Permatex Follow A Dream Team Kicks Off 2015 NHRA Racing Season with Top Speed Qualifier

March 15, 2015

Hartford, CT”¦The Permatex Follow A Dream Team officially kicked off the season at Auto Plus Raceway in Gainesville, Florida, February 20 ““ 22, 2015. In the process, the team set the top speed of the meet for the East Region season opener. Driver Todd Veney hit 262.79 mph in the final qualifying session for Top Alcohol Funny Cars, narrowly missing the team’s all time speed record of 262.85 mph by .06 mph.

The Permatex Follow A Dream Team is sponsored by Permatex, an innovative leader in chemical technology for automotive maintenance and repair. Permatex is continuing its long time support of the Follow A Dream Race Team as the team’s corporate sponsor. This year marks the 11th consecutive season that Permatex has partnered with Jay Blake and his Follow A Dream Race Team in the NHRA series.

Over the past five years, the Permatex Follow A Dream Race Team has been in the NHRA Top 10 three times and finished the 2014 season in 5th place regionally and 12th place, nationally. Blake and company look to improve on an impressive 2014 campaign and have been hard at work for 2015, tuning the new 2014 Camaro, which they debuted at end of last season.

The Permatex Follow A Dream Race Team will challenge the 2015 NHRA series with veteran driver Todd Veney behind the wheel. Veney, an NHRA racer and motorsports journalist has been with the Follow A Dream team since 2010. He will help the team compete in 14 races this year, across the United States, eight of which are national events.

The Permatex/Follow A Dream Team 2014 Camaro is ready for the 2015 NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car challenge.

Permatex/Follow A Dream Team pit area at 2014 Nationals race in Joliet, IL.

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About Follow A Dream

Follow A Dream Race Team is a remarkable story in itself, and winning at the national level is only part of it. Follow A Dream’s owner and crew chief, Jay Blake, is totally blind. Jay lost his eyesight in a tire explosion over 18 years ago, but he did not lose his positive attitude on life, nor his desire to pursue his dreams. Jay had always wanted to form his own race team, and in spite of his serious setback, he continued to focus on his goals. Through years of incredible determination and perseverance, he was able to realize his dream and founded Follow A Dream Racing. Since then, the team has worked its way up the rankings to become one of the top Funny Car teams in the world.

Jay Blake’s mission to motivate others

While he has worked incredibly hard to build his team, Jay Blake has also worked to encourage others to overcome adversity. He has toured the country as a motivational speaker at community schools, vocational institutes, corporate events, social club gatherings and hospitals, encouraging people to believe that they can rise above adversity and achieve their life’s goals.

Permatex is a leading manufacturer, distributor, and marketer of premium chemical products to the automotive maintenance and repair markets. Since 1909, Permatex has been an acknowledged leader in the development of innovative new products and services for the automotive aftermarket. Permatex markets a wide range of products under well-known ITW brand names such as Permatex®, Fast Orange®, Spray Nine®, the Right Stuff®, Gel Twist®, Ultra Bond® and Dr. Bond®, Ultra Cherry®, and Grez-Off®.

Permatex currently operates in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the U.K. and exports products to more than 85 countries around the world. North American operations include Permatex’s headquarters in Hartford, CT, a state-of-the-art manufacturing, distribution, and technical center located in Solon, OH.

Permatex is a division of ITW (Illinois Tool Works Inc.), a US based, NYSE listed corporation, founded in 1912. ITW is a Fortune 200 diversified manufacturing company.