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Permatex Follow A Dream Team Finishes Season As Top Ranked Team In NHRA East Region

Posted on: December 13th, 2017

– 2017 hits record books with highest national standing in team history –

Hartford, CT… The Permatex/Follow A Dream Race Team, sponsored by Permatex®, a leading innovator in chemical technology for automotive maintenance and repair, finished an extremely successful 2017 season in the Top Alcohol Funny Car NHRA Series. Jay Blake’s Permatex/Follow A Dream Team finished the year ranked 6th in the nation and an impressive 1st in the East Region.

The Permatex/Follow A Dream Race Team collected a pair of back-to-back wins during the 2017 season, capturing the NHRA Division 1 (Northeast Division) regional events at the team’s hometown track, New England Dragway, on Sunday, July 22, 2017 and at Atco Raceway in Atco, NJ on Saturday, August 5, 2017.

Team owner and crew chief, Jay Blake spoke on the successful season, stating, ”I was really proud of my team throughout the year. They never gave up. They worked through the difficult times and they earned us our best national points finish ever. Plus, winning at the New England Dragway was an amazing moment because it is the track where I went to as a kid and first experienced drag racing. It was great to win there, surrounded by our family and friends.”

The 2017 season was the second year that the Permatex/Follow A Dream Team car was helmed by driver Phil Burkhart and tuned by Anthony Terenzio.

Information and season updates on the Permatex Follow A Dream Team can be found on Facebook at and on Twitter at

About Follow A Dream

Follow A Dream Race Team is a remarkable story in itself, and winning at the national level is only part of it. Follow A Dream’s owner and crew chief, Jay Blake, is totally blind. Jay lost his eyesight in a tire explosion over 19 years ago, but he did not lose his positive attitude on life, nor his desire to pursue his dreams. Jay had always wanted to form his own race team, and in spite of his serious setback, he continued to focus on his goals. Through years of incredible determination and perseverance, he was able to realize his dream and founded Follow A Dream Racing. Since then, the team has worked its way up the rankings to become one of the top Funny Car teams in the world.

Jay Blake’s mission to motivate others

While he has worked incredibly hard to build his team, Jay Blake has also worked to encourage others to overcome adversity. He has toured the country as a motivational speaker at community schools, vocational institutes, corporate events, social club gatherings and hospitals, encouraging people to believe that they can rise above adversity and achieve their life’s goals.

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