Yesterday Carl Olson was not only one of the most renowned Top Fuel drivers of his era who enjoyed equal success with front- and rear-engine dragsters, but he was also able to combine his extensive racing background with his inherent skills in administration and management to become a major figure within the motorsports industry. Olson also served as the president of the Federation International de I' Automobile (FIA) Drag Racing Commission from 1993 to 2006 and traveled to more than 25 countries to help promote and conduct a wide variety of drag racing-related events.
Where AreCarl Olson y Now? They 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’ Today 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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