The Team

Owner/Driver: Ron Smith

Ron has been racing Top Fuel since 1972 with an additional 10 years of “class drag racing” experience. Ron’s strategy is to apply aerospace technology and practices to all forms of motorsports. Ron draws on his Boeing management background to direct and coordinate race car operations.

Ron and his wife Faith have been greater Renton, Washington residents for the past 30 years.

In addition to motorsports and Information Technology interests Ron is an avid golfer and had future ambitions to become a “jet fighter pilot”


2–time American Hot Rod Association World Champion
3-time AHRA World Finals Champion

Crew Chief: Gus Foster

With 43 years of racing experience, Gus coordinates the efforts of the crew, ensures the safety of the driver and is responsible for the execution of the decisions on changes to the performance variables such as the fuel system, clutch and aerodynamics. Gus is the owner and sole proprietor of Foster Machining located in White Center, Washington.

Marketing: Brian Sherwood, 35/8 Motorsports Marketing

Brian Sherwood is a seasoned corporate executive who focuses on strategic alliances in motorsports marketing through 35/8 Motorsports Marketing. Passionate about building the relationships necessary to enhance any marketing or business development program, Brian offers his significant analytical and people skills to ensure your product or services marketing objectives.

As your partner, our goal at 35/8 Motorsports Marketing is to provide you with unparalleled execution of your motorsports marketing program with benefits that include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Custom-tailored program development, from strategic planning to promotional activation, mobile marketing, and administration.
  • Representation services in media, public relations, client/customer relations, business networking and introductions
  • Realization of partner-to-partner co-promotional and business-to-business opportunities
  • Development of strategic retail and/or consumer outreach programs
  • Utilization of in-house sales, marketing, exposure and motivational resources
  • Participation in staff, incentive and recruitment programs
  • Direct product-to-consumer outreach (i.e., sampling, couponing)