March Team Kendall Racer of the Month – Charles McLaws
We are excited to announce that Charles McLaws of Winslow, Ariz., has been selected as the March Team Kendall Racer of the Month.
McLaws, whose passion for cars began while working in his father’s Texaco gas station, hit the Winslow Drag Strip for the first time in May 1967 at 16 years old. More than 20 drag cars and 40 years after that first race, McLaws’ passion for the sport remains just as strong.
“There’s nothing like the exhilaration of going from 0 to 100 miles per hour in less than a second,” said McLaws. “When I’m sitting at the starting line, my motor revving at 6000 RPMs and 2000 horsepower under me, I let the clutch go to move out of the gate and feel alive!”
McLaws, who credits his wife, Elizabeth, as inspiring him and igniting his competitive spirit since they met, is aiming to qualify for his first NHRA national event at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway April 16-18. Further, this eight-year Team Kendall veteran has charged himself with shaving more than a second from his current best time and running in the five-second zone with his custom-painted 2003 Pontiac Firebird. This commitment to performance extends from the track to the preparation involved prior to each race, including building, installing and repairing his car with the assistance of his crew, including Chris Stinson, Mike Beeson, Dave Caswell and the late Ron Miller.
“Since I work on my own car, it gives me peace of mind to know that Kendall GT-1® High Performance Motor Oil, Nitro 70, is the best lubricant that money can buy and prevents engine wear,” said McLaws. “I’ve been running this oil a long time and have never had any bearing issues in the motor.”
Having used Kendall Motor Oil since working at his father’s station in the early 1970s, McLaws appreciates the support from Team Kendall and said he is proud to arrive at races wearing branded gear while sporting the Kendall logo on his car.
“Charles’ unwavering drive to succeed and positive attitude are contagious to all those around him,” said Bob Stephenson of Arizona Petroleum in Tucson, Ariz. “We were thrilled to learn he has been named Team Kendall Racer of the Month.”
Congratulations, Charles! We’re pleased to call you Team Kendall’s Racer of the Month and wish you the best of luck reaching your 2010 season goals!