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
David Thornton – Clutch Mechanic
David Thornton is owner and operator of North Street Automotive in Hyannis on Cape Cod, Massachusetts where he resides with his girlfriend Rachel and their two dogs. David is originally from Needham Massachusetts and has 40 Years of Automotive mechanical experience. David has always enjoyed drag racing and occasionally raced his GTOs at New England Dragway in the late 70s and early 80s. David is thrilled to join the team. “I never dreamed I would be lucky enough to work on a TA/FC crew! Jay and the whole team have been so welcoming and helpful.” When David is not at work, he enjoys spending time at the beach with his girlfriend and their dogs.
Joe Driscoll – Clutch Mechanic
Joe Driscoll is new to the team in 2018 and came on board as a clutch mechanic. His interest in cars and racing started early in his youth and led to him driving a C/SM for a few years in the late 70s. Recently retired from a corporate career in the automotive industry, he is excited to be back at the drag strip working with the Follow a Dream team. In his spare time he also enjoys fishing, working on his cars and home improvement projects, as well as spending time with his daughters and 3 young grandchildren.
Scott Spencer – Clutch Mechanic
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
Rachel McMahon – Office Management, Marketing, and Development
Rachel has worked for Follow A Dream since 2017. She is a life-long resident of Cape Cod. She has 10+ years non-profit administration experience. Rachel has always loved racing and brings tons of enthusiasm to the team. When she isn’t at the shop or the track, she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, her son, and her two dogs.
Brian Hunt -Team Member
Brian is from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He has worked for the Follow A Dream team for many years. He is always available for shop support and clutch machining.
Al Noviello -Team Member