Well as usually it has been a little bit since I have checked in and man oh man do I have a lot to tell you. We have moved our race shop to Daytona Beach and are putting the finishing touches on the new shop. This is a dream come true for Chris and myself. We have worked so hard for the past 10 years and then some to get to this point and every morning when I pull into my parking spot, I think this is OURS!!!!
So not only it is the coolest Jet Shop, we are work with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to start up their Research Park. I can't tell you much yet, but stay tuned because there is so much going on right now. I never dreamed that 20 years ago when I went down the dragstrip in my 75 Vega, that it would ever turn into this. But here we are and I don't even know if I can dream big enough to know where this is going to take us. So in February we are having our Grand Opening. We will also do a mini opening in December for the PRI show. If you are in the area, I will post the dates and we would love to show you what we have been working so hard on.
With moving our shop, we had to relocate as well, so we sold our house and purchased a new one not far from the shop. Nice to be close, but still able to get away. We are still unpacking and putting the finishing touches on the house. Nitro isn't quite sure what is going on, and he misses chasing the squirrels and kitty's, but he is adjusting. He loves coming to work with us everyday at the shop and has made many new friends. Andrew is adjusting as well, he is doing the Florida Virtual School this year and I am so proud of him. He does his school in the morning and then afternoons he works with Chris in the shop to earn money for a car as he will be 15 very soon. YIKES!!!!
All of that should be enough, but we are just getting started. A few weeks ago we announced the addition of a new driver Marisha Falk. Marisha is 24 and will drive the Embry-Riddle jet dragster for the 2012 season. She is an Alumni of Embry-Riddle with a degree in Aeronautical Science. We have know Marisha for over 4 years when we met up at EAA in Oshkosh, WI. She looked at the dragster and was hooked. We have been working with Marisha for that past few years and she is going to make a great addition to the Larsen Motorsports Team. Marisha's dragster is at the shop getting the final touches put on her and as soon as possible we are going to have her start making some test passes. She is so talented and dedicated, I know she will make an amazing driver. I will be driving the Miller Welding jet dragster full time and we will be racing across the country together.
Speaking of racing, we have been busy on that front as well. Larsen Motorsports has visited a lot of our favorite tracks so far in 2011. Everything was going well until we hit the World Series of Drag Racing in Cordova, IL Friday nights pass went well came back the next day to make two passes on Saturday. Unfortunately on the first pass Saturday evening we had an issue. The car sustained some damage, and I am fine, but was very sad. I have to thank everyone at Cordova for helping us that evening as well as the Miller Road Show guys. Talk about true pros!!! Never fear, my beautiful baby is back at the shop getting worked on to be better than ever.
There is never any rest. We are working hard to put the Miller dragster back in circulation as quickly as possible while finishing up the year with the Embry-Riddle jet dragster. It has been an interesting experience. You sure do realize very quickly who your friends are in times of need. Failure is only a fact when you give up. Everyone gets knocked down, the question is: Will you get back up?
Take care, be safe and we WILL see you at the races!!!