More on Duane’s Automotive Background
Duane is a Master Auto Repair Technician fully certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). He is also a certified New Jersey State Emission Repair Technician and certified MACS Refrigeration Technician. He has attended Brookdale Community College’s automotive technology program and Mechanics Education Association (MEA). Now with more than 40 years spent in the automotive industry, Duane is truly a master, in accreditation and ability. He is dedicated to fixing your car right the first time, as well as giving you honest, friendly advice you can trust.
From the very beginning of his automotive career, Duane was always extremely driven to own his own business; however, several challenges stood in the way of this dream. After being involved in drag racing for several years and while attempting to become a top-dog in the world of racing, he worked three jobs to support his passion. Stretched too thin, Duane lost his full-time job at a local auto parts store, but was given nearly three months to make his dream come true: He finally had the chance to open his own business. With that, in October of 1982, he founded Highland Park Automotive.
Now that he had his own shop, Duane was inspired to make other dreams come true as well. His racing career took off, starting in 1984 and 1988 when he earned the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Division 1 Super Comp Champion. When he became licensed in NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car in 1998, he began working part-time for various NHRA Top Fuel and Funny Car teams as a mechanic from 1999 until 2004.
In 2006, while driving for Ferriolo Motorsports NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car team, Duane was the runner-up at the NHRA Division 1 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event in Atco, NJ. He went on to specialize in clutch work, and became part of Paul Richards IHRA funny car team from 2007 to 2009. He moved on to a full-time position as a clutch specialist for the Jim Dunn racing NHRA Funny Car team in 2010. In 2014, Duane was crowned the champion of the East Coast Pro Comp Association, driving for the Dennis Champney-owned Alcohol Funny Car racing team out of New Hampshire. Next up, he started driving for Rick Walkoviak Racing in a supercharged Alcohol Altered.
In his off-time, Duane enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters. When he is not at the shop or racetrack, you can usually find him at the Jersey Shore on his surfboard yelling “COWABUNGA!” or on the fairway yelling “FORE!”