(Photo credit: Don Schumacher Racing) – You’ll read a lot about Terry Chandler in the coming days and it is all true. She has had a great and positive impact on a great many people in the world. Not just the world of drag racing but the world in general. Her work in the sport of drag racing has greatly benefitted wounded veterans with her support of the Infinite Hero foundation and the nitro funny car that Jack Beckman drives. Raising hundreds of thousands of dollars per year for research is one thing but the titanic impact she has had on families with ill children through the Make A Wish Foundation is literally immeasurable.
Likely everyone in the world knows this but it bears repeating that neither Make A Wish nor Infinite Hero paid for those cars. Terry Chandler paid the bills on the cars to promote the charities displayed on them. Jack Beckman, a veteran is a perfect guy for the Infinite Hero car and Tommy Johnson Jr. a great human being on his own has really showed his stripes as the driver of the Make A Wish car by not only meeting the various families and kids that come to the races on a weekly basis but going the extra mile to visit kids outside of the track and truly make some dreams come true.
For several seasons I’d see Terry on the starting line cheering on her cars, the cars being run by her family members, and she’d do lots more than watch. She would hang on their performance. She was a true fan of the sport, a true fan of the culture of drag racing, and a rare example of a person who was truly dedicated to make the funds she had gained in her life work well beyond her own needs.
Terry will be missed by all.
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Terry and one of her ‘Wish Kids’
NHRA national events when her brother, Johnny Gray, drove a Funny Car for DSR. In 2013, Terry and Johnny decided to fund the car he drove as a tribute to their late father John R. Gray, a self-made man who rose to legendary status in the New Mexico and north Texas oil industry.