Wed, 27 Dec 2017, 10:37 AM
Ashley Sanford Extends Australian Tour
Courtesy of John Doig
Californian Ashley Sanford has added the Santo Summer meeting at Sydney Dragway on January 20 to
her 2018 Oz campaign with Rapisarda Autosport International.
Sanford's first appearance downunder will be at Willowbank Raceway, Queensland on January 6.
"It's a long way to travel to Australia to race only at Willowbank," said Sanford. "So when Santo
decided to run a third car in Sydney I jumped at the chance. I raced in Sydney last year and had a
"In terms of competing in Top Fuel, I am still in the rookie stage of my career and the more laps I
can get under my belt the better. Summer in Australia and driving a Top Fuel car - I'm living the
dream. Life doesn't get much better."
"After the Willowbank meeting I'm going to the RAI workshop in Sydney and will be working with
Santo Jnr. and Santino Rapisarda and the crew servicing and prepping the cars. I want to help out
in any way I can and am not afraid to get my hands dirty. The more I learn about how a fuel car
functions, hopefully, will translate into making me a better driver."
"Sydney will be my fourth meeting with Rapisarda Autosport International. I really want to do well
and repay the faith Santo and the family have shown in allowing me to drive for the team."
"Sydney is Santo's hometown and he sponsors the event as well. It's important that all three
Rapisarda Autosport International drivers - Damien Harris, Wayne Newby and myself - step up to the
mark and put on a good show."
"An all RAI final on the day would be a great outcome and to I would love to be the one to hand
Santo the winners trophy," said Sanford.
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