February 6, 2019
, Auburn Hills, Mich.
Dodge//SRT and Mopar demeanour to start a National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) 2019 deteriorate during a NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, California, Feb 7-10, with a fifth uninterrupted Funny Car feat with one of Don Schumacher Racing’s (DSR) fast of Mopar/Dodge drivers and a second delight in 3 years of Top Fuel foe in a Mopar-powered 330-plus mph appurtenance of Leah Pritchett.
Matt Hagan, two-time NHRA Funny Car World Champion and motorist of a Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car, starts his second decade of carrying a Mopar code seeking to join 3 other drivers that have won 3 uninterrupted Winternationals. He’ll also be seeking to make story and measure a initial NHRA National eventuality win utilizing a Hellcat body, that debuted in Jul of final year.
“We are so vehement to make that initial strike of a year and meaningful that we are starting in Pomona is something special,” pronounced Hagan, leader of a 2015 and 2017-18 Winternationals. “The strait of winning any foe out here are intensely high with a foe we have, yet it feels good meaningful we are a usually ones streamer there with a possibility to win 3 straight. we wish we didn’t hex myself (laughs) articulate about winning 3 in a row. Seriously though, we are gunning for it. We wish to be a initial one to spin on 4 win lights with a Hellcat. we feel like we are going to come out clever and have a genuine event to do it.”
Pritchett is entrance off a career-best 2018 campaign, that enclosed her mastery of a Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Presented By Pennzoil and winning a 2018 Factory Stock Showdown championship. She’ll have primary chain of a Mopar and Dodge brands on a DSR Top Fuel Dragster in 9 of a 24 events on a 2019 schedule. The impact of representing a iconic brands following an implausible deteriorate continues to ring with a Redlands, California, native.
“The substructure has been laid over a final 15-plus years between Mopar/Dodge and DSR,” pronounced Pritchett, leader of dual 2018 Top Fuel inhabitant events and a career-best fourth place ranking in a final championship standings. “It’s formidable for me to put tangible difference out there to report my place in it all. The grounds for a success we’ve had is finished and we can only tell we that being partial of a Dodge/Mopar/DSR bequest is amazing. we am so stoked. we overtly don’t consider I’ve ever been some-more vehement to start a deteriorate than we am right now.
“We are entrance off an implausible season. One with such high emotions and career apex achievements. Winning a Factory Stock Showdown was pristine fun and a outcome of tough work, integrity and being means to deliver. That followed a biggest win of my career final year during a Dodge Mile-High Nationals. It was a weekend filled with thankfulness and miracles for me. Like we said, we have lifted a bar and we’re prepared to come behind in 2019 and grasp even more.”
Hagan, who scored 3 wins and a eighth position in a 2018 standings, is focused on a improved opening behind a circle of a Mopar-powered DSR Dodge Funny Car in 2019 as he seeks his third career NHRA Funny Car title.
“Teamwork is everything,” pronounced Hagan, who will have Dodge/Mopar as primary unite in 12 events in 2019. “I’ve won dual World Championships. Finished runner-up twice. Won a garland of races and it’s since of a people I’ve surrounded myself with. I’ve been around good people and we are all encouraged and driven. That starts during a tip with Don (Schumacher) and a final decade with Mopar. We are all idea oriented and driven. It’s a new deteriorate forward of us and we’re all prepared to get after it.”
Hagan’s DSR teammates, Ron Capps, Jack Beckman and Tommy Johnson Jr., will also conflict for a climax in Mopar HEMI®-engine-fueled Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car machines. Capps, leader of a 2016 Winternationals and 2017 Funny Car champ, won 3 times final deteriorate and finished fourth in a standings. Beckman, a 2012 Funny Car champ, raced to dual victories and finished seventh in points, while Johnson finished 2018 clever reaching a final in a season-ending NHRA Finals and finishing third in points.
Mopar and Dodge//SRT supplement Cruz Pedregon to motorist lineup
A two-time NHRA World Champion will margin a new Mopar-powered entrance in a conflict to move home a 2019 Funny Car championship for Dodge//SRT and Mopar. Cruz Pedregon will entrance a Mopar-powered Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car for a 2019 deteriorate during Pomona, and will give a code another championship contender in a division.
“The timing was right and it’s a good event with a new physique character and all a other components to a relationship,” pronounced Pedregon. “We will implement a Dodge SRT Durango for support vehicles and it only enhances a whole program. And from an chronological perspective, we consider behind to my father racing in a early ‘60s with a 392 HEMI engine, and that’s what we have (HEMI engines) in these cars today. So there’s nauseating value in this too. We are unequivocally vehement about this opportunity.”
Jim Dunn Racing’s Jim Campbell will also lift a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat graphics on his Funny Car this year. Campbell enters his third deteriorate behind a circle of a Mopar-powered Dodge appurtenance for Jim Dunn Racing, that has a prolonged story of fielding Dodge Funny Cars. The team’s entrance will move to 6 a series of Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat drivers fighting for a 2019 Funny Car crown.
Mopar Contingency Program, Dodge Top Finisher Award Deliver Continued Support for NHRA Sportsman Racers
In a 2019 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 specified parts, including 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.
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