Former crewmembers at the Diesel Power Challenge often become great competitors soon after. Last year, master mechanic and nitrous guru Dmitri Millard came as part of Matt Larson's crew, and helped him to a 5th Place finish. This year, and after getting a feel for how the event unfolded in '09, Dmitri gets to try his hand at the game.
When we contacted Dmitri with our list of questions, he answered them in a methodical fashion, stating what he planned to do for each event. No doubt, Dmitri will be a force to be reckoned with, and may even be bringing the highest horsepower rig in this year's Diesel Power Challenge. How does he plan to compete? Read on to see what he had to say:
Diesel Power: What changes are you making to the truck?
Dmitri Millard: "We upgraded the transmission, thanks to Mike Lovrich, with a Precision Industries torque converter and new internals. The Duramini pushed the single turbo to its limits, so now it has twin turbos, and of course lots of nitrous."
DP: What tires do you plan to use?
DM: "Toyo Proxes."
DP: What is your strategy going to be for each event?
DM: "Drag race: Make a good first run that sets the tone, and then sit back and hope one pass was enough to stay competitive for the rest of the event."
"Dyno: Go all out."
"Sled pull: Shoot for the top three."
"Trailer tow: Finish strong in this event."
"Brake test: I added a few brake upgrades."
DP: What spare parts are you bringing?
DM: "I'm bringing a spare transmission, transfer case, driveshafts, and tires."
DP: Who are your crewmembers?
DM: "Matt Larson, Trent Nell, and my buddy Tim."
DP: Any other thoughts?
DM: "I'm going to try to be as competitive as possible, and will be shooting for the top three in each event. I plan to use more of a street tire for drag racing and the trailer tow and then sacrifice a little on the sled pull. I'd also like to thank PPE for their help on the twins, Mike Lovrich and Trent Nell with the transmission, and James Brendle and all my other friends who have provided me with their support, and of course Diesel Power."