Drag Racing Association of Women

               "Fast Help for Fast Friends"











DRAW's motto is "Fast Help For Fast Friends" and our sole mission is providing financial and emotional support to qualified individuals involved in a drag racing accident at a track.

Financial assistance paid 1985-2013 - $4,055,442
Number of families assisted 1985-2013 -  799

Financial Aid Statistics: 2013

Number of families assisted in 2013 - 18
Financial assistance paid in 2013 - $112,000
We paid out $12,500 and helped 10

families in November 2013.

DRAW Die Cast Arama on Ebay!!!!
DRAW has received a generous donation of die cast collectibles that we will start listing on Ebay here shortly. Over 100+ die casts that includes some rare and hard to find 35 Whit Bazemore cars, 11 Jim Epler cars, a few Gary Scelzi cars, Frank Pedregon cars, some off brand dragsters and funny cars. Along with a few off name cars there is a very large assortment of Custom Crew Collectible and Kustom City Collectible cars (look like high end Hot Wheels) that will be sold individually and in sets. Some of these cars are brand new in the box, some have been displayed, some boxes are scuffed up and some cars have no box. 
If you are a collector and might be looking for a certain car please email chardesty@obrienteam.com to see if we have what you are looking for. Follow this link to DRAW's Ebay page to see the listings http://www.ebay.com/sch/drawfasthelp/m.html?_ipg=50&_sop=12&_rdc=1
These items will be listed in the next couple of days and will be added weekly over the next couple of months.


Jerry & Holly Lozons

– From Milan Dragway -

We are looking for the power of our drag racing family and other family and friends to help Jerry and Holly Lozon at this difficult time.  A simple surgery gone wrong has paralyzed Holly Lozon. Jerry Lozon (her husband) has always been a huge part of the track and always been here for our family when we needed anything.They were very instrumental in the junior program. Please spread the word. The outpouring of donations, etc has been absolutely amazing!
The fundraising event has a lot going on at it, we can't wait for the day to arrive! Please join us on April 13th for Pasta Dinner, Tech Card Race, Raffles, Baker Sale and Much More.

To purchase tickets in advance for this event you can click the
link below or call the Milan Dragway office at (734)439-7368.
http://bit.ly/LookingOutForLozons or call the Milan Dragway office
at (734)439-7368 or check their web site at www.milandragway.com .  
To make donations to the family, contact Denise or Pam at Milan Dragway.




The Drag Racing Association of Women held the DRAW’s Tracy Winters Memorial Golf Tournament on March 12, 2014, at the Ironwood Golf Course in Gainesville, FL, prior to the Gatornationals.  There had been rain earlier in the week but the course was in excellent condition and everyone had a great time. The winner of Flight A was Jeff Adkinson, Jeff Strickland, Bill Zoskowski and Jarad Kimbro.  The awards were sponsored by Jeff Taylor Performance.  Flight B awards were sponsored by Quick Fuel Technology.  The winners were Glen Wilga, Dean Beeman, Jordan Rodgers and Jimmy Harte. The Longest Drive for the men was Mike Winkel.   Karen Miner had the Longest Drive for the women.  Lucas Oil was the sponsor for these awards.  Jeff Adkinson has the Closest to the Pin for the guys and Christina DiBartolomeo for the gals.  Lucus Oil also sponsored  these award . Corporate Sponsors were Red Moon/Mello Yello and Quick Fuel Technology.  The Beverage Cart was sponsored by MTS and J.W. Performance Transmissions was the Food Sponsor. 
The following were Hole Sponsors:  Adkinson Motorsports,  Amalie, Carlyle Professional Hand Tools,  Clark Copper Head Gaskets,  Don Schumacher Racing,  1320 Wraps by Fine Line, Gibtec Pistons;  GRP Connecting Rods,  Hartman Machine Works,  Holley,  K & N,  Lincoln Welders,  Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels,  T & R Graphics and   Winberg Crankshafts. Door Prizes were provided by Carlyle Tool,  Drag Racing Action Magazine,  Edelbrock, Optima Batteries, Origami Owl (Mary Turkal) and Simpson.     

On behalf of the injured racers, a special thank you to all the sponsors and golfers who made the event a successful fund raising event.   

Of course, the event would not have been possible without the great volunteers:  Vicki Aswege, Beth Hyatt, Sarah and William McLemore, Rosalee and Terry Noble, Beth Prestridge and Kay Wimpee. 

This event was the first major fund-raiser of the season for DRAW.  The next event planned at the present time will be the annual auction,on September 20 at the Texas Motorplex.  There will not be an auction in Englishtown in May. For more information of future DRAW events, contact Rosalee Noble (217) 345-6537 or rnoble@consolidated.net


To become part of “Fast Help for Fast Friends,” visit drawonline.org.


