Event 1 of 21
March 10-12, 2023
Driver of the Matco Tools Top Fuel Dragster
|NHRA Gatornationals Event Highlights:2013 event champion Four-time runner-up:Top Fuel: 2010, 2014, 2017 Pro Stock Motorcycle: 2006 Two-time No. 1 qualifier:Top Fuel: 2010 Pro Stock Motorcycle: 20012022 NHRA Gatornationals Recap:|
Last Event (Pomona 2):
Qualified seventh; Event runner-up (defeated Justin Ashley in E1, Ron August in E2, Josh Hart in E3; defeated by Austin Prock in E4)
483 races; 71 wins; 49 No. 1 qualifiers
22 races; three wins; one runner-up
Noteworthy:2023 marks Brown’s sophomore season as an NHRA team ownerAB Motorsports finished 2022 ranked second in the standings at the conclusion of its rookie season. The No. 2 ranking solidified Brown’s 25th consecutive Top 10 finishMade his NHRA debut at the 1998 Gainesville event while competing in Pro Stock MotorcycleOn Thursday leading into the race weekend, Brown and his new AB Motorsports partner, Fire Department Coffee, will visit a local Gainesville fire station to meet with the firefighters and deliver a donation of Fire Department Coffee. Sadly, there has been a recent spike in firefighter suicides in the Alachua and Marion counties of Florida. For fans looking to support the initiative, funds raised from Fire Department Coffee’s new Charity of the Month Shirt Club will help cover the costs for firefighters in the Gainesville community needing rehab or other support services to help them overcome substance abuse.
Fan Events:Brown will participate in the inaugural Gainesville Fan Fest on Weds., 3/8, at Burnyzz Speed Shop (1 Aspen Rd., Ocala, Fla.). The free-to-attend event will feature a car show, live music, food trucks, and a driver autograph session from 7-8 p.m. that will include former Gatornationals winners and current NHRA Professional Drag Racing starsBrown will join his Toyota Gazoo Racing teammates at the Toyota midway display from 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. on Saturday for a Team Toyota autograph session
“Looking forward to starting the year off in Gainesville. We had a really successful test session here in Florida. The car is running good, we’re very competitive, and I’m super stoked on all of our crew and our whole ABM team. We’re energized, we’re motivated, and ready to pick off where we left off at the end of last season.
“We’ve got a sold-out crowd joining us for our AB Motorsports Pit Side hospitality experience this weekend with a large showing of Matco Tools distributors coming out, and what can I say, I’m just living that dream.”
ABM Communications PR