Thursday afternoon at the NHRA U.S. Nationals, a large crowd had a good time in Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis’ Top Eliminator Club. The exclusive area of the track hosted Brews with Crews, a gathering of race fans, racers and sponsors thanks to the efforts of the IMIS Show, Strange Engineering, Weldon Pumps and Wilwood.
Spearheading the social gathering was Jeff Stange of Strange Engineering.
“This is a way for us to say thank you to the racers,” said Stange. “It’s the best way IMIS, Strange, Weldon and Wilwood can say thank you. Nothing says a good time like a cook out and a party.”
The gathering offered attendees hot dogs, hamburgers, dessert and the beverage of their choice.
Stange likened the event to the days, when as a kid, he used to attend the races with his dad Bob Stange, the founder and driving force behind Strange Engineering. Socializing with the racers, in addition to building a quality product, was an important part of business.
“It’s kind of like the days when my father would bring me to the races at Indy, these kinds of gatherings is what it is all about,” said Stange. “I think sometimes we lose track of that. This is what it is all about, bringing everyone together as a social event.”
The inaugural event was a success and for Stange, this is the start of something he expects to be big.
“We plan on doing this every year, at least at Strange we do,” said Stange. “It looks like it was a great event, we had 800 RSVPs. I estimate we had 800 – 1000 people here.”
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