Recovering From a Rough Start

After a rough start to 2010, I’m ready to get the 2010 race season under way.

As you all know my grandfather passed away Jan. 8. My family and I want to thank everyone for all of their thoughts and prayers. It was so comforting to read the letters, emails, text messages and cards from so many people. My grandfather inspired so many and for that he will live on within the hearts and souls of his friends and family. He was a great example of how to live a life and for that I was blessed to have him as my role model for so many years.

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What many people were not aware of was during this difficult time my youngest son Cameron became very ill.

He suffered with a high fever of over 105 for nearly eight days before the doctors finally diagnosed him with Kawasaki disease. This is a very serious virus that attacks your heart. Fortunately, the fine doctors at Hasbro Children’s hospital in Rhode Island were able to treat him for this virus and he has made a full recovery.

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On to racing in the midst of these challenges, our team was able to test in both south Florida and Phoenix. I was not able to attend the Florida test session, so with a little help from Del Worsham, we were able to make several runs over a few day. After Florida, we went to Phoenix and we were able to make nine runs, most of which were only half track passes.

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During the off season we spend a lot of time on the dynos checking blowers, fuel pumps and clutches but there is no dyno like the Funny Car. Sometime what the dyno says will work, the race cars says it doesn’t! I’ve learned that the race car has no friends – it is what it is. Even though we didn’t make many full runs, every time you hit the gas you learn something.

I’ve included some new photos of the 2010 Shelby Mustang that all of the Ford teams will be debuting in Pomona. There have been many improvements to the design and I’m looking forward to seeing it produce some record runs in 2010.

Off to Pomona and I can’t wait!

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