Dina Parise Racing races to support injured Virginia girl with Unique Fundraiser

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. ~Mahatma Gandhi

In the blink of an eye. The equivalent of 1/3 of a second of precious time. It is a testament of how quickly life can change. As racers, the Dina Parise Racing team can certainly attest to that, but accidents happen in everyday life just the same. Lives become disrupted as in the case of 20-year-old Katy Daniel.

In an instant

Her story: On Mother’s Day 2016 Katy was involved in a horrific, life altering accident. She was working on fence to be installed for her horse, Ginger by helping her uncle with an auger attached to his tractor to dig holes for the pasture posts. Katy’s hair became entangled within the rotary shaft of the operating auger; resulting in total scalping of Katy’s head, the loss of her forehead, one eyebrow and both ears.Katy Daniel

Katy was taken by Medevac that tragic day to MCV/VCU Critical Care Hospital in Richmond, Virginia where she remained hospitalized for two months, due to her injuries. She has undergone five surgeries thus far to reconstruct the cranium; the longest being sixteen hours in length. Katy has many more surgeries and years of reconstruction ahead of her. Due to the in depth trauma and loss specific anatomy, Katy will most likely be traveling throughout the United States for specialty care.Katy Daniel 2

Katy lives in Dinwiddie County Virginia with her identical twin Taylor, and her parents Russell and Melissa Daniel. “Katy has been an Inspiration and Warrior during this trying time, given the life changing trials she faces daily.” Said Melissa Daniel “She continues on through doubt’s and failures, most of the time with a smile. Though its painful, she gives all the determination and courage within her. She starts every day with a new hope, and has Faith for better days ahead.”

As many of you may know, Dinwiddie is well known for many things; among them Virginia Motorsports Park. The Dina Parise Racing team has, for many years, considered VMP and Dinwiddie a ‘second home’. “We have been going to VMP for so long, we consider everyone one there family to us.” Said Dina Parise “We met our crewmember Butch in 2009 when he worked the staging lanes. He is now part of our family and our ‘go to’ guy.”

When the Parise’s became aware of Katy’s situation they felt they needed to get involved. “We feel as if it is our community.” Said Parise. Not wanting to invade the privacy of the family, Parise called longtime friend and WTVR CBS 6 Reporter, Wayne Covil who had been covering Katy’s story exclusively. He assisted Parise in beginning the process of getting the fundraiser off the ground.

The Fundraiser: For those of you familiar with DPR you are aware the team is no stranger to the charity/fundraising world! This fundraiser for Katy is no ordinary fundraiser! Katy’s spirits will be lifted by of course donations being made, but along with each donation a #KATYSTRONG decal will be placed on Stella (the Cadillac) to show support. This will coincide with Dina Parise competing in the Xtreme Pro Mod category, driving her famed Cadillac ‘Stella’, at the NMCA Super Bowl at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, IL. July 29-31.

Katy stickerFor those who donate, there is also the opportunity for schwag to be won! Lastly, someone’s face will take a ride IN Stella at the NMCA Super Bowl race at Route 66! Be sure to donate, and it could be you!

Here’s how this will work:

 Donations: (Please read carefully)

  • Donations can be made to the Katy Daniel Go Fund Me Page: 
  • Visit: https://www.gofundme.com/23d2hmk
  • In honor of each Donation DPR will put a #KATYSTRONG decal on Stella.
  • Let’s fill Stella with #KATYSTRONG decals to show our support!

Donate to win cool stuff and rules:

  • Now, here’s why it’s REALLY COOL to donate! 
  • Each Donation will enter you in a drawing, the winner will be picked at random.
  • When donating on the Go fund Me Page, leave your name, and use #KatyStrong/DPR in comments to be entered* 
  • *Drawing to be held Thursday July 28, 2016 at 12:00PM CST*
  • If your name is selected, you will receive: Schwag from DPR and (DPR marketing partners) Aerospace Components and Car Chix. 
  • But wait… There’s more; the person selected will also have their face (OK, a photo of their face) ride along as a passenger inside Stella during the NMCA race at Route 66 Raceway July 29-31! Right there on the front dash! It’s the next best thing to being there! But hey, that makes YOU the star of the next DPR in-car video …! Your face
  • Be sure to pass this along to everyone you know! Let’s all be #KatyStrong and support this amazing girl! 
  • If you are attending the NMCA race at Route 66 in Joliet, IL and would like to make a donation, have no fear! Please come see DPR on the Manufacturers Midway !That is where our pit is located. We will be collecting donations for #KATYSTRONG throughout the event.
  • Can’t get to the track? Be sure to follow along on DPR’s Social Media! The team will come to you LIVE via DPR’s Facebook Mentions ( http://facebook.com/DPariseRacing ) throughout the weekend! In addition, the team always has a LIVE ‘Pit Cam’ set up! See what happens between rounds of racing and throughout the day! To view, visit the team’s website at: http://dinapariseracing.com/ . For the full racing experience, you can view the on-track action as well on http://bangshift.com/ ! Don’t miss a beat! 

Schwag provided by: Aerospace Components Inc., Car Chix and Dina Parise Racing

Thank you to: Wolf Customs for providing the #KatyStrong decals.( http://wolfcustoms.net/ )

Thank you to: Aerospace Components, Eastwood, CRC Auto ( Smart Washer) NGK, Lucas Oil, Speedwire Systems, Hussey Performance, Hoosier, Motorsports Unlimited, Crank It Media.

Please visit http://dinapariseracing.com/marketing-partners . There you will find more information regarding the companies listed as well as some *special offers*! The team encourages you to try the products and services these companies offer. 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!

Get Social: Be sure to join the DPR team on all their Social Media! Their Website will show you the way! So for all things DPR please visit http://dinapariseracing.com/ Parise has quite a bit on her plate for the 2016 season on the track and off. Be sure to follow along on Social Media to keep up with it all!

 

Photo Credits: Melissa Daniel, Dina Parise Racing Inc.

Passion VS Conscience a delicate balance

Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart. ~Marcus Aurelius

There are many outside (and even inside) the tight knit circle of Drag Racing that do not understand how we persist regardless of circumstances surrounding us. It seems to be a struggle of conscience verses passion. Many of us wondering where do we draw the line? When do we say ‘the show must go on’ and when do we pull the plug?

Passion is the strongest of emotions, yet so is grief. How do we balance the two yet be true to the ones we care for? It’s a delicate balance. Oddly in racing, it seems that question answers itself. Passion consoles the grieving party. Passion in turn gives strength and becomes a form of solace. This seems true for most athletes. Therefore, it is an unspoken understanding that when tragedy strikes within the ranks the competition will continue. It continues because that passion is what fuels every competitor and inevitably keeps that competitive flame burning. Passion binds us, fate brings us together and keeps us forever bound to one another.

Having been an athlete all my life, I understand this theory all too well. Sudden death or injury can make anyone question continuing in that moment. Again, as I have learned it is the passion that we draw upon for strength. Utilizing that passion for strength is what eases the conscience in the long run merely for the fact that it solidifies the tie that binds us. Call it cliché, but it is the truth.

So, for those standing in judgment of others continuing to follow their dreams in the face of adversity I ask you this simple question: ‘What did YOU do today?’ Until your answer consists of struggling to make your way, fighting tooth and nail to achieve your goals; you may want to keep that pie hole shut. There are too many that condemn the actions of others without having any real knowledge of those they are condemning or what it is they do. I am making a blanket statement here. But I have said it before, until you have been there, done that or stood in THAT person’s shoes you have no right to judge.

Frankly it does not matter your passion , be it; Drag Racing ( I will admit we prevail on the ‘cool scale’), Figure Skating (yes also high on that ‘cool scale’ as well ), a ball sports, music , art, whatever . In the end it all comes down to the conscience verses passion. Let your passion continue to keep your dream alive. Your conscience will keep itself in check and you will know at what moment something may be disrespectful or off. Every case is different yet the passion remains the same.

Get out there. Follow your dreams, or sit on the couch and eat Cheetos. The choice is yours.

See you at the Track!

Dina Parise

Click,Click, Boom…..

Well, Stella is being a real Bitch. She keeps fighting us in every way possible. Just when you think you have her figured out; BAM she says “HA!HA! You know who you are dealing with.” We have not struggled this hard in a long time. I have some very great and amazing friends behind the scenes working with us. I am very confident we are going to get Stella back on track and competitive very soon.

 

We attended our first NMCA race at Atlanta Dragway and have to say it was a lot of fun. We fought the cold weather and some incidents but overall it was a lot of fun. The fans were amazing! They came out in the wind and cold to watch racing, and stayed all day. The track crew did an amazing job keeping a tight surface and the NMCA staff were extremely accommodating. As for our crew, Butch Branzelle drove from Virginia to Georgia to crew. A seven hour ride all for being paid in Lasagna. Thank you to Jody Lupton for offering to crew as well. Also joining the DPR crew for the weekend was Ellen E. and Damon S. of E3xtreme.Be sure to check out the photos of Stella as well as other NMCA racers. They are amazing! Ellen did an awesome job crewing with us. We certainly had a lot of laughs this weekend which was needed. We can’t thank them enough for all their help.

