Team Kendall 2012 Racer of the Year Update
We took a moment to catch up with our 2012 Team Kendall Racer of the Year, Doug Herzog, to discuss his 2013 season and the highly anticipated unveiling of the restored 1969 Boss 429 Mercury Cougar—affectionately called the "Cougar."
Although he originally hoped to compete with the infamous Cougar this season, Herzog is still in the process of rebuilding the old classic, which was once owned by the legendary Fast Eddie Schartman. "It's a complex process because the vehicle requires a lot of handmade parts that then have to go through current inspection requirements," he explained. "Between working and racing, it can be tough to find the time that this classic car deserves to accurately restore it.'
Currently, Herzog is building two 500 cubic inch engines for the Cougar and giving it a new paint job that will replicate the original aesthetic of the exterior. This prominently features the Kendall Motor Oil logo originally airbrushed on the side of the vehicle. In addition to refurbishing the Cougar, the racer is competing in the NHRA Nostalgia Pro Stock Car division wish this 1964 Super Stock Chevelle Station Wagon at local speedways throughout the Warrenton, Mo., area.
"We haven't taken home a win yet, but we're only halfway through the season...so I'm hopeful we'll be able to finish strong with a few feature wins," Herzog shared. "Once the Cougar is finished, I hope to have more time and energy to spend on just racing."
Herzog plans to debut the Cougar next year at the NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Calif. "Doug has worked extremely hard on reviving the Cougar, and we're all anxiously awaiting its unveiling—I'm sure it will be worth the wait," said Marketer Jeff Ory of Interstate Petroleum, Inc., in St. Louis, Mo.
The 2013 season will come to a close for Herzog in October, although his restoration project will keep him busy well into the next year. We wish him the best of luck in the remainder of the season, and look forward to seeing the completion of the Cougar!