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Irving resident achieves national acclaim racing VWs


Irving resident Damon Harmon stands next to Quarter Toy 2, one of three pro stock VWs he races
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Chris Helterbrand

Damon Harmon's love affair with racing Volkswagons began 24 years ago when he campagined his first high-performance volkswagon vehicle-which he named "Quarter Toy." But it wasn't until Harmon finished building his VW Pro Stock drag bug-which he christened Quarter Toy2, that the Irving resident broke through as one of the top competitors on the VW Pro Stock circuit. Harmon added Quarter Toy3 to his fleet in 2007, as his team sets its sights on a dual national championship after a disappointing near-miss last season. Harmon races in two different VW associations—the East Coast Pro Racing Association (ECPRA) and the Texas Pro Racing Association (TXPRA). Going into the last race of the year in 2006, Harmon was forced to choose which one to attend because both series had a race on the same day at different tracks. "I was in first-place In the TXPRA, but I was two points behind the leader in the ECPRA," Harmon said. "I chose to go after the ECPRA title event because of the higher status rank. "We drove 2,000 miles round trip to North Carolina—and got rained out." That left Harmon and his crew looking to next season after finishing second overall in the final points standings. He also ended up in fourth-place in the final TXPRA totals, something he said will only serve as motivation during the 2007 season. Harmon said people are amazed when they learn just how fast these "souped-up beetles" can travel. "They go from zero to around 140 miles per hour in less than nine seconds," Harmon said. "These volkswagons have air-cooled, four-cylinder engines and a 'old style bug' body. In addition to their on-track success, Harmon's Quarter Toys have also received acclaim at several car shows, including the annual Dallas Auto Rama World of Wheels. Quarter Toy2 has been named "Best in Show" at the event, taking top honors in 2000, 2003 and again in 2004. Damon is a 5-time TXPRA VW Pro Stock Champion. logging more than 10,000 miles on the road during the 2006 seaosn alone. Harmon is hoping his continued racing success will attract sponsors interested in the visibility that comes along with supporting a perennial championship contender. "Especially if they're looking for something that's outside the box," Harmon said. "You would be amazed how many people have an interest in Pro Stock racing-especially the 'old style' volkwagons. "When we hit the track, everybody stops what they're doing and watches us run." To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact Harmon at 972-814-5726 or by e-mail at d.harmon@verizon.net. Information can also be obtained through his website at www.harmonracing.net.

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Damon Harmon is the Current 2008 ECPRA points leader.

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