Jenna Haddock, wife and team member of Funny Car driver Terry Haddock, will make her NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top Fuel debut this weekend at Bandimere Speedway, near Denver, Colorado, home of the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals. Haddock also plans to race in the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals in Seattle, August 1st through 3rd and the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona, November 13th through 16th.
Haddock’s sponsor will be Patriot Grading & Engineering, headquartered in Fontana, California. The company is a full service-grading contractor serving the Southern California region.
“I’ve known Jenna and Terry for about four years,” said Bascom Mellon, President, “and I respect Jenna for her talents. I have a photo of Jenna and my wife, Ashley, sitting together in Phoenix and it reminds me of the struggle we went through with my business. I received help back then, so now that I’m able, I want to give it back. I’m thrilled to be able to give Jenna her start. When I look at them, I see family. They represent the grass roots of drag racing; the way I remember it growing up. They are together at every step; working so hard and making everyone feel welcome. There is beauty in their struggle and there will be success in their fight. I respect them greatly and how hard they work. They are the kind of people I want to be around.”
Haddock attended Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School at Bandimere Speedway and earned her Super Comp license in 2008. She took three years to obtain her Top Fuel license, completing the requirements at Royal Purple Raceway earlier this season.
“I am so excited to go back to Bandimere,” said Haddock, who will continue her work on her husband’s racing team. “When I was getting my Super Comp license at Hawley’s school I had a difficult first day and I spoke to Terry over the phone and he helped me understand what I was supposed to be doing. While it wasn't anything but friendly advice from a knowledgeable driver, it was the first time he helped me. Now I’m returning to the mountain as a Top Fuel driver and I couldn't have done it without him. It also means a lot to me to be back in Colorado, because one of my very best friends lives there and I am excited that we will continue to share our lives even now.”
The Haddocks have purchased one of Antron Brown’s canopy dragsters from Don Schumacher Racing.
“I just can't thank Don Schumacher Racing enough,” said Haddock. “Everyone on the Matco team and in the fabrication shop at DSR worked hard to help us make the transition to the new car. It is a blessing to get to race and we couldn't have done it without all of their help.”
“I am beyond ecstatic to get to do this. I have been going to the races since I was a little girl and now getting to be part of the show is an honor. I want to thank Terry, my team and my sponsors for supporting me and believing in me enough to give me the opportunity to do this. They have worked so hard to make this happen for me. I know that we have our work cut out for us but I so badly want to make everyone proud.”
Pro qualifying for the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals kicks off Friday at 4:45 and 7:15 p.m. MT, concluding Saturday at 3:15 and 5:45 p.m. MT. Eliminations get underway Sunday at 11 a.m. MT. Keep up with the action at www.nhra.com.
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