Welcome to Beat the Heat

Beat the Heat was founded in 1992 by First Responders to help combat the problem of street racing and drunk driving. Today our organization has added distracted driving, community relations, and youth education to it mission. 

Our Program Includes

Drag Races  // Car Shows  // Youth Education // Non-Profit Fundraising  // Community Relations  // Much more...

Team Member of the Quarter

Tommy Hansen

Tropical Impression Racing started as a dream after seeing Beat The Heat cars on display at the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators in Boise and Nashville in the  mid 90’s. With the endorsement of Sheriff Taylor and help of then and now Crew Chief Tony Munoz TIR was founded in 1997. We wanted to stick with a Pontiac because of the support of the famous drag racing family and funny car pioneers, the Gay Family from Gay Pontiac in Dickinson, Texas. They have remained loyal to our program since the beginning.


This past year, 2019 represented 21 years of community service to Galveston County and beyond. We displayed our car in April of 1998 at our first event. Since 1998 we have participated in 585 events, came in direct contact with 1,250,948 kids and have traveled 146,402 miles spreading the word of Beat The Heat. We have also aligned our team with several annual events to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Galveston, Children’s Advocacy of Galveston County, Citizen Sheriff’s Academy Alumni Association, National Adoption Day and Texas Equusearch. None of this could not have been a reality if not for our great supporters, crew and our wonderful family support. Our goal is to surpass 600 events in 2020!!


Lt. Tommy Hansen

Galveston County Sheriff’s Office

Galveston, Texas

Cell 409-789-3969

Meet Our Board

Brad Thompson


Firefighter - 27 years

Lester Smith



Firefighter - 24 years

Gary Fitzgerald



Police Officer - 18 years

Racing for Education

© BEAT THE HEAT, INC 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization, 2019
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