I'm at my office today and I am speaking with this very tall and large man who played as a rookie with the Houston Oilers in the '70s. He told me a story of riding, rather cramped, in Dan Pastorini's Pantera enroute to a rodeo. Dan,who would not be satisfied behind anyone, was following Skip Butler,another Oiler, who was driving around 60mph. Dan went to pass and an oncoming car was to close to reasonably proceed. Not to be deterred, Dan buried the throttle pedal and the Pantera leapt forward and made the pass. The rookie was amazed at the acceleration of the cat. He demanded that Dan pull over immediately so as that he could pound the crap out of him for taking that risk. Dan refused to pull over.
Years passed by and the rookie spoke with Dan at a dinner gala just last year. He retold the story to Dan and inquired whether he recalled the incident. With a wink and a big smile, Dan said he never do such a thing.
Our very own Tom Upton, local Pantera racer guy, competed regularly against Pastorini at least a few years back. I haven't spoken with Tom much about it recently to learn if Dan is still competing.