ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 3) -- When one thinks of New Jersey they don't exactly think of New York but veteran drag racer Jay Payne does. The 2006 Pro Mod champ knows that running his FireIce Camaro means a lot to firefighters everywhere but there's a soft spot in his heart for the FDNY.
"This is an extra special race for us," Payne said. "We're in Jersey but we're so close to New York City and everyone loves the FDNY and we do especially, so we really love this race."
Payne takes his FireIce Camaro to the 42nd running of the NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park with hopes of making his best showing of the 2011 season.
"I'm ready to go some rounds this weekend," Payne said. "We've been struggling so far this season. Honestly, I have fun no matter what the result but winning is always more fun than losing."
The past series champ made it to the final round at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in 2007 but has not been able to capture a victory at the legendary facility in his FireIce Pro Mod car. Payne hopes that will all change this weekend.
"Of course I want to win," Payne said, "I want to win every race we show up to. This one is extra special though. If we could seal the deal here it would mean a lot to us and the entire FireIce team."
In Englishtown, Payne will be saluting the nation's 1.1 million firefighters with his FireIce-branded racecar, which carries the logos of the Leary Firefighters Foundation (www.learyfirefighters.org), Angel Faces (www.angelfacesretreat.org), and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (www.firehero.org).
Recently added to the United States Forest Service's Qualified Products List, FireIce is an environmentally friendly fire suppression gel firefighters add to water to help extinguish fires much quicker than with water alone. FireIce was created by GelTech Solutions, a publicly traded corporation (OTCBB: GLTC).
Get Screened America Pro Mod Series qualifying gets under way at 3:15 p.m. EDT Friday at the NHRA SuperNationals. There will be one more round of qualifying at 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, which will be followed by the first elimination round at 4:15 p.m. Eliminations will conclude on Sunday.
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