Army, Yankees dragsters at N.Y. Int'l Auto Show
New York car enthusiasts now have 12,000 reasons to attend the 2001 New York International Auto Show.
Continuing the tradition of innovation and excitement of North America's first auto show, in association with the New York Daily News, the Gwynn/Steinbrenner-owned New York Yankees Top Fuel dragster will be on display at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center April 13-22 at this year's exhibition.
Also on display will be the U.S. Army-sponsored Top Fueler of 1999 NHRA Winston Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher. Schumacher will be signing autographs at the show Wednesday, April 18 beginning at 1 p.m.
"We're excited about the opportunity to display the world's fastest Top Fuel dragster in the world's most famous city," said Gwynn/Steinbrenner Racing co-owner Darrell Gwynn. "I think the spectators will get a real treat out of seeing the 6,000-horsepower New York Yankees Top Fuel dragster. Once you see this 330-mph dragster at the New York Daily News booth, you'll be hooked to see it run next month at our race in Englishtown [N.J., at the Matco Tools Supernationals]."
"This New York Yankees dragster is just a monster," said Dunn, the current NHRA Top Fuel points leader who ran the sport's fastest speed, 331.61 mph in Houston earlier this year. "When the New York City area gets to see this car up close in person, their jaws will hit the floor. It's the coolest, fastest hot rod on the planet and to have it at the New York Auto International Auto Show is really neat. Whether you're a race fan or not, you'll want to come take a look at the 330-mph pinstripes of the New York Yankees dragster," he added.
Last month, the unique marriage between baseball and high performance racing met face-to-face as driver Mike Dunn was honored in throwing out the first pitch at an exhibition game between the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers at Legends Field in Tampa.
"I never thought that throwing a baseball 60 feet would scare the heck out of me," said Dunn, "but to look over and see Reggie Jackson, Yogi Berra, Joe Torre and Derek Jeter staring at you, that makes driving 330 mph a piece of cake,"
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