Terry Haddock has announced that he will be temporarily parking his race operation, putting his "Only in America" tour on hold. Haddock, known as the kid from New Jersey struggling to live out his lifelong dream of driving a Funny Car got a tremendous boost when Bill and Patti Barrett of Barrett Enterprises came on board as major sponsors of Haddock's team this year. But with the news of Barrett Enterprises moving to another team for 2005, Haddock needs some time to regroup.
As one of the youngest Funny Car pilots on the circuit, the 34-year-old Haddock has a 15-year racing career. At age 19 he began racing stock cars, stepping up to drag racing five years later. In 1998, Haddock earned his Funny Car competition license becoming a member of the elite professional ranks of the NHRA.
"From the first day the Barrett's showed up at the races I know other teams were trying to lure them away;" said Haddock, "that's just part of life at the racetrack. And I know that the rumors are flying, but they're not important. The only thing that's important is that in my heart I know that my team and I did our very best. I hope Bill and Patti had fun and leave us with fond memories of our year together. And I am grateful to them for believing in me and what I am trying to accomplish, and for having been an important part of my dream."
Haddock, who had to move both his shop and his home from the Chicagoland area, has now settled in the Seattle, Wash. area.
"You haven't seen the last of me," said a determined Haddock. "This isn't going to stop me from fulfilling my dream. I'm not ready to park the car in the garage yet. I look at this as a detour and there's a way around every detour. I've got great people helping me find sponsor support, so it's just a matter of time and I'll be back; because only in America can a regular kid live out his dream of driving a Funny Car."
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