LOS ANGELES, CA - Ashley Power, the 15-year-old Southern California
teenager "responsible" for the phenomenal success of the
teen-oriented website, Goosehead.com, today announced that her company
will sponsor the return of four-time World Champion Shirley Muldowney to
the NHRA Winston drag racing series. The first woman to be licensed to
drive a Top Fuel dragster, and the most honored driver in the history of
drag racing, the three-time NHRA champion’s return will come during
the prestigious NHRA U.S. Nationals over Labor Day Weekend at
Indianapolis Raceway Park in Indiana.
"I can’t begin to tell you how excited we all are to have
Shirley representing us," said Ms. Power during a press conference
at Goosehead.com’s headquarters in Studio City. "I have to admit
that I wasn’t a fan of drag racing before meeting Shirley, but I’d
heard numerous stories of her efforts to break into the sport some years
ago, and I was impressed. I know Shirley has received all kinds of
awards and honors down through the years, but I’m still not sure that
she’s been given enough credit for her accomplishments.
"All through her racing career she was told she couldn’t do
this, or she couldn’t do that, but each and every time she proved her
detractors wrong, which I can relate to, because I heard the same things
in building Goosehead.com. "We believe she’s an exceptional role
model for women of all ages, and that certainly includes all of my
friends who’re involved with Goosehead.com."
Muldowney last competed in an NHRA Winston series national event in
1998 in Texas, but has remained active with appearances in match races
as well as on the IHRA national event circuit. She recently set that
organization’s all-time speed mark with run in excess of 319 miles per
hour at the Amalie Oil Summer Nationals in Cordova, Illinois, where she
was also the Number 1 qualifier with an elapsed time of 4.741 seconds.
She’d previously set a new track record at the Grand Bend Motorplex in
Ontario, Canada with a speed of 310.13 miles per hour on her way to a
runner-up finish in the Mopar Parts Canadian Nationals.
"I enjoyed racing on the IHRA circuit," said Ms. Muldowney
from her home in Armada, Michigan via telephone, "but I’m really
looking forward to racing at Indy. There’s no other race like the NHRA
U.S. Nationals, and I’m proud to have been the only woman to have ever
won a professional title there (in 1982). Rahn (Tobler, Muldowney’s
husband and crew chief) and I would like nothing better than to have an
impact on this year’s points race, and I think we can do that with a
good showing at Indy.
"When I first heard from Ashley, and she began to tell me about
Goosehead.com I was immediately interested. Believe me, this young woman
is truly something special. She’s taken the concept of a teen-oriented
web site and made it into a very special ‘meeting place’ for young
people, but it’s really a lot more than that.
"It’s really an honor for me to be representing Goosehead.com
at Indy, and while I certainly hope all of our fans will be there, for
those that can’t make it there’s going to be special coverage of our
activities on Goosehead.com every day during the Nationals. I won’t
try and fool anyone about my computer knowledge, which is pretty slim,
but I’ve been getting a crash course from Ashley, and when you surf
through the site you’ll be blown away at how neat it is, and Ashley
gets the credit for that."
In addition to the web operation, Goosehead.com has just signed a
contract with MGM Television to take its first web series entitled
"Whatever" to broadcast television. In addition, talks are
underway between Ashley and her advisors and several television networks
to develop a program tentatively titled "Goosehead TV," which
will be a teen-oriented music and talk show. Ms. Power was instrumental
not only in the development of both program concepts, but has already
written the scripts for several episodes, which are currently viewable
as streaming video at Goosehead.com.
Qualifying for the 16-car U.S. Nationals Top Fuel field begins with
an evening session on Friday, September 1, with additional qualifying
runs taking place Saturday and Sunday. Eliminations commence at 11:00 AM
Labor Day Monday morning.
For Additional Information, Contact:
Pat Galvin (818) 766-8848