Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Let us introduce you to Andrew Lindamood of Alabama and his 1969 Pontiac GTO.
How did you get into drag racing?
It started with seeing my family (Jared Pennington, Bob Pennington, my dad Hank Lindamood and many more) be so successful in racing. I enjoy the competition, the friendships it creates, and of course the adrenaline rush.
When and where was your first race?
My first race was in 2010, when I was 9 years old. My dad bought me a go kart, because we couldn’t afford a JR Dragster. The first pass was made at a place called Lassiter Mountain Dragway in Coalburg, AL.
What model/year do you race now?
A 1969 Pontiac GTO that my grandfather bought brand new for $1,600 in 1969.
Does your car have a nickname?
My car’s nickname is very original. We normally call it “The Goat.”
What's under the hood?
It’s not a Pontiac under the hood like most people suspect, it actually has an SBC 383 on alcohol. It’s the combination that I can afford to be competitive in this sport.
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
I use all BTE Powerglide transmission components in my ride.
Why do you use BTE?
I use BTE products because they are performance parts developed by racers for racers. They already know what a part can withstand and what type of abuse it can take before they put it out there for you to purchase. The second-to-none customer service is just the icing on the cake. They are always there to help with any problems, and willing to go the extra mile to make sure you are satisfied.
Someone you look up to in racing?
My uncle, Jared Pennington. Not because the amount of checks he’s won or how nice his racing operation is, but how he’s made a difference in this sport with footbraking alone. The amount of friendships he’s made with people is unbelievable. He’s taught me a lot about racing, both on and off the track!
If money were no object, what would you drive?
Honestly, I’m very easy to please, but the 1966 Chevy tube chassis does make a pretty race car!
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I always make sure I’m hydrated before any race, because when your body is hydrated your mind can focus a lot better.