‘Fast N’ Loud’ Guys Getting Very Fast And Very Loud
Gas Monkey Garage co-owner Richard Rawlings contemplates his first trip down the Texas Motorplex's all-concrete surface in the Driven 2 Win Drag Racing School Super Comp dragster in Ennis. (RacinToday photos by Martha Fairris)
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
ENNIS, Texas – The guys from “Fast N’ Loud” have hooked-up with a motorsport that is loud n’ fast, another expansion of the Texas brand that is all about “Blood, Sweat and Beers.”
Gas Monkey Garage partners Richard Rawlings and Aaron Kaufman have partnered their Dallas-based business with Hennen Motorsports of Denton to field an NHRA Top Fuel dragster.
“What’s fast n’ loud, other than Top Fuel?” said Rawlings, whose deal with team-owner Roger Hennen was the subject of the last two Monday night episodes of “Fast N’ Loud” on the Discovery Channel. “It’s that plus there’s something about the sport…it’s quick and it’s what I like. I like the speed, the danger, everything. Anything can happen out there when you’re going 300 miles per hour.”
A native of Fort Worth, Rawlings was his over-the-top self during the Gas Monkey Garage dragster’s debut at the 29th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals two months ago.
“We’re actually a little different than a normal sponsor. We actually went into partnership with Hennen Motorsports and we’ve got a drag race team,” said Rawlings, whose initial investment of $100,000 has been rapidly escalating. “It’s not about just putting our sticker on the side of a car. I mean, anybody can do that. We’re here to play the game. It started as a normal, ‘Hey, will you sponsor us?’ and turned into more of a partnership and let’s do the whole thing and go after it.”
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