From the time second-generation drag racer Chad Head climbed behind the wheel of a nitro-burning fuel Funny Car, he fell in love with the exhilaration of stomping the throttle and holding on for 1,000-feet of pure mayhem. It was all good, from the thrill of victory to the agony of defeat.
Head has settled into a different role which doesn't always required suiting up in a firesuit, and he's okay with the transition. He's just excited to be part of what he considers the greatest sport in the world.
"I miss the driving; driving is a huge challenge, and we all like challenges," Head admitted. "I do miss driving; there’s no question about it. I’m very fortunate to be able to have had that opportunity, so I have no ill feelings not being able to drive, but the challenge of driving was, it was very hard. I liked the challenge; I like the competition, it was fun. But I’m just happy to be able to race with a great group of people here with Kalitta Motorsports, working for Jim O [Oberhofer] and Connie and everybody here. I enjoy working with all the crew chiefs, working with all the drivers. It’s a good place to be."