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Luigi G. Novelli
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LUIGI NOVELLI - TEAM OWNER & DRIVER
He is a veteran from the Chicago area with over 40 years Top Fuel Racing experience. The “ROD FATHER” has accomplished U.D.R.A. Top Fuel Championships in 1977 & 78 while fielding his Top Fuel Nitro Dragster sponsored by the family business. Luigi has been married for 46 plus years and is owner of National Machine Repair. He has 4 children and 9 grandchildren.

 

TRAVIS DROLET – CLUTCH SPECIALIST
Travis joined the team in 1995 after coming on board with Luigi as a machine repair technician. Travis is a long time clutch specialist and assist in general car maintenance. He also drives the teams transport. He is related to the Novelli’s by marriage (Linda Novelli Drolet Luigi Niece) and has 1 child.

 

STEVE WILLIAMS – CYLINDER HEADS/GENERAL MAINTENANCE
Steve is a long time drag racing fan and is eager to help the team in anyway he can. He is responsible for all aspects of the “right” cylinder head preparation and also builds the short blocks with Luigi and assists with general car maintenance. He is employed by ComCast as a line technician and was quickly given the nickname “CABLE GUY”. He has 3 children & 1 grandchild.

 

GLEN BRABHAM – CYLINDER HEAD SPECIALIST
Glen is an old member of Luigi Novelli racing and attends only certain select races as his work seclude dictates. He is responsible for all aspects of the “left” cylinder head preparation (he will assist Dominic) and also assists with general car maintenance. Glen work for United Airlines as a maintenance supervisor out of O’Hare Field.

 

ROBERT CHURCHILL – BOTTOM END SPECIALIST
Bobby is the bottom end specialist and assembles the rods and piston combinations. He mixes the fuel and helps with general car maintenance. He also helps with the blower, clutch & fuel managements systems & the cars tune up. He works as a operating engineer and is married with 1 child.

 

JOEL LATTANZIO – GENERAL ASSISTANCE
Joel AKA “LUIGI’S GOPHER” has been with the team since 2000. He met them at the airport in Topeka after a race in 1999. He assists Luigi with analyzing the computer data to help Luigi and Buzz perfect the cars tune-up. Also, Joel handles the clutch and fuel management systems, assists Travis with the clutch, and clears parts between rounds along with general maintenance. He owns a small lending company and is married with 3 children and 6 grandchildren.

 

CLIFF BREMNER – GENERAL ASSISTANCE
Cliff is one of the first members of Luigi’s crew when he returned to TOP FUEL RACING in 1996 and stayed for a few years. He assists in general car maintenance and helps with any task at hand. He is a retired MILLWRIGHT and was widowed in early 2007. Also, he competed in the Junior Fuel class in the 60’s and 70’s. Cliff is also an avid Harley rider and decided to return to Fuel racing early in 2007.

 

DOMINIC PAOLELLA – CYLINDER HEAD SPECIALIST
Dominic joined the team in 2006 but only attended certain races and will now be full time in the 2008 season as his work seclude will allow. He will be responsible for all aspects of the “left cylinder” and its preparation and do general car maintenance. He will also assist Luigi and The cable guy with the building of the short blocks. He works as a machinist by trade, is single and resides in Lowell, Indiana.

 

DAVE OSTASZEWSKI-CLUTCH SPECIALIST
Dave works on the right side of the clutch and specializes in assemble of the clutch pack he also removes and replacing the clutch pack. Dave has been around drag racing his entire life, as a photographer and historian. He has many photos of the historical moments in drag racing history. Dave worked many years with A FUEL teams and joined the team in 2013 with his son Dustin. He works for United Parcel Service and still keeps up with his photograph. Dave is married and has three children.

 

DUSTIN OSTASZEWSKI- BOTTOM END SPECIALIST
Dustin is also a bottom end specialists and assembles the rods and piston combination he has been drag racing his entire life and joined the team in 2013. His dad Dave has been a NHRA photographer and historian his enter life, he and Dustin has worked on many A FUEL teams working on various jobs including bottom end, heads, clutch and various other duties. Since graduating High School he is working a machinist and is attend collage to further his education.

 

BILL MINCEY- CLUTCH SPECIALIST
Bill works on the left side of the clutch and specializes in removing and replacing the clutch pack. His various other duties are helping with the blower, tires and wheels and driving the rig. Bill joined the team in 2013 and has been around Drag racing His entire life, his is a retired firefighter and now works as a fabricator he also is a avid motor cycle rider and scuba diving and pilot license. He is married and has two children.

 

ANTHONY ABBATE-GENERAL ASSISTANCE
Anthony is the newest member of the team joined this year and will be attending various races. He is learning how to service, removing and replacing the heads. He has just graduated from high school and will be attend college (WyoTech) to study diesel technology. He works for his father at JMS Forklift a company that works with Luigi and his company National Machine Repair.

 
   
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