“Iceman” Upgrades

By:       Bruce Biegler

Richmond Hill Ontario’s Ken and Adam Perry, who operate the sport of drag racing’s all-time quickest supercharged and alcohol burning TAD class car, are priming themselves for even quicker and faster performances….

During last weekend’s NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis, the defending 2009 event champions ran their first national event race of the season with their now reconfigured machine.   Recently, their proven race car chassis (which ran a stupendous 5.255 secs back in October 2006), received some upgrades, including a new back half as  well as a new carbon fiber one-piece body, both from Mike Spitzer Race Cars.

Ken Perry's "Iceman" TAD has received some significant upgrades

“We did run this new combination at a couple of points races before coming to Indy,” confirmed driver Ken Perry.  “The changes did evolve out of necessity – but they do offer us some potential advantages.   Not only is the body more practical, these one piece units are state-of-the-art and are the way everyone is heading in this class.   The car is also quite a bit sharper looking.”

The Perry’s did run well at Indy.  While they were not able to successfully defend the U.S. Nationals event championship they won here in 2009, they did qualify solidly #8 with a solid 5.334 secs at 264.18 mph.  

“There is lots of development going on with our car,” Ken added.  “The focus is now on our engine program.  The bottom has been fine – but the top end – not so much.  We are seeking more consistency and parts longevity.”

"Very" formidable Canadian TAD opponents -- Adam and Ken Perry


(Bruce Biegler Photos)