Sick Week Drag Race Profile: Daniel Grubaugh

10 months ago Racing

Sick Stats

Hometown: Crestline, California
Vehicle: 2006 Dodge Charger RT Ute (Converted from 4-door to 2-door pickup using a Smith body kit)
Color: Custom 2-tone paint job – silver and dark metallic gray; front clip is Dodge red
Engine: 5.7 HEMI®
Tires: 275/40/R20
Chassis: 7.5
Personal Best: 14.43 at 97 MPH

How did you choose the vehicle you are racing with?

I have six vehicles, but this is the only reliable one that can make it all the way to Florida. I’m not trailering it, so I’ll be driving it around 6,000 miles between the round-trip distance and race.

What makes this vehicle “sick”?

It is so different. You just don’t see anything like this on the road. Wherever I’m at, people walk up to see what this is. I even get pulled over by local law enforcement, not because of speeding, but they run the plates which come up as a 2006 Charger, but it looks nothing like that, so they pull me over to see what it is.

What excites you about Sick Week?

It will be my first drag event I’ve participated in. I’m so fortunate to have been able to get one of the spots to compete. I’ve been watching events for three or four years now as a spectator, but now I get to be in it!

What will your journey to Florida be like?

I’m leaving for Sick Week on Friday, driving 2,500 miles from Southern California in two days. I’m breaking up the driving with a trip to Texas to pick up a fender for a buddy of mine, then stopping in Georgia to connect with my friends, Jacob and Tim, so we can all road trip down together. On the way home, I’m stopping in Tennessee at my best friend’s house for the Super Bowl, seeing my brother in Texas, and then heading back home.

What makes you a good drag racer?

I’m not one … yet anyway. My car needs to be faster, and I have plans to make it so in the long term.

Who is your drag race inspiration?

David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan, who both taught me if you break down, you fix it and move on.

What are you passionate about outside of racing?

Taking road trips. I love being in vehicles on the open road while seeing the countryside. I drive a lot for work and covered 32 states in my 2016 Ram 1500 during a six-month trip last year.

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