol Raceway. If it was not bubbling over, spilling out or shutting off….. then, it was not happening! AAAHHH, Drag Racing! Some days just go that way! You can’t win for losing!

It’s days like that , you cannot let those issues in your head. I am an athlete by nature. As a former figure skater amateur competitive and later professional for the Ice Capades , I know the importance of concentration.  Now especially, concentration and focus is a matter of safety. The game has changed but the mindset remains. My mental preparation has not strayed much though. In years past I used a Walkman, now I use an IPod. My music choices have probably not strayed much either! Def Leppard, Queen, AC/DC, Bret Michaels, Bon Jovi I guess you get my drift.

I often wonder about other athletes. How do they get their heads in the game? Do they use music? Do they jog? Do they do crossword puzzles? I think we all have a way to get in the zone and it is personal preference.

As I said, mental preparation is key. I must be prepared for what may happen in an instant. Take my latest outing at Atco Raceway. I pulled up to the starting line, as I do for any typical run. This run became anything other than typical. Mental Preparation…. Here is where it becomes key. Late into the run, the rear of the car began to bounce in the air. That is not typical of this type of race car. My crew member noticed that my Chutes (Parachutes) did not deploy as they usually do. He calmly repeated the word ‘chutes’ to me in my ear. In my head I was screaming, “UM, yes… I’m aware of that, but they are not coming out!” But my hands were fighting a different battle. One I was feverishly losing.  When a Pro Mod is bouncing in the air at over 200 MPH chances are, things will not go in your favor. Of course, what goes up must come down. When she did, she was not facing in the same direction as she was initially. So, up on the two driver’s side wheels she went! Feeling as if she was going to roll, the best I could do was wheel her easy enough to calm her down. All things considered the damage was minimal. The chutes did decide to make a guest appearance after all was said and done. Better late than never? I think not!

This DPR team will now move forward and continue to work harder than ever! I hope you all will check us out at  ! Be sure to follow DPR on FaceBook, Twitter and Google Plus to see what we are up to and where we are! Don’t forget to check out our amazing Marketing Partners when you visit our website . People always ask how DPR can get out there to do what they do. The Advertising Partners are the key to DPR’s success! This team works hard to keep their Advertisers happy! So check out the Advertisers and go ahead and try their products and services! DPR uses them all!

Thanks for reading! See you at the races!

‘Till next time!


Drag Racing vs. Street Racing Get it Right!


If you view the news, you will notice that the term ‘Drag Racing’ gets thrown around frequently and for the wrong reasons. The use of the media’s incorrect  terminology has a tendency to reflect negatively on the sport of Drag Racing as a whole. For those who have never experienced the amazing , family friendly sport of Drag Racing (where have you been?)… here is a quick lesson!

Drag Racing (in short) is a competition in which ‘prepared’ vehicles compete in a ‘controlled’ environment (a Drag Strip). There are governing rules for participants and that includes safety.

Street Racing is just that. Street Racing. It is in no way shape or form , Drag Racing and, yes it is illegal and it’s just plain stupid.

Now I ask you, if they were going around a curve, why do they not call it NASCAR racing? Just a thought.

For the many who participate in the sport of Drag Racing whether it be on a professional lever or as a hobby, it is the Drag Racing community that is fighting the battle to uphold a reputation being tarnished by those who seem to have no knowledge of what the sport actually consists of. The media in it’s haste seems to latch onto the term Drag Racing as if it is a common denominator. The common  denominator is education , or lack of it.

As a Drag Racer I feel the need to want to educate the media (as well as the general public)  on the difference between Drag Racing and Street Racing. I have made 100’s calls to local newspapers and TV stations requesting the correction. Their answer? We will make a note of it. Really a note? And the beat goes on.

I have had conversations with Top Fuel Driver Doug Herbert about this very subject. He and I have the same complaint when it comes to getting the media to understand the distinction between Drag Racing and Street Racing.  Doug’s amazing B.R.A.K.E.S. Program ( ) is one that should be in every community (in my opinion).

I reiterate, education on ALL sides is key! For many reasons. Of course to start; We need to differentiate between Street Racing and Drag Racing for the (what we as Racers know to be) obvious reasons. Let me entertain you!


Street Racing: ILLEGAL. Done on our public Roads. Very Dangerous. Very Stupid. *That sums it up*

Drag Racing: LEGAL. Performed in a controlled environment. With governing rules, regulations and safety features. A family sport! Entertaining and a great day out for all. Every ticket is a ‘pit pass’! No gender requirements. No age limits.

As a Team owner and Driver I admit, I do find it a responsibility to our fans and even to the public to make everyone understand the importance of safe driving. But the negative connotation of Drag Racing to Street Racing has created an ‘Oxymoron’ of sorts. Here’s why.

Due to the now created misconception, many think that Drag Racers are cowboys on the road. Quite the contrary. I know, we as Drag Racers are safer drivers because we are more aware, more cognizant of what can happen. It’s our job. So, let us put it to good use, rather than sensationalizing our sport because it’s there for the taking.

This DPR team works hard. We work hard at racing and we work hard when we are not. Just as many other teams do. So love it, or not…. I am standing up for all of us Drag Racers and saying…..

Street Racing is NOT Drag Racing…Get it Straight…

Thank you!

See you at the Drag Strip!