JAMA Racing Ministry featured DRAW in the MotorManiaTV.com Live Feed Sponsor Ads for the US Street Nationals in Bradenton, FL, the weekend of January 24-26, 2014. They had a lot of rain delay but during the down time the announcer talked about DRAW and a “click through” banner to our website ran.
JAMA has notified DRAW that they have the opportunity to run another round,
for DRAW, at the (DuckX) Lights Out V Outlaw Event at South Georgia Motorsports Park, February 20-23. It will be on MotorManiaTV.com.
DRAW is very appreciative of JAMA’s efforts to get the word about DRAW out to other drag racing venues. Check out the website at http://motormaniatv.com/
Patricia Garlits 1934-2014
GARLITS, Patricia Louise Bieger, wife of Legendary Drag Racer, "Big Daddy" Don Garlits for nearly 61 years left this world and went over to the other side to spend eternity with Jesus Christ on February 2, 2014, at 5:53 PM. Patricia was born March 27th, 1934 in Covington, Kentucky, to Richard and Vivian Bieger. She had been suffering for many years, from a terminal disease. She passed away quietly at home with her husband, two Daughters, GayLyn Capitano and Donna Garlits, her sister Sharon Keppel and granddaughter Anna Capitano at her side, along with her two little Yorkshire Terriers, Bonnie and Belle. We had Glenn Miller playing in the background, as that was her favorite "Big Band". Patricia is survived by her husband; Donald Glenn Garlits, two Daughters; GayLyn Capitano and Donna Louise Garlits, her Son-in-Law; Gregory Ernest Capitano, her five Grandchildren; Kirsten Capitano Watley, Rodney Donald Garlits, Sarah Lyn Smith, Benjamin Gregory Capitano, and Anna Elizabeth Capitano, one Great-Grandchild; Braden Alexander-James Garlits, a Sister; Sharon Faye Keppel, a Nephew; Charles Joseph Keppel Jr. and a Niece; Sandra Lee Toner, a brother-in-law; Edward Lawrence Garlits and Nephews; Edward Lawrence Garlits Jr. and William Dale Garlits, as well as great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.
Pat was one of the Founders of DRAW. Cards may be sent to the family at the following address: Don Garlits, Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing, Inc., 13700 SW 16th Ave, Ocala, FL 34473.

Make sure to visit the DRAW Booth at every NHRA National Event this 2014 season!

2014 marks the 28th.year that DRAW (Drag Racing Association of Women) Booth has been a part of NHRA National Events, in its quest to raise money to provide financial and emotional support to qualified individuals involved in drag racing accidents at a track. In 1986 it started out as a Snow Cone Booth.  It was a very small booth that was put together with PVC Pipes.  It was only opened when someone was available to operate it. 
T-Shirts with the DRAW Logo on it and raffle tickets for a trip to Hawaii (donated by Hawaiian Punch) were the only things sold out of the booth. 
In the late 80’s we moved to a pop-up tent and added other things to our merchandise. We would try to open the booth late Friday and then have it open on Saturday and Sunday. We tried to have it open every race, but if members were not available to work... 

In the 90’s additional items were introduced for sale and the booth was moved from a pop up tent, to operate from a trailer on manufacturers midway.  In 1992, John Raffa approached us about sell sterling silver automotive jewelry. This has turned out to be very popular item.  In the early 90’s NHRA approached DRAW to sell qualifying and ladder sheets to the sportsmen racers and fans.  In order to do that, we had to commit to having the booth open the day the sportsmen racers ran their qualifying rounds meaning the booth was open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  For a few years, different people would keep the booth open at different events, but it started to become harder and harder to find someone available every day, all day, every event. In 1998 Terry & Rosalee Noble had both retired and volunteered to become the permanent workers at the DRAW Booth for all of the NHRA National Events.  At the couple North East, Pat Shaeffer volunteered to run the National Booth.

As the 2014 NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing Season begins, the DRAW Booth will can once again be found amongst the many contingency and marketing sponsors located on the midway in the pits.  The DRAW Booth will once again be sharing space on Kip Rhoton’s (KJR Motorsports) rig with companies such as K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric and several other contingency sponsors.

 So if you are at one the 24 NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing National Events please stop by the DRAW Booth.  See what it has to offer.  DRAW always enjoys visiting with-well just about everyone. 
See you at the track….

The History Lesson by Deb Thompson
 Here we are starting a new season of racing for 2014. As I’m writing this, the WinterNationals will begin in just days. DRAW was organized at this event with only 10 members back in 1985 – 29 years ago. We truly have come so far. As most have heard or read, Pat Garlits, wife of Don Garlits, passed away this week on February 2, 2014. She was a blessing to so many in the racing community. She was one of the founding members of DRAW back in 1985. She served on the Board for 10 years from 1985 until 1995. In 1995 she resigned from the Board and began a network called Prayer Partners to support the special needs of the injured racers and families. She continued being the contact for Prayer Partners until December 1998 when BonnieLou Cole took over the responsibilities. In announcing the change, Bonnie Lou’s words in the December 1998 newsletter says it all. “DRAW would like to thank Pat Garlits for her wonderful work with this outreach ministry …a debt of gratitude for being…just a beautiful human being.” We all have stories to share and we should continue to share them. I was just coming on to the Board in 1995 during Pat’s last year on the Board. I went to Gainesville, FL for my first Board meeting and to work in the booth. I was asked to hang signs or do something (can’t remember) in the pits one day. I was excited and nervous and very unsure of what I was doing. Pat took one look at me and I believe she sensed I wasn’t very confident about performing my task. She simply said to come on, she would help me, and off we went walking through the pits. Not only was I relieved to have her help but was so honored that it was none other than Pat Garlits helping me. Some years later, I was putting up a display for DRAW at the Don Garlits Museum and she was so gracious and kind. Sharing stories and memories gives us a sense of comfort and “belonging” to something bigger than just our personal worlds. Help keep DRAW strong and vital this year and in the years to come, remembering and honoring the hopes and dreams the beginning Board members shared some 29 years ago.
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Committee and Volunteer Opportunities for 2014
In 2014, DRAW will mark its 29th year of providing "Fast Help for Fast Friends." It takes the time and talent of many people to make our mission a reality. There are many ways you can help make 2013 DRAW's best year ever.

DRAW's lifeblood is dedicated volunteers. You can make a valuable contribution to DRAW by joining one of our committees: Website, Newsletter, Membership, Fundraising, Injured Racer Calling, and others that might arise during the year. If you are interested in volunteering or joining one of DRAW's committees, please submit an
application to Rosalee Noble, 4 Hance Dr., Charleston Ill. 61920 Email: rnoble@consolidated.com