Hill to show future of Ford drag racing
When he arrives at Fun Ford Weekend at Maple Grove Raceway, Roy Hill will be kicking off a very busy stretch in his 2013 schedule.
“Starting at Maple Grove, we have 17 straight weeks on the road,” said the racing veteran, who will also be conducting his driving school at The Grove.
Stops during that period will include Norwalk, Indianapolis, Bristol and Charlotte.
“It’s one race right after another,” he said. “We have some match races booked, too.”
Hill, who helped usher in the return of the Fun Ford Weekend at Maple Grove in 2012, will be back again to judge the car show and race in his Cobra Jet.
Two things that have been constants with Hill over the years have been Ford and Coca-Cola. Brand loyalty is an important part of the way Hill has been operating his successful racing operation over the years.
Hill said that he’s very excited about his future with Ford, despite the manufacturer’s announcement that it is pulling out of the NHRA Mello Yello Series.
One thing that Ford emphasized when making the announcement was that it will continue supporting Sportsman racing, including supplying Hill with the latest Cobra Jets.
“I’ve talked with them and the way it sounds to me is the more I can do to help Ford with Cobra Jet drag racing program, the more it will help racing,” Hill said. “They will focus on Sportsman racing, putting good packages together in the parts catalog. I think Ford is going the right way in the sport of racing.”
Hill also has the low down on the new Cobra Jets.
“Ford is happy with the way the Cobra Jet program has come out,” Hill said. “The plans are for the ‘14 model to come out in October and the first will go to Barrett-Jackson (auto auction) right away.
“We’re going to have a couple of days at Zmax Dragway (near Charlotte) for Cobra Jet buyers to come in October. The 2015s are planned to go forward, but I’m not sure what engines they will have. It will have new body style and from what I’ve heard it will be nice.”
As for his present fleet, Hill said his cars will put on a good show for the fans at Fun Ford.
“They’ve been running real good,” Hill said. “We’ve run good and had some luck. We found a problem and we’re back on top of everything. We did a lot of testing this year and we’re bringing four or five cars to Maple Grove. We’re bringing extra Cobra Jets on Friday to test.”
On hand will be Cobra Jets from 2010, ’12 and ’13 along with some Lightning trucks.
Hill said he’s looking forward to being back at Fun Ford after enjoying the event’s successful return in 2012.
“I thought it was great,” Hill said. “Your car show was tremendous as was the car club involved. The race will be better. There were a few years you didn’t have Fun Ford and I think it will turn around. I think this year will be a big part of making it grow.”