Jay Blake-Crew Chief
Jay Blake is founder and president of Follow A Dream, and the only totally blind crew chief in the worldwide sport of auto racing. He has more than 15 years experience as a professional auto mechanic and more than 25 years in drag racing. Jay is responsible for the organization’s management, operations and community outreach programs, as well as performing mechanical work on the racecar. Jay leads his team of racing professionals in NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car competition, where they won the 2012 East Region championship and finished the season ranked 11th in national points.
James C. Blake – Vice President & Treasurer
Jim Blake is vice president and treasurer of Follow A Dream. Jim has 28 years of racing experience including multiple top ten finishes in the New England Points Series. In 1987 Jim debuted what would become the World’s Quickest Clean Air Dragster, powered by propane. In 1993 Jim was awarded “The Sportsman of the Year Award”, by his fellow racers. Jim assists his brother Jay with managing Follow A Dream and is a full-time manager for Eastern Propane & Oil in Danvers, MA.
Phil Burkart – Driver
Scott Osborn – Lower End Technician
Scott Spencer – Clutch
In his second year as a member of the Follow A Dream Team, Scott will be assisting with the work on the clutch. An automotive technician from Cape Cod, Scott also works reconditioning vehicles. In his spare time Scott enjoys spending time with his family and friends and going to monster truck shows.
Alan Hadfield – Clutch Machinist
Longtime Follow A Dream team member Alan Hadfield brings tenacity and dedication to the vital task of machining all the clutch discs and floaters before each race and often wheels the transporter for the team. He has a background in heavy trucks and heavy equipment and has been a mechanic for the golf industry in the Cape Cod area. When the Jr. Dragster class was first created, he built his son a car called “Cape Codder Jr.” (named after his hero Ed Parker’s “Cape Codder” Top Alcohol Funny Car), and the two campaigned it at regional events and at the Jr. Dragster Nationals in Maryland.
Ed Parker – Crew Member
Mark Reardon-Team Member
Mark has had an interest in cars since he was sixteen years old, painting, fixing and building them to go faster. His background includes working as an auto technician for twenty years. Mark also has a passion for music and entertainment and is the owner of Happy Time Productions, a mobile DJ service. Mark enjoys giving back to the community and strongly believes in the Follow A Dream mission. He became a Shriners Clown as a way to showcase his fun personality and to help bring a little sunshine and fun to children whose lives are centered around hospitals and medical treatments. He and his now adult daughter Katie joined the Dream Team in 2004.
Bio coming soon
Al Noviello -Team Member