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Daniel Wilkison


Born: 5/5/1952 Residence: Cloverdale, CA
Occupation: Owner WEE Manufacture of Special Purpose Products
Favorite Food: Mexican
Favorite Track: Famosa, CA
Duties: Assistant, to the assistant Crew Chief
Hobbies: Golf
Attended 1St Drag Race: 1966, Half Moon Bay, CA Racing Career: Racing Career :Go-Karts are where I started racing. I was driven to win then in 1960 and I still am manyyears later.

Daniel re-joined Jim in 2007 in the WW II effort after some years away from drag racing. He had toured with Jim's '72 and '73 Holy Smokes funny cars. Then in the late 70's, he campaigned his own twin-turbo pro comp car, which Jim drove to top speed of 232 MPH, 25 MPH over the national record in 1978. Daniel brings to the WW II team years of racing experience as an innovator and skilled craftsman, with an emphasis on research and development. He currently serves as Car Chief.

 

 

Ron Rapadas

Ron's racing goes all the back to the 1960s as he was involved in Top Fuel racing during the earliest fazes. Ron's various fuel dragsters had many of the top drivers as their pilots, Larry Leventon, Bill Alexander, and the late Gary Ormsby are some of the better known. Ron retired from racing in the late 60s to raise a family and continue as parts manager for a local new car dealership. Ron's return to racing came in 1988 when the WW2 race team was formed.

Ron continues in the parts business and one of his responsibilities are the assembly of all new engines and is one of the best in the business. Without Ron staying on with the team and wanting to continue racing I would not have bought the operation from Cheri after Jim Herbert passed away last year. Ron is my right hand at the races when it comes to making decisions how we want to run the car and is a wealth of information as well as a good friend.

 

 

 Todd D Gross

Born: 1966 Stockton, Ca
Residence: Fairfield, Ca
Occupation: Piledrivers Union Local 34 Oakland, Ca
Favorite Music: Blues/Classic Rock/Classic Country
Favorite Food: Mexican & Corn Dogs
Hobbies: Grandchildren/Dogs/Motorcycles/Drag Racing
Family: Wife/4 children/6 grandchildren/2 dogs
Bad Habits: Drag Racing & Tattoos
Heroes: Don Garlits/Twig Zeigler/Warren Haynes
Duties: Left side of motor/tires/rack assembly/prep car & parts @ shop
Year Joined WW2: 2019

Race Experience:Lifelong race fan/One season with Matt Melendez' Cacklin Critter AA/FC

 

 

Russ Denner

Born: 1951 Santa Rosa, CA
Residence: Santa Rosa, CA
Occupation: Master Vineyard Rancher
Favorite Music: 50's & 60's Rock
Favorite Food: Beef
Hobbies: Cars & Guns
Duties: Race trailer inventory & preparation, truck & trailer "Clean & Shine", utility player.
Year Joined WW2: 2007

Race Experience: High school Street Racing, AA Degree in Automotive
Comments: This ten years helping the Team are the most fun of my life.

 

 

 Bryce Johnson

Born: 1996. Salt Lake City, Utah
Occupation: Diesel technician For Wheeler Machinery C A T
Favorite Music: Rock, Alternative
Favorite Food: Steak
Hobbies: Spend Time Outdoors, Snowboarding, Riding Dirt bikes
Working On My 2004 Pontiac G T O
Duties: Clutch Specialist
Year Joined WW2: 2019

Race Experience: Starting Working With Schwab Funny Car In 2015 at Age 18. I Was In charge Of Trailer Logistics And Parts Washing. Was Promoted To Short Block Bottom End Specialist In 2017.


Raced in Many National Events At The Highest Level Of NHRA. And now Really Excited To Be a part Of The WW2 Team!.

 

 

Justin Hall

Born: 1988, Salt Lake City, UT
Occupation: Engine team leader, Wheeler Machinery C A T
Favorite Music: Country & Rock
Favorite Food: Italian
Hobbies: Snowmobiling, shooting, outdoors, Nitro Racecars
Duties: RH Cylinder Head
Year Joined WW2: 2019

Race Experience: Car chief Schwab Top fuel Funny car.
Clutch Assistant Jim Head Top fuel Funny car



 

 

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