In this Update: Saturday and Sunday highlights at the O’Reilly Auto Parts Northwest Nationals

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The North American Eagle™ appearence once again showed that the car has “Star Quality” as thousands of  die hard drag racing fans stopped  by to take a look at this incredible vehicle.  On hand were Bill Eckberg, Jon Higley, Chris Greene, Von Armstrong, Libby and Steve Wallace, John Winchester, Larry and Rob Martinson, Sean Rondestvedt, Darren Grove, the Shadle family of Elaine, Cameron, Alex, Rachel, Jaime and  Candice,  Ray Garcia, Keith Zanghi, Valerie Thompson and Ed Shadle.  With the hottest temperatures of the year in the low 90’s, the team went through a lot of water in order to stay hydrated.

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Ed and Valerie do a live ESPN 2 interview

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Between Pro Stock and Top Fuel qualifying, NHRA did a live interview with Valerie and Ed at the starting line in front of 50,000+ fans.  As the two spoke, images of the Eagle were being showned on the giant Jumbo Tron screen so everyone could see. The two did an excellent job.  After that, Valerie and Ed climbed the stairs to the Pacific Raceways Tower and did a live interview with the voice of NHRA, Bob Frey during Top Fuel Qualifying.  Following the interview, the two took the oppurtunity to watch Top Fuel Qualifying from the VIP Hospitality Suite at the base of the tower.

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One of the special guest to come by the Eagle was 7 time World Top Fuel Champion Tony Schumacher, driver of the Don Schumacher Racing U.S.Army Top Fuel Dragster.  Tony has won a record 67 NHRA titles and it didn’t take him long to jump inside the cockpit of the 56 foot long North American Eagle™  Valerie and Ed gave him a complete break down of the Eagle’s systems and driving characteristics of the 45,500 hp vehicle.  Tony is very popular as you could tell by the crowd of fans to catch a glimpse and maybe an autograph. 

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About an hour after Tony left, the legendary Connie “The Bounty Hunter” Kalitta stopped by to get  a tour fo the Eagle.  Ed gave Connie a brief on the project, then Darren Grove and Steve Wallace provided the technical aspects of the vehicle. Connie, a 747 pilot and owner of Kalitta Air, kept right up with the technical review provided by the two.  Connie was portrayed by Beau Bridges in the 1983 Twentieth Century Fox Movie Heart Like A Wheel – The Shirley Muldowney Story.  Bonnie Bedelia played the part of three time world Top Fuel Champion Shirley Muldowney.  The DVD has a section with an interview with Shirley, Connie and Big Daddy Don Garlits that drag racing fans will find as enjoyable as the movie.

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We would like to thank all the team members who put in a very tough day answering the thousands of questions and All Battery Sales and Service for providing the photo cards for the event.  All Battery Sales and Service is the largest distributor of Interstate Batteries and Optima Batteries in the US. We would also like to thank Lucas Oil, MAV TV, Morgan Lucas Racing and Brandyn Bernstein Racing for the use of their hospitality suite, Alexis DiJoria Racing and Patron Spirits Company for the use of her hospitality suite and AAA of Washington for the use of their hospitatlity suite. 

New iOS App

Android smartphone users have been using the NAE™ App for several months.  Now iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users can download the free app!  Read all the updates, and view photos and video from your smartphone.

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Capture 3D Measurement Innovation Show August 21-23

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Ed Shadle and Keith Zanghi will be among  the featured speakers at Capture 3D Measurement Innovation Conference in Costa Mesa CA this August 21-23.  They will be showing the attendees how we use Capture 3D Tools to achieve our of goal of breaking the 763 mph world land speed record.

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International Manufacturing Technology Show September 10-15

Team North American Eagle™ will be headed on the road again this September 10th through the 15th as they  make an appearance at the IMTS 2012 Show in Chicago IL.  Ed, Keith, and Steve Green will be appearing in the Geomagic Software and IMS Software booths during the show.  Below is the giant 8 ft high by 17 ft long banner that will be hanging in the IMS Software Booth!  Along with our 7 foot model and 55 inch LED screens blasting out NAE video;  the three will be on-hand to sign autographs and answer questions.  Look for more information in the near future.

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New Lenovo Video

Lenovo recently released a new video featuring the North American Eagle™ .  The NAE™  scenes were edited by Steve Wallace. Team NAE™  uses Lenovo ThinkStations and ThinkPad for aerodynamic and engineering analysis.  Click on the photo below and watch this exciting video!

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