Cory McClenathan

Cory began his Top Fuel driving career over 25 years ago after getting his start drag racing high-performance Volkswagens. Since then, he has become one of the most popular and accomplished drivers on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing tour.

Since climbing behind the wheel of a Top Fuel dragster in 1991, Cory Mac has established himself as one of the best drivers the class has ever seen. He has amassed 28 victories in 50 final-round appearances, notching 400 career round wins, and competing in over 330 races.

McClenathan has garnered a long list of performance milestones during his Top Fuel career. He was the first driver to break the 4.80-second elapsed time barrier with 4.799-second run at Reading, Pa., in 1992 and the was the first driver to eclipse the 320-mph barrier with a speed of 321.77-mph in Dallas in 1997. He has also won the prestigious U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis twice (1996 and 1999). In 1997, he set a record for the most consecutive wins (four) and most consecutive final round appearances (six), earning him a spot on the prestigious Car Craft Magazine All-Star Race team.

After competing in just one race in 1991, McClenathan put together a consistent string of 15 Top-10 finishes before finishing 16th in 2007. The 45-year-old veteran has been runner-up in the point standings four times (1992, 1995, 1997 and 1998).

McClenathan was introduced to drag racing by his father, Dick McClenathan, a former drag and off-road racer and partner in a high-performance shop dedicated to the VW trade. He began his drag racing career at the age of 16 winning the first two races he entered driving Volkswagen-powered vehicles.

He began competing in Top Alcohol dragster in 1989, winning the first race he entered in Denver. After winning three more races in 1990, he made the transition to Top Fuel in 1991. He finished in the top 10 during his rookie season in Top Fuel, making his first career four-second run in Seattle.

During his career he has driven for many high-profile team owners such as Larry Minor, Joe Gibbs, Darrel Gwynn, Henkleman and Baca, and brothers Andy and Mark Carrier.

In the 2008 season, McClenathan finished number three in the points, a huge turnaround from 2007 when he didn’t even make the Top 10. He scored a win in Las Vegas, and made three trips to the finals throughout the year. McClenathan will begin the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing season driving the Fram Top Fuel dragster for Don Schumacher Racing. Still aggressively seeking his first NHRA championship, McClenathan is filled with a renewed confidence backed with the strong resources and commitment provided by the Don Schumacher Racing team.

NHRA Top Fuel Driver Biography

Objective:

To promote company campaigns by supporting corporate ideas, services and/or products by integration and exposure through motorsports, develop successful partnerships and joint ventures working collaboratively with leading companies.

Professional Accomplishments:

  • First driver to break the 320 mph barrier in National Hot Rod Association (NHRA)
  • First driver to break the sub 4.80 second barrier in quarter mile racetrack
  • 500+ individual round victories
  • 34 career national event victories
  • Quickest 1000 ft. in NHRA history (3.752 seconds in 2010)
  • Second fastest racecar speed in NHRA history in 2010 (324.74 mph)
  • One of only 6 drivers to win all three consecutive events of the prestigious “Western Swing” in NHRA history.
  • Two time U.S. Nationals Champion (1996, 1999)
  • Four career second place finishes in the final season point standings
  • Over twenty years as Top Fuel driver in the NHRA
  • Established rapport with past corporate sponsors (Honeywell, Fram, McDonalds, Nordic Boats, MBNA, NY Yankees, GMC, Interstate Batteries, Fabtech)
  • Knowledge of marketing techniques and processes in order to have valuable assistance in advertising, development and public relations
  • Past owner/manager of MacMotorsports

Community Involvement/Humanities:

  • Speedway Children’s Charity (5-10 events per year since 2000)
  • Riley Hospital for Children’s yearly driver autograph sessions and fundraisers
  • Caroline Symmes Indianapolis Celebrity softball challenge
  • Served as celebrity ambassador for GMC annual Kuwait/Germany USO tour (2006 through 2009)
  • Spokesperson for “Petey’s Promise” animal charity (since 2007)
  • Participated in Army sponsored “yes” program for young adults (2008 through 2010)

Professional References (additional contact information upon request)

  • Don Schumacher (Don Schumacher Racing, Schumacher Electric)
  • Joe Gibbs (Joe Gibbs Racing, former Washington Redskins coach)

Demographics

  • Up to 130,000 spectators per event
  • - 2nd Largest Avid Motorsports Fan Base
  • More than 150 hours of original programming
  • - All national events are televised on ESPN2/ESPN2 HD
    - More than 60 million viewers
    - ESPN2 is available in nearly 100 million households
  • 2008 Diversity in Motorsports Award winner
  • Of the full-time NHRA professional racers in 2007:
  • - 7 were African-American and Hispanic; and
    - 6 were female

NHRA is appealing to sports fans:

  • 32 million or 14.5% of the US population has an interest in NHRA

NHRA is appealing to fans of all ages:

  • 67% of NHRA fans are in 18-49
  • 51% of NHRA fans are in 25-49
  • Youngest average age among major sports properties
  • NHRA indexes the highest for 18-24 y/o’s

NHRA is appealing to men:

  • 77% of NHRA fans are Male
  • 55% of NHRA fans have income over $50k
  • 26% of NHRA fans have income over $100k

NHRA creates a very relevant connection between fans and sponsors

  • 98% of NHRA fans feel positively about Sponsors
  • 90% of NHRA fans are likely to try a new product of a Sponsor
  • 88% of NHRA fans are likely to take part in a Sponsor promotion
  • 88% of NHRA fans are likely to purchase Sponsor product over non-Sponsor product
  • 51% of NHRA fans state that they have switched brands to support Sponsor

NHRA events set the benchmark in event satisfaction for spectator events as researched by:
EventCorp (NFL, NBA, NHL, PGA, NASCAR, IRL, MLB, AFL)

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