go america racing

History of Go America Racing

The Go America Racing team has been racing in one form or another for more than 40 years. The team leader Ed Akam has been involved in NHRA drag racing in many classes, APBA offshore power boat racing and circle track racing. Ed founded A&P Automotive in the 1960s and started making noise on the NHRA circuit almost immediately.

Most of Ed's time was spent running the AA/FD (Top Fuel Dragster) and AA/FC (Top Fuel Funny Car) classes. These are both professional racing classes that normally require large sponsorships. Ed and the A&P Automotive team were able to run their cars successfully for many years without any major sponsorships..

Team Timeline

- Spring Nationals (Bristol, TN) - Won A/D - Whitey James driver  
1966 A Fuel Dragster Ed Akam A&P Automotive, Claude Pardi
- Set the 1/4 mile A/ Fuel Dragster National Record at Island Dragway with an elapsed time of 8.31 seconds - Claude Pardi driver
- Spring Nationals (Bristol, TN) - Low qualifier A/FD 8.01 - Claude Pardi driver
- Indy Nationals (Indy) - Qualified 17th out of some 110 cars in AA/FD - Sam Hagen driver  
1969 Top Fuel Dragster A&P Automotive Casey Powell
- Top Speed Bakersfield Smokers - AA/FD Meet - 232 mph - Casey Powell driver
- Gator Nationals (FL) - Qualified AA/FC - Casey Powell driver  
- Summer Nationals (Englishtown, NJ) - Qualified AA/FC - Casey Powell driver  
1973 New Yorker Funny Car Ed Akam Casey Powell A&P Automotive
- Summer Nationals (Englishtown, NJ) - 1st Alternate AA/FD  - 6.01 ET - Jimmy Kowchefski driver
- Runner-up AA/FC, Division 1  to Phil Castranove, the eventual winner at National Championships - Casey Powell driver
- Summer Nationals (Englishtown, NJ) - Winner Super Comp Dragster - Gene Wagner driver  
1995 Cristen Powell Super Comp Dragster Ed Akam A&P Automotive
- Ed Akam built Dragster for Cristen Powell.  Wins Best Engineered car - NHRA World Championship Series    ( Portland, OR)

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