Life is for Living and Racing

The 2015 Dina Parise Racing season is under way. Teams are getting their last minute items completed and before we know it racing will be in full swing. Things are flying by lately, the days are nights and the nights are days, you know when you have to ask what day is it, you are shot.


The new business (Andi-Con Performance) is coming together, all the pieces are coming together nicely. Just taking a little more time then I had planned. We are OPEN for business as of February 9th with a grand opening planned for in April. It is going to be a huge opening with a car show, great food and of course show off the new business. I worked in Corporate America for over 20 years, wore many hats during that period. Someone told me a long time ago, you won’t get rich working for someone else and it is very true. But isn’t all about the money, I want to be excited about what I do, provide a reason for waking up and going to work. With this new adventure I look forward to making a difference.


I cannot wait to go testing with the Dina Parise Racing Cadillac CTSV. We have to finish some new things and make our final changes. It has been way too long and can’t take looking at everything sitting still. Living in PA has the same weather as NY but it has some serious winds which makes it extremely cold. I hate the cold, did I tell you…. I hate the cold. Well the cold is close to Mushrooms which gross me out. Anyway, running one car is going to be a lot of fun this year and different. We run a converter so our maintenance is bit easier than the guys with the clutches. But who knows what the future brings. I was always the guinea pig, well now the boss can be. Plus, not driving is going to give me a lot of time be a thorn in the side to the boss.


2015 seemed like it was going okay, until I got a call that my father had a major stroke, he was found by my middle brother sitting in the car in a supermarket parking lot. He was there for 6 hours in 20 degree weather. My family has a bad health history with my mother dying at the age of 53 to Cancer, my grandmother had a stroke and now this. As many know my father and I have different outlooks in life and had major differences. He has helped many people in his life. He was a Lt. Col in the Air Force and an Art teacher. He was recovering well for a bit but then took a turn for the worse and passed on. I was an Altar boy (in the Catholic Church) at one time. Yes Me an Altar Boy. This was fun as we found out the red stuff was really good wine. All I can say is don’t drink the wine before a funeral mass. When you ring the bells, it doesn’t mean let’s dance. Just saying.. Anyway, I don’t go to church as often as I should, but I do believe my mother is kicking his ass right now about a lot of stuff.


So, this brings to me to something near and dear to me. You have to remember where you came from and live your life. When my mother died I swore I would live my life to its fullest. I have some things I still want to accomplish but I have done a lot of things. To have to live within your means is well,  a bit overrated. I am not saying go out and max your credit card. All  I am saying go and buy something new now and then. You never know, by the time you read the end of this blog it could be your last breath. It’s a scary thought but it’s true. Maybe that’s why I drive a Pro Mod, but that may change too. You can’t live saying ‘what if’ and ‘shoulda , coulda, woulda’ all your life, I have lived like that and it is boring. You might as well wrap yourself in bubble wrap before you leave the house. Go out and live. Do something different each day. Don’t wait for something to happen so you can say I should have did things differently. Go make your statement.


Now, back to reality or somewhat reality; DRAG RACING!!!! We have many choices to race, NHRA,IHRA,PDRA and other venues. I hear all the chatter about how one organization should control rules or why there isn’t a standard set of rules for all classes. Why is the speed limit different in every state, why are the taxes different in every state, why are NY property tax so high. An even playing field is great if everyone can play on the same field at the same time. But not everyone can play on that field at the same time nor can some afford to. The Pro Mod group has a “buy in” then you have to pay NHRA their fee for each race. Maybe this is the future, I don’t know. IHRA and PDRA have no buy in, just a cost to enter the race. My point to this is each series has different rules to accommodate different racers. Is one right or one wrong? I don’t know. Choose what works for ‘you’.


It is going to be a great year of racing in every series, from Nitro to Sportsman. I miss my racing family and can’t wait to get back on the track as a C… Cr….. Crew member. WOW, that was hard to say.

Stay warm and see everyone soon.

Dina Parise ; Float Like a Cadillac, Sting like a ‘V’ !

