The Parise Racing team has come a long way in a fairly short time. The husband and wife duo has also seen its fair share of ups and downs and this week was no exception. Parise Racing attended the Pro Outlaw Doorslammers (POD) race at Maryland International Raceway (MIR).
“My 63’ Tim McAmis Corvette was less than cooperative this weekend.”, stated Dina Parise. “For first round qualifying, I left the line and she just shook, hard. We brought her back and our crew Chief Dave Jordan made some changes. We went back for round two and she shook again, but I peddled it. It just wasn’t enough to get in the show. It’s ok. We will go back and look over the data and correct the issues before our next time out. We are confident in Dave, and that is half the battle.”
Andrew Parise was presented with problems of his own. “Just as I left the line in the first round of qualifying, my 53’ Montana Bros. Corvette blew the tires away.”, stated Andrew. “We went back and made some changes before second round. The car still shook leaving the line, but I peddled it. Like Dina, it was not enough to get in the show. It was tough for both of us to be out. Our crew chief Dave Jordan and (crew) Brandon Page did a great job this weekend. It just was not in the cards for us, I guess.”
Being at MIR for the Quartermaster’s Challenge, featuring Pro Outlaw Doorslammers was more than just a racing weekend for Parise Racing. The team held Sydney’s Butterfly Wishes Benefit with the help of POD, MIR and Quartermasters Racing. The benefit was (and still is) to aid the Meekma family in managing current and ongoing medical costs due to Sydney’s recent Leukemia diagnosis. Sydney is 5 years of age, and this is her second battle with cancer in her young life. When the team put the word out about Sydney’s Benefit, POD and its members were there to help.
Parise Racing would like to thank POD for their involvement in the benefit as well as the Pink, personalized, remote controlled car they presented to the team on Sydney’s behalf. Maurice Bea, Candyce Marsh and Jessica Petrini went above and beyond for Sydney, as did the POD organization on a whole. The team would also like to thank Keller Motor Sports for the vinyl Sydney’s Butterfly Wishes Logo.
The team on behalf of the Meekma family greatly appreciates the generosity of everyone who donated!
On another note, anyone who knows anything about the Parise’s , knows how much they respect the veterans of this country . On Sunday the team had the pleasure to meet 11 veterans from Walter Reed Army Medical Center. They were hosted for the day by Quartermasters Racing. “The veterans spent some time in our pit,” Stated Andrew. “We enjoyed talking with them. They were cheering us on. It was an honor for us.”
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