D.J. Jannuzzi of Jannuzzi Racing in Enterprise won the Boise Igniter of the NHRA Drag Racing Series during the four-day event held April 11-14. Jannuzzi was thrilled with the victory.
"This is what all the racers dream about winning," he said. "This is like winning the National Finals of rodeo."
Jannuzzi was among 165 entrants competing in the 11.20 ET class for Super Street. The contest in his professional drag racing class was not based on how fast the race cars got down the 1/4 mile track, but on how closely they equaled the 11.20 elapsed time.
Jannuzzi, who has been racing competitively since 1995, said the victory was especially sweet because of his pit crew which consisted of 13-year-old son Nick Jannuzzi and 11-year-old son Seth Jannuzzi.
After the victory Jannuzzi was interviewed by national magazines and by cable television. He said the victory is helping to put Enterprise on the map.
Though Jannuzzi does all of the mechanical and body work on the 1967 Camaro he races - which has an all fiberglass body and a 502 cubic inch, 740 horse power engine - it is co-owned and co-sponsored by Mel Jackson Racing of La Grande.
The Enterprise resident qualified #2 in his class and had to race seven times over the four days to earn the title.
The Boise Igniter is the biggest race put on at the Firebird Raceway in Boise, Idaho and one of the top drag racing events in America.
Jannuzzi operates D. J.'s Repair and U-Haul on Golf Course Road.