John Warren was kind enough to spend time getting grilled for our Racer Profile. Here is what he had to say:
Q: When did you start racing?
A: I started racing when I was 16. I was barely driving at the time.
Q: What got you into racing?
A: My Dad had been racing since I was a kid. When I was eight or ten years old I started going with him to the races and I’d sit in the stands and watch him make runs. Later I started racing, and my younger brother Andy got into it too.
Q: What was the first car you raced?
A: A ’72 Nova, which I still race. I bought it when I was sixteen for $650.00. I got the money mainly from mowing lawns and doing side jobs. I’ve had it for twenty six years now. It came with a 307 V8 and a Powerglide transmission. I made into a Yenko clone four years ago. Now it has 565 Chevy Big Block with a Powerglide.
Q: What were some of the other cars you have raced and when?
A: I’ve seriously raced only the Nova. I’ve had a few street cars I’ve played around with. I also race a motorcycle every now and then.
Q: What associations have you raced in?
A: I’ve raced in the NMCA. Also, some local stuff – in the Outlaw Street Car Association.
Q: What have been your major racing successes over the past 5 years?
A: I’ve been able to get the car to run high 4’s in the 1/8 mile, and 7.60’s in the ¼ mile, which I think is a major accomplishment. I’ve done well in NMCA point standings. I’ve gotten two Runner-Up’s in NMCA Extreme Street. I’ve won a few event races in NMCA and Outlaw.
Q: What do you like most about racing?
A: I like to go fast. I like to line-up with someone beside you and race. You put on your helmet and everything else goes away – you have a job to do. I also like the fan support – how they come to the pits to talk to me, and talk about the car.
Q: Is your family involved in your racing efforts?
A: Yes. My Mom and Dad go to every race, and my brother races too. So, we are all together at the races. My Dad helps with the cars, and the track too.
Q: How long have you used FUELAB?
A: For three years now. My brother Andy was using it before, and then he got me onboard.
Q: Why did you start using FUELAB?
A: They have a great product. Also, Brian and everyone at FUELAB are good guys and great to deal with. They really help the little guy out with support. Plus, the yellow and black logo goes well with the colors of my car too ha-ha.
Q: Was there a particular problem you were having that FUELAB solved?
A: No, I wasn’t having a particular problem when I changed over, but since putting it on we have run faster times.
Q: How has FUELAB affected your racing success?
A: We’re getting records with the car – I’m the fastest car with stock suspension in my class – the car has leaf springs.
Q: What FUELAB parts do you use?
A: We use FUELAB filters, regulator, and fuel log
Q: What do you see as the primary benefits of FUELAB products and company?
A : All the products they make have excellent quality and engineering – like nothing I’ve ever seen. The stuff they come up with is unbelievable. The details are great – like their billet brackets for instance. The people there are great and seem like a family.
Q: Where do you see yourself in racing in 5 years?
A: I want to keep getting faster, take home more Championships, and keep promoting FUELAB.
Q: What do you do in your spare time?
A: I’m either with family or out racing. Other than that, I have lots of work to do!