 

2016 has already been a tough year for our sport. The latest being the wreck of Ronnie Davis that claimed his life. In drag racing, it is not just about the racing but the comradery. When we were moving to Georgia and looking for a building people told me to reach out to Ronnie Davis. He knows everyone. I was not close with Ronnie, but talked to him at the track numerous times. I talked to Ronnie about finding a building and he was so accommodating. Right away he was calling everyone, asking who has a building for a NY race team. He was the King for a reason. Forget the racing, he was just that guy willing to help you and a straight shooter. He didn’t know me that well to help me, but he did. Then there is Ian (Tocher) of Drag Illustrated. Ian was doing what he did best. Covering the races. He was unfortunately injured during the incident. But so far things are looking somewhat positive for him. We became friends with Ian a long time ago. He always has that smile on his face. Keep him in your thoughts for a speedy recovery. Our friend Pat Musi had major heart surgery. I love to joke with Pat about how he needs to eat more salad. Needless to say, he does not seem to be a fan of ‘that’ green stuff! LOL! Dan Stevenson had a major fire and thankfully he is okay and has unveiled a new ride. A ton of crashes this year already and we are only into two months of racing. Further rocking the drag racing word was Bob Vandergriff deciding to retire. My point to all of this is as racers, we have a bit of wall up and everything seems a bit secretive. Racers protect their info regarding tune ups and combos, but at the end of the day we are all a big family. We don’t do this for the money, we do this because we are all nuts and love not just the sport but the people in the sport. Hearing about Ronnie and Ian made me sit back and analyze my own life and what really matters. I hate the statement ‘Gone in 60 seconds’ but it makes you really think about life and how quickly someone can be taken. Appreciate them while they are here.

 

Truth be told, I have to get back behind the wheel of a car and soon. If I’m not careful, I will be divorced by the end of the year because I am driving Dina nuts. I don’t mind crewing but I miss the thrill of driving, I miss the rush. Besides, I want a championship under my belt. I can’t let her have all the glory, although I do look good in TUTU. Life isn’t about finding yourself (because you are not lost) life is about developing yourself and creating your own path. A motivational speaker once said “You only get one ticket in life, use it until it expires”, that speaker was my wife. When I worked for corporate America, I was married to my work. I worked extremely long hours and traveled sometimes 3 weeks a month. For 10 years I rarely saw Dina. Maybe that part was not so bad….Well truthfully it was. The worst part? The fact that I lost who I was. I became the corporate guy that I swore I would never become. I learned a lot but wasn’t happy. You can make all the money in the world but it won’t make you rich in happiness just rich in the bank. Do what you love to do and keep doing it. For example… I don’t know Keith Haney well. But he became a business guru at a young age. Just look at the man. He is always smiling, having fun and has an amazing family behind him. He is full of life. People around him are having fun because it’s contagious! John Montecalvo and his lovely wife Lois Anne have become close friends of ours. Both of them (each) have amazing businesses and they are some of the most caring people you will meet. Like they say you surround yourself with good people. Positive people.That positivity will be returned to you.

 

So, we have been asked so many times about racing in IHRA as well as other sanctions. Right now we are focused on a couple things, one being to get Stella running well. The car itself is working great. Matheis Race Cars built an outstanding piece. I couldn’t ask for a better car. We have amazing Marketing Partners for this year and beyond. (Be sure to visit http://dinapariseracing.com/marketing-partners/ for Special offers from them! ) Our plan is to build a second car and continue to build our team. We will continuously strive to make our team bigger and better.

 

At the NMCA race we were under a lot of pressure, well I was. I have been working on this race car for two weeks trying to figure out her issues. A lot of people behind the scenes have helped and I can’t thank them enough. When your stress level is pouring out your eyeballs, I can cause you to lose your mind. Yes, I lost my mind. Stella and her issues got the best of me and I just exploded. I went off. I was screaming at Stella but I was in the boss’ face. The only thing that saved me was the fact that she (Dina) was still strapped in the car. You can give a great driver a great car but when it lacks power the car just doesn’t like it nor does the driver. Think about this, you come home touch a light switch and get an electric shock. The Electrician tells you it’s fixed but it happens again and again. After a while you are hesitant to touch that switch. It’s the same thing with race car. I’m the electrician but she is the one that has to touch the switch. I can’t believe I am going to write this but I have to apologize to D..Di…. Dina for exploding. Oh, I am never going to live this down.

 

I have to get back to the shop and go have a long talk with Stella. Maybe we have to give her some wine and cheese to make her happy?

 

Remember…..GO live life….It’s the only one you get.

