Aaron Olivarez - Driver
Aaron Olivarez began his career in the NHRA Lucas Oil Series with his
sights set on becoming the next Top Fuel Champion.His drag racing career began in the late 1990’s,
as he became an accomplished driver
in a variety of race cars within the sportsman classes.
Aaron’s love for dragsters began in 2000 as he raced multiple super comp dragsters and found his need for speed was hard to squelch. In 2004, after developing a mentor relationship with four-time world champion and drag racing legend Shirley Muldowney, Aaron set his sights on moving into the professional ranks.
Ending the 2004 racing season, Aaron acquired his Top Alcohol license in Las Vegas, Nevada under the watchful eye of Shirley Muldowney. From then on reporters asked Muldowney who this new driver in the Lucas Oil dragster was. Her response…”Watch out boys, there’s your next great Top Fuel driver.
” With Aaron’s signature “heads up” racing style and great consistent reactions times, the 2005 rookie became one that neither fans nor enthusiast would forget. With three wins, including an incredible holeshot win a the prestigious Mac Tools GATORNATIONALS in Gainesville, FL, Aaron became well known within the alcohol class. He quickly became a fan favorite with his aggressive driving style, quick wit and “fans first” attitude coupled with his down to earth friendly demeanor.
Setting the stage in 2005, Aaron began his mainstream campaign with the idea that the sport of drag racing could be taken to new levels. He worked to bring a new demographic to the stands. With the opportunity to appear as a guest presenter in Los Angeles, he presented the “Best Racing Video Game” 2005 at GFORIA (the largest annual video game awards show). With ears plugged and eyes watering, the crowd was amazed as Aaron drove a 30’ A/Fuel nitro-burning dragster through the crowd to the stage as part of his introduction.
Aaron has proven talent as a driver as well as a remarkable spokesman for sponsors and the sport of NHRA drag racing. He was the first driver named in the 2005 Inaugural “Fuel for the Fight” race team, a campaign to raise awareness for breast cancer in both men and women. Bringing together NHRA drivers, tracks and corporate sponsors, Aaron reached
across teams, class and gender lines to create a campaign for Cancer awareness along with research and prevention within NHRA. This campaign was a four race effort which raises several thousand dollars which were donated to Huntsman Cancer Research.
In 2006, Aaron again competed in the Lucas Oil series as an A/fuel drag racer in the Top Alcohol class. He continued following his dream toward the Top Fuel Division and has succeeded as he raced to several #1qualifying events, various semi final round appearances and three event wins. The largest accomplishment for the season however, was winning the prestigious Lucas Oil Division 2 championship. Along with Aaron’s continued work with cancer awareness, he expanded his efforts by becoming a great role model for children. He began organizing programs to get in touch with American’s youth. His positive influence encourages young and old to follow their dreams. It doesn’t stop there, Aaron has also worked closely with law enforcement to eliminate street racing and to “take racing to the strip where it is sanctioned and safe”.
As NHRA powers into another year, Aaron is anxiously preparing his season of intense racing action. As legendary drag racing and motor sport announcer Bob Unkifer said… “Aaron has shown talent and capability behind the wheel and is a congenial young man to deal with in person and with the public more so than anyone in drag racing. He is the future of NHRA drag racing. Better keep your eyes on this one”.