Mopar and Dodge//SRT Team Up, Announce Expanded Support of Pritchett and Hagan in 2018 NHRA Title Chase

Posted on 31. Jan, 2018 by in Chrysler Canada

January 30, 2018

, Auburn Hills, Mich.

Mopar and Dodge//SRT are once again teaming adult and holding aim during universe titles in a NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, armed with an increasing fasten to Top Fuel star Leah Pritchett and renewed support of two-time Funny Car champion Matt Hagan for a 2018 season, that commences during a NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, California, Feb 8-11.

The brands will take primary chain on Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) motorist Pritchett’s 330-plus mph NHRA Top Fuel Dragster during 7 of 24 events on a 2018 NHRA schedule, some-more than triple from dual races final deteriorate as primary sponsor.

“Mopar and Dodge have a winning birthright during a drag strip, and a brands are operative even closer together in 2018 to continue that tradition with a lineup that includes Leah Pritchett, Matt Hagan and a whole Don Schumacher Racing organization,” pronounced Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA. “From a veteran classes to a Sportsman ranks to a fan experience, we are committed to fasten with NHRA racers and fans who are ardent about horsepower both during a lane and on a street.”

“If you’ve ever been to an NHRA race, we can feel a appetite and unrestrained a throng has for both a drivers and a Dodge opening machines,” pronounced Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Cars, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA North America. “That ardent NHRA fan bottom is unequivocally good aligned with a enthusiasts, so expanding a participation to 3 times a array of NHRA races this year unequivocally helps us bond with a business where they live and breathe. And with a increasing array of Drag Paks, upheld by a SRT Engineering team, competing any week, a record send from what we learn on a frame to what we are putting into a prolongation cars – like a 840-horsepower Demon and 707-horsepower Hellcats – continues to grow during a fast pace.”

The brands will also share sponsorship of Pritchett, who warranted 4 wins and a fifth-place finish in a 2017 standings, with Pennzoil for dual events.

“It’s something I’ve been vehement about, and something that was tough to keep still about over a off-season,” pronounced Pritchett. “It’s such an implausible fit, for Mopar and Dodge to raise their participation with a Top Fuel group for Don Schumacher Racing.

“For one, a automobile looks amazing, for two, a record that we have been building with Mopar and Dodge//SRT on all forms of fronts, both Top Fuel and Funny Car — we consider it’s only an comprehensive ideal match, and we couldn’t be some-more vehement for a growth.”

Hagan, who also prisoner 4 wins and a fifth symbol in a 2017 standings, will applaud a decade behind a circle of a Mopar-powered DSR Dodge Funny Car in 2018. The brands will offer in a primary sponsorship purpose for 14 races during a 2018 deteriorate as Hagan seeks his third career NHRA Funny Car title.

“Where does a time go?” pronounced Hagan. “Ten years, that’s a cube out of your life. we was unequivocally advantageous to get bending adult with Don Schumacher. He surrounds himself with a best, and Mopar and Dodge are pivotal sponsors. It has been good for me to be means to lift that banner. It’s a outrageous honor.

“We didn’t get it finished final year, on a Funny Car or Top Fuel side, and that’s only not evil of DSR. we know we’re going to come behind here in 2018 super strong, we design large things this year. We’re going to try unequivocally tough to bend down and come out strong. The biggest thing is, we can have a integrate of good races, though we need to be some-more consistent.”

Hagan’s DSR teammates, Ron Capps, Jack Beckman and Tommy Johnson Jr., will also conflict for a climax in Mopar HEMI®-engine-powered Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car machines. Capps led a category with 8 victories final deteriorate and finished runner-up in a standings, narrowly blank back-to-back championships. Beckman, a 2012 Funny Car champ, raced to dual victories and finished fourth in points, while long-lived pretension contender Johnson also took home dual eventuality wins in 2017, including a season-ending NHRA Finals. NHRA fable and eight-time Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher will join Pritchett in competing with Mopar energy in a Top Fuel ranks.

Hagan and Pritchett will demeanour to urge their NHRA Winternationals titles, as a span doubled adult to move home victories in a Top Fuel and Funny Car classes during a season-opening eventuality final year.

