In the Northeast, this winter proved to be one of the longest and toughest ever. With the trailer being buried under feet of snow, racing season seemed a distant memory as well just a dream. But finally, the snow has melted, the temperature is rising and the season is starting. Well, sort of.
“As all of us say, we need more time in the day to complete our projects,” stated Andrew Parise. “We have been real busy putting the race cars back together, revamping our trailer and everything else. It is amazing when you say to yourself; I have time to get to that, and the next thing you know, you are scrambling to get it done. Our goal was to have both cars race ready for Valdosta test session; even though we knew Dina will not be driving the car due to her (longer than expected) recovery from hand surgery. This has been a trying time for my wife and I have to say she is as tough as they come. As many of you know we call her “The Chef”, but for the last couple of months we have changed that to ‘WWE…’ “Where we eatin’?”.
“Being a driver and sitting on the side is extremely hard to do, but we are a team and that is what I had to do, but frankly, I do not do well as a spectator,” states Dina Parise. “The ‘damage’ was more severe than we expected and recovery is taking longer then I want it to. I will be out in April to test, and for the Super Chevy Show in Virginia Motorsports Park for some shake down passes. You may even see the first 2010 ‘Heads up’ Parise vs. Parise race at VMP. Let the betting begin!”
Parise Racing made quite a bit of progress in 2009 and Andrew has gotten off to a great start in 2010.The team went to Valdosta and Andrew put some great numbers on the board. Andrew ran a 6.086 @ 236.17 MPH. “I am happy with those numbers for our first day out,” stated Andrew. “Those are really good numbers for a converter car. I know we can improve on that.” Although it was not all as easy as it sounds, in the end the team found the answers they needed. Parise Racing has a great team supporting them to achieve their goals. Their crew chief Dave Jordan did a great job with the help of Jody Lupton and Bob Sweatland. The team also wanted to mention Nick Montana, Chris Montana and James Montana (Montana Pro Chassis Design). With a special thanks to Bill Barrett. All mentioned were a great help in Valdosta and it was greatly appreciated!
Valdosta is also where the team introduced a new ‘race day’ feature! A live feed featuring the Parise Racing pit area. You can view the live feed on the www.PariseRacing.com home page any time the team is at the track. Want to know when the feed goes live? Join Parise Racing on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/PariseRacing , and on Twitter http://twitter.com/PariseRacing for the latest updates.
The 2010 schedule is going to be a busy one. For one the team has committed to the Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association races. In addition the team will be attending Pinks All Out, Super Chevy and NHRA Unleashed (in association with NEOPMA). Also on the schedule is the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, for the team to earn points toward running the Get Screened America Pro Mod Challenge.
At each event, Parise Racing will be actively involved with America’s Veterans through their ‘Vettes for Vets’ program. As proud supporters of the Wounded Warrior Project, the Parise’s will be raising donations at each event for WWP, as well as hosting Veterans for the day. If you see a Veteran at the track, please remember to thank them. Also, please stop by the Parise pit and make a donation to this great cause, or donate on line (securely and quickly): http://www.pariseracing.com/causes.php .