Where Are They Now? Carl Olson by ProQuest


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									Where AreCarl Olson y Now?
                                                    While stationed in Alameda, Calif., he his days as an
                                                attended various events at Fremont               independent
                                                Dragstrip, where he became crew chief            campaigner.
                                                and then later the driver for Nick Mura’s            Olson was not idle
                                                injected-nitro car. In 1964, Mura sold the       for long, however. He
                                                operation to Olson, which enabled Olson          accepted an offer to
                                                to realize his ultimate dream of being the       drive Mike Kuhl’s car
                                                driver and owner of a fuel dragster at the at Orange County Int’l              Kuhl and Olson were among the first to follow the lead of “Big
                                                young age of 21.                                 Raceway on the                Daddy” Don Garlits’ to the switch to rear-engine dragsters in
                                                    Olson was still serving in the Coast         following weekend, a          1971. Olson, near lane, raced Garlits in a great side-by-side
                                                Guard when his driving career began,             move that initiated a         duel in the semi’s of that year’s Big Go in Indy.
                                                and that was no obstacle either. “I had a        very successful five-year
                                                really cool commanding officer, who even         partnership.                                     other drivers before selling the operation
                                                let me work on the car at the Coast                  Kuhl and Olson were among the first          after the end of the 1975 season.
                                                Guard station with the understanding             major front-engine Top Fuel teams to
                                                that if my extracurricular activities were
                                                discovered he would claim no knowledge
                                                                                                 make the switch to rear-engine dragsters
                                                                                                 after the success of Don Garlits’
                                                of them. Fortunately, that scenario never        pioneering entry at the 1971                         Olson joined NHRA as vice president,
                                                materialized.”                                                           Winternationals.         where he served in a variety of
                                                    After being                                                          “Having that motor       capacities for 25 years. Among his many
            Yesterday                           honorably discharged
                                                from the Coast
                                                                                                                         behind me with all
                                                                                                                         the oil leakage and
                                                                                                                                                  areas of work were industry relations,
                                                                                                                                                  safety-insurance-legal, international

C     arl Olson was not only one of the
      most renowned Top Fuel drivers of
his era who enjoyed equal success with
                                                Guard, Olson
                                                relocated back to
                                                Southern California,
                                                                                                                         explosions definitely
                                                                                                                         added years to my
                                                                                                                         driving career,” said
                                                                                                                                                  relations, technical administration, and
                                                                                                                                                  risk management. Olson also served as
                                                                                                                                                  the president of the Federation
front- and rear-engine dragsters, but he        where he went to                                                         Olson. The car,          International de I’ Automobile (FIA)
was also able to combine his extensive          work as the general                                                      which debuted in         Drag Racing Commission from 1993 to
racing background with his inherent skills manager for Trans-                                                            mid-1971, won Best       2006 and traveled to more than 25
in administration and management to             Dapt Performance,                                                        Engineered Car           countries to help promote and conduct a
become a major figure within the                which was headed by         As one of the more articulate drivers in honors at the                wide variety of drag racing-related
motorsports industry. He has advanced           Willie Garner, who,         drag racing, various forms of both the       NHRA Nationals           events. In 2001, Olson left NHRA to
the cause of auto racing not only within        like Stecker, became a electronic and print media often                  and was upgraded         become the motorsports manager of the
the United States but on an international       mentor for Olson. He        interviewed Olson in efforts to promote over the winter with     
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