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Posted by: NHRA.com staff

Four-time NHRA Funny Car world champion Don “the Snake” Prudhomme and his legendary archrival Tom “the Mongoose” McEwen have been added as honorary members of the B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe) board of directors.
B.R.A.K.E.S. founder and fellow drag racing star Doug Herbert was thrilled to have his invitations accepted by two of his longtime drag racing idols.
“To have Don Prudhomme and Tom McEwen become honorary members of the B.R.A.K.E.S. board is such a major boost for our program,” said Herbert, whose series of Teen Pro-Active Driving Schools has given thousands of teenagers invaluable training to increase and enhance their conscientiousness, awareness, and attention while behind the wheel. “It’s an honor to have two drivers who have made so much drag racing history come aboard our team and offer their support.”
Prudhomme was also honored to be given the opportunity to join B.R.A.K.E.S.
“I have a lot of respect and admiration for what Doug has accomplished with B.R.A.K.E.S.,” he said. “To see what he’s done to keep kids safer on the road and reduce the number of tragic accidents that threaten teenagers every day is something I think we can all get behind.”
Herbert’s sons, Jon and James, were both killed in a traffic accident near their North Carolina home in January 2008, motivating Herbert to create B.R.A.K.E.S. soon thereafter. McEwen, who lost his teenage son, Jamie, to leukemia in 1978, can clearly relate to the loss of a child.
“It doesn’t matter how it happens,” said McEwen. “When you lose a child, the pain is impossible to describe, and Doug turned that pain into something positive by coming up with a way to prevent other parents from going through what he did. If there’s anything I can do to help him spread the word, I’m ready to do it.”
Prudhomme and McEwen join an esteemed list of B.R.A.K.E.S. board members, including Doug and Ginger Herbert, Heather Herbert, three-time NHRA Top Fuel world champion Shirley Muldowney, NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle veteran Steve Johnson, Patti Wheeler, Tom Cotter, Dick Pacer, Wanda Miller, Dave Dobson, and Gerry Beatie.
For more information on B.R.A.K.E.S., to make a donation, or for a schedule of Teen Pro-Active Driving Schools in 2012, log on to www.putonthebrakes.com.
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