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19th Annual NHRA Dodge HEMI® Challenge Set to Return to Iconic U.S. Nationals

March 28, 2019

, Auburn Hills, Mich.

The Dodge//SRT code will lapse as pretension unite of a NHRA Dodge HEMI® Challenge, imprinting a 19th uninterrupted year of FCA US LLC sponsorship of a renouned NHRA Sportsman eventuality during a ancestral NHRA U.S. Nationals.

The 19th annual NHRA Dodge HEMI Challenge will glow adult Aug 29-30 during Lucas Oil Raceway during Indianapolis as partial of a 6 days of foe movement during a 65th annual U.S. Nationals. The eventuality showcases Super Stock/A-HEMI (SS/AH) NHRA Sportsman category competitors battling on a quarter-mile in 1968 Dodge Dart and Plymouth Barracuda machines powered by a Mopar 426 HEMI engine.

“The NHRA Dodge HEMI Challenge is a fan-favorite tradition during a U.S. Nationals, and we’re unapproachable to continue as pretension unite during one of a many prestigious events on a NHRA circuit,” pronounced Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, and Head of Parts and Service (Mopar) – FCA North America. “It speaks volumes about a bequest of a code during a drag frame and a passion of a fans to see HEMI-engine-powered vehicles from some-more than 50 years ago corresponding in a entertainment lanes subsequent to a modern-day Dodge drag cars.”

The mythological 1968 Mopar “package” cars — so named since they were purpose-built as a graphic “package” for use only on a drag frame — offer as precursors to a modern-day package car, a Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak.

Competitors will strive for a singular 42.6-lb NHRA Dodge HEMI Challenge trophy, total as a callout to a 426 HEMI engine. All 16 drivers to strech a rejecting rounds will accept money rewards, with a leader walking divided with a ultimate esteem of a $15,000 winner’s purse.

“Fans adore a Dodge HEMI Challenge as many as a Sportsman racers do,” pronounced Brad Gerber, NHRA Vice President and Chief Development Officer. “The foe gets some-more heated any year interjection to a bid Dodge puts in to this event. We can’t wait to see who walks divided with a esteem this year.”

Dodge//SRT in NHRA
In further to a NHRA Dodge HEMI Challenge, a Dodge//SRT code also utilizes a Dodge Top Finisher program, now in a third year, to commend and prerogative dedicated and ardent Sportsman racers. The Dodge Top Finisher endowment includes $500 any for a Stock and Super Stock competitors who allege a farthest behind a circle of a Mopar-powered vehicle. The endowment is given in both classes during all 24 NHRA Nationals events.

Dodge//SRT will also lapse as pretension unite of a Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil, scheduled for Jul 19-21, 2019, during Bandimere Speedway nearby Denver. The code will also take over pretension sponsorship duties during a Dodge NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil, a penultimate eventuality of a NHRA season, scheduled for Oct 31 – Nov 3, 2019, during The Strip during Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Dodge//SRT and Mopar have also assimilated army to strech ardent NHRA fans by a 4,800-square-foot exhibit, one of a largest on NHRA Manufacturers Midway. The total arrangement will revisit 15 events during a 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

NHRA Dodge HEMI Challenge: Roster of Champions
The initial HEMI Challenge was won by Bucky Hess during Indianapolis in 2001. Richard Beshore claimed a tip esteem a following year, Jerry Jenkins took a feat in 2003 and Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. triumphed in 2004. In 2005, Charlie Westcott Jr. of Parma, Michigan, began a run of 6 career HEMI Challenge wins (2005, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2014).

His strain of victories was interrupted by Rick Houser in 2007 and 2013; his father Charlie Westcott Sr. in 2009; and Jim Daniels who took bragging rights in 2010. Lloyd Wofford claimed feat in 2015 during a 15th anniversary event. Jim Daniels’ son, Jimmy Daniels, done story final year by apropos a initial motorist to delight in 3 uninterrupted events, claiming a 2018 NHRA Dodge HEMI Challenge win to go along with his 2016-2017 victories.

About Dodge
Dodge//SRT offers a finish lineup of opening vehicles that mount out in their possess segments. Dodge is America’s mainstream opening code 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 code in 1914. Their change continues today. New for 2019, a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is hexed by a Demon. Its 797-horsepower supercharged HEMI® high-output engine creates it a many powerful, quickest and fastest flesh automobile reaching 0-60 miles per hour (mph) in 3.4 seconds and a fastest GT prolongation automobile with a ¼-mile elapsed time (ET) of 10.8 seconds during 131 mph. It also reaches a new tip speed of 203 mph. Joining a Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is a 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat with a some-more absolute 717-horsepower engine, a Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody, that facilities buffer flares from a SRT Hellcat Widebody and adds 3.5 inches of breadth to Scat Pack’s footprint, as good as and a new Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320. Infused with disdainful drag frame record from a iconic Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, a Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 is a drag-oriented, street-legal flesh automobile and a vacant board for a critical grassroots drag racer.  The 2019 Dodge Durango SRT, America’s fastest, many absolute and many able three-row SUV with a best-in-class draw rating of 8,700 lbs. fills out a brands’ opening lineup. These abdominal opening models join a 2019 code lineup that includes a Durango, Grand Caravan, Journey, Charger and Challenger — a salon that offers opening during any cost point.
 
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.

Mopar is a source for genuine tools and accessories for all FCA US LLC automobile brands. Mopar tools are engineered together with a same teams that emanate factory-authorized specifications for FCA vehicles, charity a approach tie that no other aftermarket tools association can provide. Complete information on a Mopar code is accessible at www.mopar.com.