Summit Racing Equipment Fulfills Racing Dreams at Frank Hawley ’ s Drag Racing School
By Ainsley Jacobs
For almost 40 years , Frank Hawley ’ s Drag Racing School has been the leader in racing instruction and entertainment for aspiring professionals , thrill-seekers enthusiasts , and everyone in between . Summit Racing Equipment has been involved with the School since 2004 and , thanks to Summit ’ s support of sportsman-level racing , Frank Hawley ’ s has been able to make drag racing dreams come true for tens of thousands of speed students .
Similarly , Summit Racing Equipment has provided high-performance parts to its customers at fair prices with fast shipping and outstanding customer service since 1968 . The company first partnered with Frank Hawley ’ s Drag Racing School nearly two decades ago as a way to continue its support of the enthusiast and racing communities .
“ We value what Frank [ Hawley ] and his team are doing by helping folks learn to race or take the next step to go faster in their careers . For some , it ’ s a bucket list-type item , but for everyone , they ’ re fulfilling dreams ,” says Jim Greenleaf , Motorsports and Events Manager at Summit Racing Equipment and an employee of the company for 25 years . “ Frank is improving drag racing , and we are proud to be a part of that by supporting the school as well as its students and racers .”
Frank Hawley ’ s Drag Racing School creates a safe environment in which its students can learn while also promoting the sport itself in a professional manner .
“ I ’ ve attended some of Frank ’ s classes and I was impressed with how he presents the materials while keeping students focused , and how he progresses them on-track with each pass to safely grow their skills ,” adds Greenleaf , a sportsman racer himself who has spent countless Saturday nights blasting down the dragstrip and knows firsthand just how thrilling a trip on the track can be .
Instilling confidence and developing competence are core focuses of the School , as its curriculums are geared towards developing the next generation of drag racers . Summit Racing Equipment supports these same goals by offering a discount on its products to all of Hawley ’ s graduates , and also by endowing the School with fire jackets and pants , as well as other safety equipment and items that attendees may need .
“ Working with Summit over the years has been wonderful ,” affirms Hawley , who trusts Summit as the School ’ s “ go-to ” source for almost everything needed to operate its programs and keep its race cars running perfectly . “ Summit ’ s folks understand the needs of the customer . Racers need the right products at the best price and shipped fast . Summit does this better than anyone .”
The relationship has been such a successful one , in fact , that Summit plans to continue to work with Frank Hawley ’ s Drag Racing School in the years to come .
“ Frank ’ s a great representative for Summit , and for drag racing ,” shares Greenleaf of the School ’ s founder , two-time NHRA Funny Car World Champion Frank Hawley . “ We love giving back to racers through contingencies or however else we can , and Frank ’ s School is a big piece of that puzzle .” DI
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