Winning the 2017 NHRA Hot
Rod Heritage Racing Series Top Fuel Championship was bitter sweet
for Murphy. As he was being crowned, his city was burning. The
Tubbs Fire was the second most destructive wildfire in California
history, burning parts of Napa, Sonoma, and Lake counties in
Northern California during October 2017, and affecting Murphy's
city of Santa Rosa the most.
Jim, a very successful contractor,
who has pride in his motto "Uncommon Builder" , Jim Murphy & Associates were
the architects of many of the hi- end homes and businesses destroyed
in the fire. This changed his way of life for over a year. Aside
from trying to help those he could get recovered it also put
his drag racing operation on the back burner. The performance
showed it. To say his 3 race 2018 campaign was less than desired
would be an understatement.
After a long and difficult
2018 on the job things have somewhat leveled out and the dragster
is back in play. "After a very difficult year due to what
happened in my area my plans for 2019 are to once again hit the
racing hard, get some wins and another championship." says
Murphy. "I plan to lessen my time at the office and spend
more time doing what I love, drag racing."
The team has planned a full
schedule for 2019 that covers 5 states. Race
Schedule Jim and Daniel are currently gearing up with new
parts and pieces along with improvements on the car itself. The
crew will be putting in more time to assure everything is done
to accomplish consistent, maximum performance.
"I want to sincerely
thank my sponsors and fans who suffered 2018 with me. Hopefully
your perseverance will be rewarded next season. It won't be due
to lack of "effort" are among the thoughts going forward
See everyone in March, until
then be safe.