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From their beginnings at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats in the 1960s to the NHRA Circuit and back to Bonneville, the Strasburg family have spent many weekends together fulfilling their need for speed. “Family is really the most important thing,” said Mike Strasburg. “It’s important that everyone’s there, having fun, and that it’s enjoyable for us all. My father was still going to the races with us when until at the young age of 79 he passed away after doing what he loved going to the races. Strasburg also emphasized¬† that there are four generations that go with us to these races.” A LEGACY OF SPEED” Allen, fell in love with the Bonneville Salt Flats while watching record-breaker Sir Malcolm Campbell race in 1935, and he turned this love into a family project of building race cars and setting records. The family’s racing activities began with Allen at the Salt Flats in the 1960s. Allen turned the keys over to Strasburg’s older brother Lindsay in the 1970s, and from that point forward, Mike, Lindsay, and the other two Strasburg brothers – Tim and Jeff – took turns behind the wheel of the family’s various race cars. The foursome enjoyed a good deal of success, setting a total of 22 records. all four also made it into Bonneville’s 200-mph club, making them the first four members of a family to achieve the feat. “[Getting into the 200-mph club] really meant a lot to us because at the time there were only two people from the same family [in the club],” said Strasburg. “That was the first record that meant anything. all the other records we set were great, but getting into the 200-mph club is something that everybody out there tries to do.” The brothers entered the sand drags ranks in the 1980s with Lindsay wheeling a ’69 Bronco in competition. Mike followed in a modified Jeep, and the two cars combined for more than 20 event wins and five Western Sand Drag Nationals titles. In 1989 and 1990, Luigi Colani commissioned the brothers to run an array of aerodynamic cars at the Salt Flats, including a Corvette and Ferrari. The team set five records with the cars, including two for the European market. The brothers continued to share driving duties until 1992, when Mike became the permanent driver. “We decided if we were going to get serious [about racing] we needed to make a lot of runs,” said Strasburg. “It was just too hard to do that with too many people driving. It takes so many runs to try to get good that we just decided [I would drive], and nobody has really wanted to take over.” FROM SAND TO ASPHALT In 1992, the family bought a Top Fuel dragster that it match raced at the track now known as Rocky Mountain Raceways in West Valley City, Utah. After crashing that car at El Mirage dry lake in California, the team purchased a Top Alcohol Dragster. They campaigned a Top Alcohol Dragster from 1996 to 2001, during which time they won two Division 7 races, advanced to a handful of finals, finished second in the Division 7 points standings twice, and attended the Jeg’s Allstars races representing Division 7. During the latter portion of his Top Alcohol Dragster days, Strasburg received support from Cornwell Tools. When the company left the team, The Strasburg’s decided to move up to Top Fuel. “We were ultimately trying to get a fulltime sponsor to try and do this as a profession,” said Strasburg. “I still have a business to run, but if we could find the funding, we would run the full tour. That’s really why we [moved to Top Fuel] because it’s tough to get anyone to talk with you about sponsor ships for an alcohol car.” The team purchased its current dragster midway through the 2001 season and began preparing it for competition. They entered the Top Fuel ranks in 2002 and have run a limited national event schedule the last two seasons. The team’s 2004 calendar includes 10 NHRA POWERADE Drag Racing Series events and a handful of match races. Because the team does not have a major sponsor,¬† The Strasburg Family¬† Racing relied heavily on the family memers hard work and long hours along the generosity of others who volunteer their time to keep them on the track. The Strasburg brothers play major roles on the team: Jeff is the crew chief; Lindsay serves as team manager; and Tim, who cannot attend all events, helps with the fuel and other similar items. Mike’s son-in-law Ryan Borchert helps with the blower, Lindsay’s son Aaron did the clutch work, and Lindsay’s stepson Ben Carter works on the bottom end. In addition, The Strasburg sisters Linda and Colleen, Mike’s wife Sue, and Lindsay’s wife Sheryl help with off-track activities such as cooking, computer work, public relations, and other business matters. The family also receives help from a number of volunteers, including Clydell Bowen, whose company, Bowen Ford, supplies the team’s tow vehicle, and Tom Bowen, Dave Wheelie, Mark Killpack, Curtis Terry, Darrin Williams, and Mike -Knowles. Bob Noice and Don Jackson advise on the tuning of the car. In addition, Strasburg’s father Allen and his wife Marie attended many of the races to lend their support. ‘ RIGHT ON TRACK Though they have competed in a limited number of Top Fuel races, the team feels its program is exactly where it should be. Strasburg had picked up his performance each season, and he is qualifying regularly. He notched his first career Top fuel round-win when he defeated Tony Schumacher in round one at the 2002 Denver event, and last season, he turned heads when he posted a career-best 4.623 in his opening round less in Chicago in September. “We were probably the happiest losers there,” said Strasburg of his Chicago outing. “[The team] was jumping up and down and screaming at the starting line, and somebody looked at them and said, ‘Well, you lost.’ but we were just really happy with that run.” The team picked up some financial assistance from Raptor Industries and Procomp Electroncs. In the meantime, the team continued to run a part-time schedule, working on improving its overall performance each race. The last few NHRA seasons the Strasburg team maintained a smaller race schedule and three of the brothers (Jeff, Mike and Lindsay) were hired by Owner and Driver Jim Whitely to help maintain his wife Annie’s Alcohol Funny Car. As of this year they are still helping the Whitely’s maintain the alcohol funny car and have decided to go back out to Bonneville and set more records.

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