BAYTOWN, Texas (April 11, 2010) – Daniel Lindsay of Houston was named the sixth NAPA AUTO PARTS Honorary Crew Member of the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series today at the 23rd annual NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park.
Lindsay, originally from Dallas, is the Assistant District Manager for Firestone Complete Auto Care, which maintains 29 stores in Houston.
Although he's attended NHRA drag races in Ennis, Texas, this was his first visit to Houston Raceway Park. "I've done some drag racing at another local track, Houston Motorsports Park, but personally I'm more involved with road racing," he said. "I have a '94 Cobra Mustang right now, but I've had a variety of cars through the years, including Mustangs, Trans-Ams and Camaros."
Lindsay, 37, has been with the company for 11 years and his relationship with NAPA has lasted for over 17 years and continues to grow. "NAPA is making a real big push to build their relationship with Firestone in Houston," he said. "NAPA has a really big presence with our company in Dallas, and we've enjoyed a lot of success between our two companies. We've worked together in the past, and we're just trying to help our local Houston NAPA rep Jane Read get her business going in the direction it needs to go. At the same time it's going to provide a lot of benefit for my company as well.
"It's great to be named the NAPA Honorary Crew Member at this race. Don Schumacher's teams have had a ton of success, and especially Ron Capps. He's always been one of the guys I've followed because he seems like a good guy. All the DSR drivers have a lot of personality and character."
&Robin Eager, Sales Manager for NAPA Houston, was on hand to present the honor to Lindsay in the DSR pit area today. "NAPA is continually trying to build our relationships with national accounts, such as Firestone, NTB. Of course, Daniel is with Firestone with 29 stores, and we threw a little bit of a challenge out there for him to grow their NAPA purchases.
"He met that challenge in a big way and, in fact, went way over. So I'm thinking I should have told him it was higher so he would have bought more parts. We're glad to have him here and be part of the partnership."
As for NAPA's relationship with DSR, "I think it is a phenomenal relationship that needs to be continued," added Eager. "Of course, I'm a racing fan in general, but the great thing about NHRA is you're there. You're right there beside the car, you have access to the drivers. I can think of no other sports affiliation where you have that kind of access to the stars.
"Not only is it great for us, but we try to use it and leverage these relationships with our customers, to make them feel like they're part of the NAPA family and ultimately that grows our business and that's what sponsorships are designed to do."
Lindsay's non-wrenching crew-member duties included escorting the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Funny Car to the staging lanes for the first round of eliminations. He then helped retrieve the car at the end of the track after that run.
The side window of the NAPA Dodge sported Lindsay's name as the NAPA AUTO PARTS Honorary Crew Member this weekend.
He also met and chatted with the entire NAPA Dodge Funny Car crew, was a special guest in the NAPA hospitality area throughout the weekend, 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.