March 13, 2019
, Auburn Hills, Mich.
Leah Pritchett will lead a star-studded organisation of Dodge//SRT Mopar drivers into one of a marquee events of a 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season, this weekend’s 50th annual NHRA Gatornationals during Gainesville (Florida) Raceway. Pritchett will lift double duty, chasing both her initial Top Fuel Gatornationals delight as good as creation her initial start as reigning SAM Tech NHRA Factory Stock Showdown (FSS) universe champion.
Pritchett raced her 354-cubic-inch HEMI®-engine-powered Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak to final year’s altogether FSS championship with 3 uninterrupted season-ending wins to put an exclamation indicate on her campaign. The branch indicate in her pretension run came during a prestigious U.S. Nationals in Indy where she degraded her Don Schumacher Motorsports (DSM) teammate Mark Pawuk in a final. It was all win lights from there in a category for a Redlands, California, driver.
She’ll urge her pretension pushing a Drag Pak carrying singular Mopar and Dodge//SRT “Angry Bee”-themed livery, designed by motorsports lifestyle code Hoonigan and selected by a fan opinion on a brand’s website. Pritchett carries a 12-round winning strain into movement opposite an intensely low margin that will not usually embody Pawuk in a Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, though also 2012 NHRA Pro Stock universe champion and two-time Gatornationals champion Allen Johnson campaigning in a Drag Pak with additional automobile credentials and support supposing by DSM and Dodge//SRT Mopar engineers.
The idea is for Pritchett to make a limit passes in Gainesville, not usually in her Drag Pak with specially-designed Hoonigan livery, though also in her Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Mopar Dodge Top Fuel dragster. She reached her 14th career final in a NHRA Arizona Nationals during Wild Horse Motorsports Pass nearby Phoenix on Feb 24 and now ranks third in a Top Fuel championship standings. Pritchett would like to supplement a Gatornationals Wally to her prize box and join Shirley Muldowney and Brittany Force as womanlike Top Fuel winners in Gainesville.
“Competing during a Gatornationals alone is always prestigious, no reduction gunning for dual Wallys during a 50th anniversary,” pronounced Pritchett. “I remember attending a 50th anniversary of a Pomona Finals and Winternationals as a fan, and to now be a clever contender during a Gators in a golden hour is something that excites my soul. We have a good competition automobile and group that we know is vehement about putting on an implausible uncover for a sell-out crowd, as good as bringing home dual truly golden wins to DSR. History will be done there, and we intend on giving it all we’ve got to be a fastest partial of it.”
Back-to-Back Theme for Beckman, Hagan in NHRA Funny Car
Winning NHRA Funny Car eventuality titles is intensely formidable and a ratio for winning uninterrupted events is tough to match, though for Mopar-powered Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat DSR drivers Jack Beckman and Matt Hagan, a contingency are in their favor.
Beckman raced his DSR Dodge Funny Car to his initial Gatornationals delight over Hagan final March. Hagan, motorist of a Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, is entrance off a first-ever feat for a Hellcat physique during a NHRA Arizona Nationals and is chasing his initial Gatornationals victory.
Ron Capps, commander of a DSR NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, will pursue a fourth Gatornationals win. Tommy Johnson Jr. will join his DSR teammates, as good as 1998 Gatornationals leader Cruz Pedregon and Jim Campbell, as 6 Mopar-powered Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Cars conflict for spots in a eliminations margin on Sunday.
Prudhomme, Lewis and Schumacher Honored
Lynn Prudhomme will be famous with a 2019 Pat Garlits Memorial Award Presented by Mopar on Thursday, Mar 14, during a 28th Annual party and initiation rite for a International Drag Racing Hall of Fame. Lynn, mother of drag racing luminary Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, has been during a forefront of efforts to assistance racing families in need. She was one of a pushing army behind a arrangement of DRAW (Drag Racing Association of Women), an classification that has upheld families of drag racers who have been harmed in racing accidents, assisting to defray some expenses, given 1985.
The endowment is named for longtime Dodge and Mopar motorist Don Garlits’ late wife, Pat. Don Garlits is a four-time Gatornationals leader and one of a sport’s many iconic personalities. The Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing and International Drag Racing Hall of Fame is located in Ocala.
Don Schumacher Racing’s Senior Vice President, Mike Lewis, will be partial of a 2019 category inducted to a International Drag Racing Hall of Fame during a Thursday night ceremony. Lewis’ respect comes only dual days after group owners Don Schumacher’s initiation into a prestigious Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in Daytona Beach, Florida.
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