The Quarter Mile Foundation‘s fundraiser roast of Pro Stock drag racing star Larry Morgan on June 23 will have WFO Radio’s Joe Castello at the microphone as master of ceremonies. Castello assumes the role after it was relinquished by Bill Bader, Jr., president of Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, who had an unexpected scheduling conflict, according to the Quarter Mile Foundation.
Castello, a native of south Florida, hosts the highly popular motorsports internet radio program, and is a fixture at most National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) events, doing live public address interviews.
“Bill Bader and the foundation are disappointed that he had the conflict, but we feel Joe’s special brand of energy and passion for the preservation of the history of drag racing will bring excitement to the evening,” said said Hrudka, chairman of the Quarter Mile Foundation. “Joe has been a great supporter of the Foundation and its goals, and I am pleased he could assist us on short notice,”.
Castello will oversee the evening’s theme-The Larry Morgan Roast – A Cavalcade of Laughter-and as ringmaster of ceremonies, he will attempt to direct Morgan’s personally selected panel of tormenters, including:
- Tony Christian-Modified Eliminator, Pro Stock and Pro Street star
- Ian Landies, Jr.-Competition Eliminator racer (son of the late sportsman star Ian Landis, Sr.)
- Pat Musi-Engine builder, Pro Street pioneer
- John Nobile-IHRA Pro Stock World Champion, NHRA Pro Stock (father of Pro Stock star Vincent Nobile)
- Ollie Volpe-Business manager of Reher-Morrison Racing Engines, and former Mr. Gasket director of racer services and Gas-Class racer
- Billy (“B.M.F.”) Wagner-former Larry Morgan Racing crew chief.
Activities will commence at 6 p.m., with a cocktail reception hour, followed by a buffet dinner featuring Pork Au Champagne with shallots, mushrooms and wine sauce and chicken tetrazzini, accompanied with oven roasted red skin potatoes, sweet potato casserole, whole green beans with slivered almonds, colonnade signature salad, yeast rolls with honey butter, plus a popcorn station for dessert. A cash bar will be open throughout the evening. The roast festivities will begin at approximately 8 p.m.
Individual seat tickets are available as well as eight-seat VIP tables. Each VIP-sponsored table will receive a complementary bottle of red and white wine, company logo rights on the stage back drop, table signage plus recognition on event marketing materials, according to the Quarter Mile Foundation.
VIP sponsors so far include Holley Performance Products, Lucas Oil Co., Speed City Performance, NHRA, JEGS High Performance, JEGS Foundation, Joe Hrudka, and Country Corvette.
The event also will include a live auction from the stage, and a silent auction that will be active during the cocktail hour and dinner.
For more information, contact Traci Hrudka, chairman of the Quarter Mile Foundation, at [email protected]
The Quarter Mile Foundation is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit foundation, which is producing PROJECT 1320, a TV documentary film series about the history of drag racing and the parallel growth of the performance automotive aftermarket.