Depending on your taste…. You may choose a luxury vehicle or maybe something sporty right? What if you could have both ? Sort of….

High Performance Luxury: High performance luxury can be defined as space, comfort and presence but yet, is ultimately defined by the ‘feel’ of the overall vehicle. Emotion begins to distinguish the difference between a ‘luxury’ and a ‘mainstream’ car. Ah, it just became emotional!

In the spirit of taking high performance luxury to the next level, the Dina Parise Racing team would like to present and welcome ‘Stella’, the NEW 3,000HP Cadillac CTS-V Pro Mod built by none other than Matheis Race Cars Inc (Paint by Bruce Mullins).

It is said that perfection takes time. Building Stella had taken a bit longer than first anticipated. Seeing her in all her glory and as the stunner that she is made it well worth the wait! It seems the DPR fans also agree. The response has been overwhelmingly positive!

Debuting a car such a Stella is no small undertaking. Especially when the team doing it is a husband and wife, family run organization. This DPR team has some incredible Marketing Partners ( ) that have assisted in making Stella the ‘reality’ as opposed to just the ‘dream’. Unfortunately DPR does still lack the extensive backing this team needs to compete on a full time basis. We will continue to work as hard as we have been to make that happen!

We recently had the honor of again being part of the Nassau Count Cruise to the Show (on Long Island) for Stella’s debut! Getting to show Stella along with Movie and TV Car Design and build icon, Mr. George Barris ‘King of the Kustomizers’ is purely an honor for us! To top it off, we also won ‘Favorite Car’ picked by none other than one of Long Island’s largest Cadillac dealer Sarant Cadillac! That for sure is a testament to the stunning beauty of Stella.Nassau cruise8

Andrew and I have so much going on at one time; it’s mind-numbing but no complaints of course! Not only do we have Stella making her debut, but we also have embarked on a new chapter in our lives. We are opening Andi-Con Performance in New Freedom, Pennsylvania very shortly! We recently participated in the New Freedom Heritage Fest with Stella and met so many great people including the Mayor of New Freedom Jeff Halopin. I say ‘we’ when it comes to Andi-Con Performance and DPR…. But here is the deal. I am the owner and President of both Andi-Con and DPR. Ah, yes my husband Andrew answers to me in many more ways than one! Poor guy, right?Andi_Con FB

Now for the ‘shameless plug’; From Street Rods to Pro Mods as well as Show cars Andi-Con Performance can assist you with all your performance needs. From Bolt-On performance to all important Safety equipment (DJ Safety and Bell Helmets) through to tuning at the Drag Strip; Andi-Con Performance respects you and your vehicle no matter the level of racing competition or even if for show! That’s it in a nutshell. We are currently working on our website, but please like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for information; and . We look forward to being your go-to performance shop! Performance shop aside, we have much more in store for the community as well. Stay tuned for more information regarding what we will be doing!

So here’s to new beginnings on many fronts! Stella has made her stationary debut and is awaiting her moving one! Andi-Con Performance is due to open shortly and we look forward to much success in New Freedom, Pennsylvania not only business wise but through the community endeavors we have planned as well!

Dina in Smoke

Lastly, I think you get that I am quite competitive right? Well, I am entered in a ‘Calendar Competition’ (on FaceBook) with the organization Car Chix. If you are a member of FaceBook, please take a moment to vote for me! All you need to do is LIKE the photo on the Car Chix original post, no app required! Here is the direct link; Rock that vote people!

I cannot wait to be back here with more updates! With so much going on there are bound to be stories to tell! Thank you all for reading, following and showing the DPR love! Stay tuned for updates on our progress!

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, Bell Helmets, DJ Safety, Stainless Works, Speedwire Systems, USA Auto Supply, Matheis Race Cars Inc., Hoosier Racing Tire, CRC Industries, Coast 2 Coast Cuisine TV and Axcel Sports for their support throughout the season and beyond! Visit here: 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 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 !

Thank for reading!

See you at the races!

Dina Parise~DPR