POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2009)– Shawn Jenkins, manager of Rancho Auto Care in Upland, Calif., was named today as the first NAPA AUTO PARTS Honorary Crew Member of the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season.
For the second straight NHRA season, NAPA AUTO PARTS will present this honor at each of the 24 NHRA national events.
Jenkins, 36, was selected in a drawing featuring NAPA AUTO PARTS wholesale customers in the Los Angeles area. "Shawn is a valued customer of our Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) store," said Tony Odom, area manager for the L.A. District of NAPA AUTO PARTS, "and we at NAPA would like to thank him for his business throughout the years and we look forward to a continuing association and success with him in the future."
Jenkins' non-wrenching crew-member duties today included escorting the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Funny Car to the staging lanes for the first round of qualifying. He also helped retrieve the car at the end of the track following driver Ron Capps' run.
"This is pretty neat," said Jenkins. "I've been around drag racing quite a bit when I was younger and this was a whole new experience. It's also great to be able to see how the NAPA Funny Car operates.
"When I was a little kid I had a family friend who raced drag-racing Volkswagens and I grew up traveling the Southern California circuit.
"I've been coming to the Winternationals and also the Finals in Pomona all my life because I live only a few miles away. When I was in high school I would skip school on Fridays, come here and watch the races."
Jenkins also met and chatted with the entire NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Funny Car crew and was a special guest in the NAPA hospitality area throughout the day. He received a NAPA team jersey, experienced an up-close-and-personal view of the NAPA crew as the team worked on the car, and enjoyed a private tour of the team transporter and pit area.
NAPA AUTO PARTS Distribution Centers at each NHRA event during the season have different criteria for choosing the persons who are potential NAPA AUTO PARTS Honorary Crew Members..