New 4,800-square-foot Display to Debut on NHRA Midway
Yet another proof of a continued NHRA teamwork between a Mopar and Dodge//SRT brands will entrance during a NHRA Winternationals — a large 4,800-square-foot vaunt that combines any brand’s supply to form one of a largest displays on NHRA Manufacturers Midway.

The arrangement rigs will be positioned head-to-head, fasten fan-friendly exhibits and uncover vehicles together underneath one footprint. Also new for this year, starting during a NHRA Gatornationals, an towering observation area atop a Dodge supply territory of a total arrangement will give VIP fans a possibility to get a singular aerial perspective of a mid and lane not charity during any other display.

The crowd-favorite Challenger SRT Demon simulators will return, giving enthusiasts a practical chair behind a circle of a 840-horsepower, many absolute flesh automobile in history. Fans can also enter to win prizes, learn some-more about Mopar tools and accessories and accommodate their favorite NHRA stars in designation sessions staged during a supply during any race.

The new arrangement will be benefaction during 15 NHRA inhabitant events via a 2018 season.

Mopar Contingency Program, Dodge Top Finisher Award Deliver Continued Support to NHRA Sportsman Racers
For a 2018 season, a Mopar and Dodge//SRT brands will continue to commend and prerogative NHRA Sportsman racers who contest and win.

As it has for decades, a long-running Mopar Contingency Program will yield financial awards for drivers who win or finish runner-up while using a Mopar strait decal and utilizing a brand’s valve covers, intake manifolds and cylinder heads.

In addition, a Dodge Top Finisher award, initial introduced in 2017, awards $500 to a Stock and Super Stock competitors behind a circle of a Mopar-powered automobile who allege a farthest during all 24 inhabitant events. 

Dodge Garage Serves as New Digital Hub for Drag Racing News
Fans now have a new one-stop end for Mopar and Dodge drag racing news. Dodge Garage ( is a digital calm heart and premier end for drag racing and flesh automobile enthusiasts. Fans can perspective daily updates curated from calm opposite a automotive spectrum, with entrance to an online racing HQ, news, events, galleries, accessible downloads and merchandise.

The initial of a three-part video series, “Chasing a Title,” debuts Jan 30 on a Dodge Garage site. The array facilities interviews with Pritchett, her DSR group and NHRA fable and DSR group owners Don Schumacher, and offers fans a unique, behind-the-scenes glance during a DSR group in action.

A teaser video of a initial “Chasing a Title” episode, featuring Pritchett, can be noticed during

“Chasing a Title” video entrance dates:
Part 1: Tuesday, Jan. 30
Part 2: Thursday, Feb. 1
Part 3: Thursday, Feb. 8

About Dodge//SRT
Dodge//SRT offers a finish lineup of opening vehicles that mount out in their possess segments. Dodge is FCA North America’s mainstream opening brand, and SRT is positioned as a ultimate opening halo of a Dodge brand, together formulating a finish and offset opening code with one prophesy and one voice.
For some-more than 100 years, a Dodge code has carried on a suggestion of brothers John and Horace Dodge, who founded a association in 1914. Their change continues today. New for 2018, a 840-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, a fastest quarter-mile prolongation automobile in a universe and many absolute flesh automobile ever, is holding a universe by storm, along with a new 2018 Dodge Durango SRT, America’s fastest, many absolute and many able three-row SUV, and a 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody. These new SRT ultimate opening models join a code lineup that includes a Durango, Grand Caravan, Journey, Charger and Challenger, including a 707-horsepower Challenger SRT Hellcat and a Charger SRT Hellcat, a quickest, fastest and many absolute sedan in a world.
About Mopar
Mopar (a elementary contraction of a difference MOtor and PARts) is a service, tools and customer-care code for FCA vehicles around a globe. Born in 1937 as a name of a line of antifreeze products, a Mopar code has developed over some-more than 80 years to paint both finish caring and authentic opening for owners and enthusiasts worldwide.

Mopar done a symbol in a 1960s during a muscle-car era, with Mopar Performance Parts to raise speed and doing for both highway and racing use, and stretched to embody technical use and patron support. Today, a Mopar brand’s tellurian strech distributes some-more than 500,000 tools and accessories in over 150 markets around a world. With some-more than 50 tools placement centers and 25 patron hit centers globally, Mopar integrates service, tools and customer-care operations in sequence to raise patron and play support worldwide.

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