Senior staff writer
The Goodrich family of Greenwood epitomizes everything good about the National Hot Rod Association’s Sportsman (amateur) class of drag racing.
Robert Goodrich, a former Greenwood High School quarterback, had dreamed of drag racing since he was a kid. Racing in the Super Pro class again in the U.S. Nationals, Goodrich is living the dream at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg.
That explains the script on the back end of his 1993 Ford Mustang that reads: “Runnin’ Down a Dream.”
Most significantly, drag racing is a family affair for the Goodrich family, which includes wife Shelly Mize Goodrich, brother Tim, sisters Connie and Vicki, sons Robert II and Nick and grandsons Banks and Nohlen.
“This is a family race team,” Robert Goodrich said. “This (Sportsman class) is all about the friendship of family and team members.”
Last year Goodrich’s parents chipped in and bought his 434 cubic-inch short-block Chevrolet that powers his white Mustang.
The machine gets its share of attention although it sits across a drive from far more expensive Super Pro cars at Lucas Oil Raceway.
“I think fans just like our car because it is the real thing, and we don’t have a big hauler and lots of money behind us,” Goodrich said. “The fans out here really appreciate the older cars.”
Goodrich, who is employed at the Aldi warehouse, took four years to build the Mustang for drag racing. He explained that the car was built painstakingly for safety and durability. Eventually, Robert II will step in and drive the car.
They reached the fourth round of eliminations earlier this season in Columbus, Ohio. Last season he qualified for the first round of eliminations at all races. Goodrich did not qualify fast enough last week at the Nationals to compete in the first round of Super Gas.