Top Fuel For Life

In 2013, Jim Oberhofer’s wife Tammy was diagnosed with cancer. Top Fuel for Life is their love story

Jim Oberhofer wrote Top Fuel for Life to help others find the happiness he discovered after a lifetime of mistakes. The book was born from the simple fact that he didn’t want others to wait for tragedy to find clarity. Top Fuel for Life is one of the first memoirs about happiness delivered in a “straight up,” everyday man’s perspective and the lessons learned amidst Tammy Oberhofer’s courageous battle with cancer.

Fictional characters couldn’t be more interesting

Jim O combines brash humor and deep emotion in his stories. The people in his life walk off the page so that, by the end of the book, readers know them as old friends. People include: no-nonsense Grandma Hovenac, Jim O’s loving and understanding mother, his jaw-dropping comedic best friend Cowboy Bob, the sage advisor and drag racing veteran Pat Galvin, the iconic motorcycle entrepreneur and newsmaker Jesse James and, of course, one of the all-time celebrities of drag racing, Connie “The Bounty Hunter” Kalitta.

The story’s emotion meter is off the charts

Top Fuel for Life makes you feel everything – from regret to heartache to exhilaration to hope. The book is partitioned in three parts: Lies, Love and Truth. Through his personal stories, you’ll see the tension in Jim O’s marriage and the inner battles of both a husband and wife working side-by-side. You’ll feel the wrecking-ball of terminal illness, the angst of raising a rebellious teenager, the enlightenment that comes from impending loss, and the desperate hope to squeeze more time out of a 24-hour day. Ultimately, you’ll witness the greatest of all discoveries: the triumph of true love.

A book about faith

A surprisingly spiritual undertone runs through Top Fuel for Life. As Jim O struggles to reconcile his past mistakes and be the man he knew he was meant to be, the role of faith and his Roman Catholic upbringing plays an important part in helping him deal with his demons and even gives him strength to explain to others why bad things happen to good people.

There are lessons here for the lifelong learner

As a husband, father, crew chief of the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, and Vice President of Operations for Kalitta Motorsports, Jim O shares the lessons that have transformed his life both on and off the track: what it means to be a man, what it takes to be a champion and leader in the workplace, and how to embrace happiness first and foremost in the everyday race we call life.

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