 

See you at the races,

Andrew ‘Bam Bam’ Parise

Photo Courtesy E3Xtreme

NEW SEASON , NEW PERSPECTIVE FOR DINA PARISE RACING

 

There is much to be said for a fresh start. It’s a new season for the International Hot Rod Association beginning with a with a new facility new management and a new IHRA, president Mike Dunn. A new season is just that. New and a clean slate. For every team out there it is a time to start over. New beginnings if you will.

The Dina Parise Racing team heads to the first race of the 2016 season with a fresh perspective as well. “The 2015 season was a wild ride” Said Dina Parise. “Coming out with the (IHRA) Championship just makes me want to work harder. I’m looking forward to this season; the direction my team is going as well as the direction IHRA is going.”

DPR does not seem to find themselves having an ‘off’ season. This husband and wife duo works continuously to keep the team and the dream of racing alive. “Our hard work and persistence is paying off.” Said Parise “We gained some amazing new partners such as Lucas Oil, Eastwood and Hussey Performance over the winter and are solidly still partnered with companies such as NGK and CRC. We owe so much to the companies that stand behind us and cannot thank them enough.”

With the beginning of the season comes more exciting news for DPR. Sunday March 6th (Spike TV 9 AM est) Parise (and her Cadillac Pro mod Stella) will appear on Power Nation TV with host Katie Osborne. “I was honored to be asked to appear and do an interview on Power Nation TV. It’s an exciting time for me and the team.” If you miss the episode this Sunday, it will re-air March 11th on NBC Sports Network at 10PM est and March 12th on CBS Sports Network at 10AM est.

The DPR team continues to push the envelope in every way. From performance to detail this team acknowledges and does it all. Stella sparkles and looks great because of the products provided by Eastwood and CRC Auto. She runs well and safely with products from as NGK, Lucas Oil, Speedwire Systems, Hussey Performance, Motorsports Unlimited and DJ Safety. The DPR website looks great and runs efficiently thanks to the professionals at Crank It Media. Please visit http://dinapariseracing.com/marketing-partners . There you will find more information regarding the companies listed as well as some *special offers*! The team encourages you to try the products and services these companies offer. 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!

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

Photo Courtesy: RTM Productions

 

Power Nation 4 USE

DPR to appear on Power Nation TV! Are you in?

Branding, logos, advertising and sales. All words that seem synonymous yet the marriage of them all may seem elusive at times. Or is it?

As many of you may know, I am the 2015 IHRA Pro Mod World Champion. In my former years I was a professional skater (performer) for the Ice Capades. In an odd twist of fate I gave up my sequins for a fire suit. The ‘game’ is oddly the same just at a bit of a faster pace! Why am I telling you this? Because my former life as a performer has honed my skills as not only an entertainer but a spokesperson. Do you see where I’m going with this?

Let me entertain you! As I am entertaining, shall I assist in promoting your product or service as well? Let my opportunity be your opportunity!

We will be shooting an episode of Power Nation TV on December 17th (to air at a later date). Appearing at the studio will be myself, Andrew, Bella (the PR Pug) and of course Stella the beautiful 3,000HP Pro Mod Cadillac. We will be interviewing with host Katie Osborne and have the opportunity to acknowledge our marketing partners throughout the show.

 

Power Nation TV is the #1 Automotive How-To program in the nation! Here are some numbers for you to look at. Let them sink in for a moment…. I’ll wait….

 

Power Nation TV airs on 3 Networks:

  • Spike – 97 million U.S. homes
  • NBC Sports Network – 86 million U.S. homes
  • CBS Sports Network – 60 million U.S. Homes
  • Also: Available on Roku, Amazon Fire, Xbox, Apple TV

 

Not to mention:

  • 1.5 million social followers
  • 800 thousand email recipients

To add to this do not forget that Dina Parise Racing has the 2015 IHRA Pro Mod World Championship. Along with and incredibly loyal fan base and very active social media following. We understand the meaning of ROI and how to create it. We do not let our marketing become stagnant. If a company puts their faith in me and my DPR team, we work hard and get results. We are not about just slapping a sticker on the car and calling it a day.

Let’s begin a beautiful relationship starting with the Power Nation TV appearance and working through the 2016 season and beyond! Together we will create marketing campaigns to attract the consumer! Many of the marketing professionals these days remind me of the old ‘Jack in the Box’. You wind them up, they pop up but never leave the box. It’s time to think ‘out of the box’!

For more information please contact DPR at info@dinapariseracing.com .Will you be attending the PRI Show? We will be! Let’s take time out to speak face to face at the show. There is nothing better than actual conversation!

Remember:

‘Beauty attracts the eye, personality attracts the consumer ‘~Dina Parise

http://dinapariseracing.com/