Doug Herbert Performance Opens Engine Program, featured in Circle Track Magazine
Doug Herbert and Ray Evernham have decided to delay their Land Speed Record Attempt until 2011
Doug Herbert and Ray Evernham will not compete in their streamliner at Speed Week 2010. The pair has decided to delay the run for several reasons including not having adequate time for testing.
"This isn't something you want to rush along," said Doug Herbert, who will pilot the streamliner. "When we started this project, I don't think any of us realized how long it would take to get everything right and that's what we're trying to do. We don't want to just head out there without knowing how the car will do. We want to take our time and get it right, so when we do make it to Bonneville we'll run well."
The car, which is near completion, needs work done on the body and engines. The LSR Project team hopes to finish work over the winter and start testing the streamliner in early spring.
Herbert-Evernham Land Speed Record Project Featured on The Speed Report
A feature on the LSR Project will air next Sunday, Nov. 15, during The Speed Report, which airs at 7:00pm Eastern.
Both Doug Herbert and Ray Evernham were interviewed for the story, which discusses the Herbert family's history in the sport, the progress of the build and the goals for the streamliner. In the feature Herbert also talks about the tragic loss of his two sons and how that helped inspire him to start the project.
North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame Honors 2009 Inductees
A.J. Foyt and Ray Evernham Inducted
The North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame ("NCARHOF") in Mooresville, NC, recognized two racing legends for 2009 at its annual dinner on October 14.
A.J. Foyt, seven-time Indy car champion, winner of four Indy 500s, and winner of the 1972 Daytona 500, was inducted into the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame and Ray Evernham, crew chief on three NASCAR Winston Cup championship teams, was honored with the prestigious Snap-on Golden Wrench Award.
Known primarily for his stunning success in Indy car racing, A.J. Foyt is also a winning driver in NASCAR, the USAC, 24 Hours of Daytona, and the IROC series. In total, he has accumulated 14 major driving championships, earning him the "Driver of the Century" designation from the Associated Press. Tony Stewart, co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing and two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, is scheduled to induct A.J. Foyt into the NCARHOF.
Ray Evernham may be best known for having served as crew chief for driver Jeff Gordon in the 1990s, leading the team to three NASCAR Sprint Cup championships. His motorsports career has also taken him into the IROC series as a team manager and, later, into NASCAR team ownership. Having a keen interest in using technology to achieve performance, Ray Evernham is also widely recognized for his innovative work with pit crews and his thumb print remains on engineering systems now used throughout the racing industry.
As an organization committed to celebrating the rich heritage of all forms of motorsports, The NCARHOF is proud to recognize these two outstanding individuals.
The NCARHOF is recognized as a nonprofit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Net profits from the NCARHOF support child abuse prevention efforts and the annual Stocks for Tots fundraiser.
Streamliner Moved to Ray Evernahm's Shop
The LSR Project car has been moved from Herbert's shop to Ray Evernham Enterprises where the body is being constructed. There haven't been many updates to the frame of the car because most of the work being done now is focused on the body. However, Doug stopped by Ray's shop last week and took a few updated photos of the car. Check them out in the photo gallery! We'll have news on testing soon - stay tuned!
Herbert, Evernham Will Focus on 2010 for Land Speed Record Attempt
Doug Herbert and Ray Evernham have decided to focus on 2010 for their land speed record attempt at the Bonneville Salt Flats. The Herbert-Evernham Land Speed Record Project team will utilize the remainder of 2009 to test the car and prepare for Speed Week 2010.
"We both feel like we will have a better shot at setting the record if we hold off on running the car at Bonneville until next year," said Herbert, an NHRA drag racing veteran. "I think having an extra year will give us the time we need to ‘test and tune'. We want to be able to run the car a few times and make adjustments before we head out west for Speed Week."
The team plans on testing the car as much as possible in nearby Maxton, N.C., at the Laurinburg/Maxton Airport, the home of ECTA (East Coast Timing Association) racing. The streamliner, which has been constructed at Herbert's race shop in Lincolnton, N.C., will soon be moved to Ray Evernham Enterprises in Mooresville, N.C., where a carbon fiber body and special suspension parts will be fitted for the car.
"I'm still very excited about this project and I think having it at my shop will present us with many opportunities over the next few months," said Evernham, who is contributing engineering and design resources, as well as fabrication support. "I've been working really hard on a television deal that I hope will help us attract the attention of some sponsors. We'll keep working on the car over the next year and get it to the level we want to run at."
The team will maintain the website that details the project, www.lsrproject.com. The site will continue to provide updates on the build of the car as it progresses and will chronicle the team as it takes the car for testing sessions throughout the next year.
"We have had a lot of interest in the project and I think that is really awesome," said Herbert. "We hope that everyone who has been checking out the car will continue to follow us and what we're hoping to do at Speed Week 2010. I have a lot of respect for the guys that go out to the salt every year. Building a car like this, with a goal of racing at over 500 mph, isn't something that can be rushed; it needs to be done right. We still have a lot to learn and a lot that we can improve upon before we run the car."
LSR Project History: WHEN 300 MPH ISN'T FAST ENOUGH
In early 2008, NHRA Drag Racer Doug Herbert lost his two sons in a tragic car accident. He began finding ways to deal with the loss, including forming a charity organization called B.R.A.K.E.S., (Be Responsible And keep Everyone Safe), which aims to promote safe driving in an effort to save teenage lives. One of the things he reevaluated after losing his two boys was his relationship with his own father, Chet Herbert. They formed a desire to find a project they could work on together. Doug races at over 300 mph on a regular basis and his father Chet had been involved with drag racing since the sport's infancy. In fact, he's in the Drag Racing Hall of Fame, but father and son wanted a challenge; something different, something faster.
They talked over a few ideas and finally decided on a project: build a car from scratch, take it to the Bonneville Salt Flats during the 2009 Speed Week and attempt to break the land speed record. The idea was simple, but building a custom car that can go nearly 500 mph would prove to be no simple task.
Herbert immediately enlisted the help of his friends in the racing industry and many became involved with the project, including NASCAR legend, Ray Evernham, as his partner, and H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, as a Bonneville Consultant.
Although Herbert lost his father, Chet, on April 23, 2009, he will continue with the project they started together, and remains determined to accomplish their dream of breaking the land speed record.
We invite you to explore this website and learn more about our attempt to break the world land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats!