Pat Minick, part of the drag racing triumvirate of Farkonas, Coil and Minick; has died. Fondly remembered as the shoe for the popular Chi-Town Hustler Funny Car in its early incarnation, the trio was a terror on the match race circuit in the s and s. Says Austin Coil, the Hustler's tuner who would go on the become John Force's crew chief for years, "Minick's skill behind the wheel was critical to the Hustler's success. Other teams were making plenty of horsepower with Black and Pink motors, but the teams were running those motors detuned to get the car down the track without smoking the tires or breaking parts. Minick could manage big horsepower with his foot.
Pat Minick, Driver of Chi-Town Hustler Fame Has Died
THE CHI-TOWN HUSTLER – MoparAction
The passing of Pat Minick, original driver of the famed Chi-Town Hustler Funny Car, on Thursday took me by surprise and saddened me in the way that I mourn the loss of the pioneers of our sport. The heroes that I grew up reading about on the pages of National Dragster and the monthly mags continue to head off to the great dragstrip in the sky, leaving behind the legacies they built and the memories they created for all of us. In , they went Super Stock racing, winning 31 of 33 events they entered. Farkonas and Minick were in need of a good wrench, and Coil was in need of some deeper pockets, so they formed a partnership during the winter of and decided to go Funny Car racing in It was all Pat Minick. He started it all, and as long as that car ran, it was all about Pat and how he and Austin and John Farkonas started it all.
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But for more than thirty years, the fabled Chi-Town flopper existed only in memories and faded photos. Now, thanks to Greg, Kathy, Pat Minick, and a host of others, that grand old funny car has been reincarnated in its entire unorthodox splendor. All three racers had campaigned other cars before they officially became a team. Minick has a reward for anyone who can locate either car. In June of , the Charger pictured here replaced the Barracuda.
Farkonas, an engineer, provided the finances, Coil tuned the Hemis, and Minick handled the driving chores. Minick drove from to , and it was during this time, the Chi-Town Hustler earned its title of the burnout king during its nearly booked in match races a year. For those diehard enthusiasts that lined the Armco barriers of the local strips in the s, merely mentioning the name Chi-Town Hustler brings back colorful memories of a series of high-performance, solid-gold, nitromethane-burning, ground-pounding Dodges that executed crowd-pleasing foot burnouts. Farkonas, an engineer, funded the team, provided a small garage for vehicle prep, and designed several of the early Hustler funny car chassis. After marrying in , he remained a part team owner, but he stopped traveling and gradually withdrew from the team.