NHRA veterans Clay Millican, David Grubnic, Lance Larson to campaign new NHRA Top Fuel team in 2015


There will be a new team in the NHRA Top Fuel class in 2015 with some very familiar names.

Veteran Top Fuel driver Clay Millican, along with fellow veteran driver-turned-crew-chief David Grubnic and co-crew chief and general manager Lance Larson will campaign a new car in 2015 for Stringer Performance.

The announcement was made Friday at the Performance Racing Industry in Indianapolis.

The team will be owned by Doug Stringer, with sponsorship from Parts Plus, WELD and Great Clips.

Stringer, who has built a very successful company that manages marketing programs and sponsorship for a number of companies, is returning to drag racing, where he formerly was team general manager for Jim Epler’s Rug Doctor Funny Car in 1996.

After that, Stringer worked as GM for Akins Motorsports, a team on the former NASCAR Nationwide Series (now Xfinity Series). Stringer lured Great Clips hair salons to become primary sponsor on a team that featured NASCAR Sprint Cup star Kasey Kahne.

“Returning to drag racing is something I have always wanted to do, so this is really a special time for me,” Stringer said in an NHRA media release. “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.”

Millican is looking forward to his return to the Top Fuel ranks.

“Doug and I have talked for many years about going racing together so to finally see that dream come true is just awesome,” he said. “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 (2015 season opener in early February in Pomona, California).

“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 will be making his crew chief debut after a successful career behind the wheel as a driver.

“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.”

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MotoGP champion Marc Marquez has second surgery on fractured arm

MotoGP Marc Marquez second surgery
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Defending MotoGP series champion Marc Marquez underwent a second surgery Monday after a titanium plate inserted in his fractured right arm sustained damage. The Repsol Honda Team said in a statement that it’ll be two days before the recovery period is determined.

Marquez was injured during a crash in the July 19 season opener. He underwent an initial surgery July 21 in Barcelona, and doctors said there was no nerve damage.

The eight-time champion was cleared to race in the season’s second event Jerez. But Marquez decided to skip the July 26 race after experiencing discomfort while riding the No. 93 bike in a July 25 practice.

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He had planned to race in Sunday’s grand prix at the Automotodrom Brno in the Czech Republic in hopes of returning to defend his title. His status for Sunday apparently will be unclear until at least Wednesday.

In a statement Monday, the team said the titanium plate in Marquez’s right arm successfully was replaced after stress accumulation. Marquez will stay in the hospital for two days recovering.

Dr Xavier Mir, who performed the surgery at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus, said in the release that “Marc Marquez underwent surgery 13 days ago and today he returned to the operating room. The first operation was successful, what was not expected was that the plate was insufficient. An accumulation of stress in the operated area has caused the plate to suffer some damage, so today the titanium plate has been removed and replaced by a new fixation.

“The rider has not felt pain during this period. He has always followed the medical advice given and the feeling from his body. Unfortunately, an overstress has caused this issue. Now we have to wait 48 hours to understand the recovery time.”