The most prestigious race of the year is held in Indianapolis, over Labor Day weekend, the U.S. Nationals. At this race the Mopar Hemi Challenge is contested. For the Hemi racers that is the race to attend. In 2004, with the quickest car in the nation, we found ourselves unable to get an entry to the race due to points (you must attend a certain number of events to earn points). To have THE car sit at home while THE race was being contested didn't sit well with us. At other races we attended we noticed that Pro Stock driver, Jeg Coughlin, was usually watching the Hemi's run. We approached him about driving our car for that event. As a former world champion the points rules are not applicable. He agreed, went on to be #1 qualifier and won the event. It was a HUGE win for our team.
At 83 my Dad is retired from active engine building now, just does some small repair jobs to keep himself busy. It was nice to see him smile while reminiscing about a great racing weekend.