Lifetime Air Filter Mfr. Awards Thousand Oaks, CA Couple with Trip of a Lifetime
“It was one of the most extraordinary experiences I’ve had in my lifetime,” said
Dirk Levens. The 51-year-old Thousand Oaks, California resident was one of 5
winners in the K&N Engineering contest, 2006 Indy or Bust. “My wife, Joy and I
had special access to amazing places. It was our first time at the Indy 500 and
The couple won a 4-day, 3-night trip, roundtrip coach air transportation,
hotel accommodations, garage access and grandstand seating at the Indianapolis
Motor Speedway, courtesy of K&N Engineering.
K&N Contest Winner Dirk Levens
Part of the prize package was on Carb Day. “Joy and I were able to go under the
tunnel and into the infield. I heard the sound of power, it wasn’t anything like
I’d ever heard before,” he said. “My skin started to tingle in a cool way. I’d
never been that close to that kind of sound.”
Levens said he also really enjoyed the history of Gasoline Alley. “We shopped so
much and walked miles,” he said. “The other really cool astounding event was
going for a ride in an Indy Lap Car. It was a Chevy Monte Carlo SS, and the
professional driver got us up to speeds of 120 mph. It is an awesome track, and
that is something I will never forget.”
The weather at the Indy 500 was around 87 degrees with 90 percent humidity.
Levens and his wife had seats in the shade. “It was perfect, because we were
comfortable despite the heat,” he said.
“My wife and I were in the grandstand on the front stretch about a thousand
yards north of the start and finish,” said Levens. “The crash on Sunday happened
right in front of us. We saw the debris fly in the stands directly across from
Just after Tomas Scheckter crashed coming off turn four and slid into the padded
end of the wall separating the track from the pits, Jacques Lazier drove over a
piece of Scheckter’s rear wing, sending it airborne over the grandstand
fence and near the back of the stands. Five fans were injured, from the debris,
The track’s safety crew was immediately on the scene. “Earlier, we were able to
go on a safety tour with the guys who work the track,” said Levens. “They
explained how they respond to accidents. We saw first hand how efficient they
are. It was a trip to watch them at work.”
There was an invocation before the race. “It sticks out in my mind,” said
Levens. “The pastor said, Lord, protect all the drivers, the pit crew and
everyone involved with the race. It touched my heart.”
K&N Contest Winner Dirk Levens Waiting for a Hot Lap
The K&N contest started on May 12, 2005 and ended December 31, 2005. Owners of
managers of an Authorized K&N Service Center, (installer of K&N product) sent in
photos of a sign attached to their repair facility that read, “K&N Installed
Here.” Photos, along with a completed entry form were entered in a drawing.
Levens, of American Muffler, Brake and Radiator, told K&N he never won anything
before in his life.
K&N selected the winners in a random drawing at the NHRA Winternationals at
Pomona, California. “Did I say it was the trip of a lifetime,” said Levens.
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