INDIANAPOLIS — official team release — NHRA/Stringer Performance photo —
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top Fuel driver Clay Millican, veteran driver turned crew chief David Grubnic, and co-crew chief and general manager Lance Larsen announced Friday at the PRI Trade Show they will join forces under the new Stringer Performance team founded by Doug Stringer, CEO and President of Stringer Holdings.
The Stringer Performance team will feature sponsorship from Parts Plus along with associate partnering programs with WELD and Great Clips, Inc.
Stringer, whose company currently manages sponsorship and related marketing platforms for various companies including Great Clips, was the general manager for Jim Epler’s Rug Doctor Funny Car in 1996 and later moved into NASCAR, where he worked as general manager at Akins Motorsports for its NASCAR Xfinity Series program and secured Minneapolis-based Great Clips as primary sponsor for the team and hired up-and-coming talent Kasey Kahne as the driver.
Stringer Holdings later partnered with Great Clips to leverage their motorsports marketing platform and aligned Great Clips with Hendrick Motorsports, JR Motorsports and Kasey Kahne Racing to give the company a multi-tiered motorsports program with which they could further capitalize on brand exposure.
“Returning to drag racing is something I have always wanted to do so this is really a special time for me,” said Stringer. “I am very proud of the team we have put together. Clay and I go back many years and he is someone I have a huge respect for. I also have all the confidence in the world in David and Lance to not only lead this team but to build Stringer Performance into a championship-caliber organization. I want to thank Parts Plus and WELD for their continued support of Clay over the years and now, as he transitions to Stringer Performance.”
Stringer and Millican are longtime friends and both couldn’t be more pleased to begin this new venture.
“Doug and I have talked for many years about going racing together so to finally see that dream come true is just awesome,” said Millican. “We have assembled a great team with everyone putting their heart and soul into making sure that we are competitive from the moment we show up for the first race in Pomona. None of us will be happy with mediocre performance – we plan on showing up to win and by end of the season be in contention for a championship. I’m extremely excited to have the continued support of Parts Plus who has stood with me for the last four years.”
Grubnic joins Stringer Performance in his first outing as a crew chief and is ready for the challenge of building a team from the ground up.
“Building a team from scratch is obviously quite a challenge but Doug is ensuring that we have all the resources necessary to do it and do it right,” says Grubnic. “Doug, Lance, Clay and I are all fierce competitors so turning Stringer Performance into a championship-caliber team is the end goal. We’re all putting our blood, sweat and tears into this. We want to win races and championships and I don’t think any of us will be satisfied with anything less.”
Stringer Performance is based in McLeansboro, Ill., where Stringer currently resides and is highly active in the community.
CREDIT: National Hot Rod Association/Stringer Performance