🏆 We all here love drag racing and this time the story comes courtesy of Skip Gladstone and I love to see our drag racing family chase after their dreams and catch them.
On January 14th, 2020, I headed to Gainesville Raceway, Florida to document and support Skip Gladstone as he went to mark this off his bucket list.
🏎 Frank Hawley's Drag Racing School is the program that Skip would use to begin his adventure and the Gladstone smile just got bigger as the day unfolded.
👨🦲"I watched Skip get suited up to begin his day, and as we all know this first pass is tough, your nerves seem like their going to boil over. Skip kept his nerves in check, stayed focused, and listened to everything Frank Hawley and the crew was teaching to him.
With the first pass done, everything began to settle in for Skip, and he just became more and more concentrated as the day went on. Frank would go through the data and videos after each pass and then let Skip know what he needed to correct for or be aware of for the next pass. Frank's ability to see you as an individual and then get you to apply the core principles needed to improve is impressive. With Frank's guidance, Skip just got better and better, and as mention above, the Gladstone smile just got bigger and bigger.
Frank's crew kept the machine running great and are a great group of professionals. The crew also was right there watching every detail for Skip and Frank, making sure everything was ready and all safety measures were being followed. The Hawley crew was vigilant at every level, which included asking questions of their own. They would make sure their driver understood what they needed from him when operating the dragster. They also made sure any questions Skip had were answered and understood. The Frank Hawley Drag Racing School is a great program and teaches you not just how to drag race but how to think drag racing.
I'm honored to have been a part of Skip's adventure - Teamwork makes the Dreamwork!" - JT Norton
🎖Frank Hawley Instructor background
NHRA's Top 50 drivers of all time
International Drag Racing Hall of Fame 2014
Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame
Two-time NHRA World Champion in Nitro Funny Car
Nine NHRA National Championships
One of only 16 drivers to ever win National titles in both Top Fuel Dragsters
AND Nitro Funny Cars
Member of the NHRA "4-second club."
"Driver of the year" – Car Craft Magazine
🎓Frank Hawley’s Course Graduates… Jack Beckman, Steve Torrance, Antron Brown, Robert Hight, Tony Schumacher, Austin Prock, Jordan Vandergriff, Stevie “Fast” Jackson, Bob Tasca, Tim Wilkerson, Courtney Force, Brittney Force, Matt Hagan, Alexis DeJoria, Doug Kalitta, JR Todd, Tony Pedregon, Jim Campbell and more.