Guest Instructor - James Monroe
James Monroe works as an independent sales and technical consultant for some of the most prominent companies in the drag racing industry. Companies such as Ron's Fuel Injection, VP Racing Fuels, Transmissions Specialties, Steve Schmidt Competition Engines and The Fab Shop rely on Monroe for research and development of new products as well as to assist their customers each day with sales and technical support. Monroe, a 39 year-old husband and father of two, operates in these capacities through the business entity/website www.KillerRONS.COM.
Monroe was a three-sport athlete in high school excelling in baseball eventually playing collegiately for Vincennes University as well as a brief stint with Indiana University. After graduating from college and still having the "competitive urge" James and his father purchased a dragster together in 1992. Neither were foreign to drag racing as James's father, Mike, had been actively pursuing the hobby since 1964 and had retired from racing only a short time before. As James was growing up during the 70's and 80's the Monroe family fielded numerous dragsters and held several IHRA Modified Eliminator national records.
From the first time James sat in the seat competitively the event wins began to happen. The week after earning his ET license James won Super Pro eliminator at Terre Haute Action Track (today knows as Crossroads Dragway) running 5.50's in the below dragster.
After competing with mild success in those first two seasons the duo purchased their first new dragster in 1996. James and family are shown below after winning his second career Super Quick Series event at Coles County Dragway. Later that season Monroe went on to win his first track championship at Indianapolis Raceway Park track championship.
Since the late 1990's Monroe's have fielded over twenty new and used bracket dragsters and have had success with virtually every one. During the mid-2000's Monroe was voted three separate times to be the NHRA North Central Division "ET Bracket Driver of the Year" while winning the Lyons Raceway Park track championship in 2005 and the JEG'S Super Quick Series championships in 2006 and 2008. While enroute to the 2006 title Monroe won 14 elimination rounds in a row at Bunker Hill Dragway and captured the Super Pro and Super Quick event wins (below).
In the most recent years James has turned his attention to NHRA Top Dragster and JEG'S Super Quick Series racing and is a threat to win each weekend. Most recently, in the months of June and July 2010, Monroe was in the final round of an amazing 6 of 7 events capturing NHRA divisional wins at Route 66 Dragway in Joliet, Illinois and National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio and a national event win at the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio.