P.B. and Brett Candies: Continuing the Family Tradition
The dragster was built originally by Wayne Ewing in 1962. My dad had the car completely refurbished by the legendary Pat Foster, with the engine by Top Fuel legend Dale Armstrong.
After we had finished cackling at the 2009 Hot Rod Reunion, we were sitting in the motorhome with close friends, discussing the fun we had cackling – by the way, our car was the last one to shut off – when my brother Brett and I decided to present my dad with an artist rendering of the Challenger. It is painted exactly like one of my dad’s Funny Cars, the “Cajun Cuda.”
Needless to say, it was a very emotional and happy occasion. Since that time we have been very fortunate to secure two more COBRA Jets from Ford and the COPO from Chevrolet.
Q. Whose idea was it to build the Super COBRA Jet?
PB: It was a collective decision by my dad, my brother and me.
Q: How was it determined how many cars would be aspirated and how many cars would be supercharged?
PB: No real reasons. We looked at various engine combinations and what was competitive.
Q: How do you determine what classes the cars will run in at each race?
PB: We usually run the natural classes, but we also look at the advantages to run in other classes at different races.
Q: How did Kyle Carrothers come into the picture and when?
PB: Sometime in 2009, we had a meeting one day discussing our new venture into Stock and Super Stock racing and my dad said, “I have only owned and raced Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars; what do we want to do to race stockers and be competitive?”
It just so happened that I had just read Drag Racing Action about two guys with a 2008 COBRA Jet, named Kyle Carrothers and Rock Haas, and Kyle worked for Roush. And Jack Roush being a very good and old friend of my dad, he called Jack. Jack told my dad that Kyle was one of his best engineers and he would have Kyle him. The rest is history.
Q: What are Kyle’s general responsibilities?
PB: When the cars are brought to Roush, Kyle makes certain the cars are race-ready and safe. After which he supervises all chassis and engine modifications and dyno testing before sending back to CFM. Kyle flies to all the races and does all the program tuning on race weekends.