MILWAUKEE, WI – The entire contingent of John Force Racing drivers as well as the crew of the PEAK Antifreeze & Coolant Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car team spent the day in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, participating in two rewarding and exciting events in conjunction with Old World Industries, the parent company of team sponsors PEAK and Blue Def. The team, led by 16-time Funny Car champion John Force, were the featured speakers at the Al Hurvis/ADAMM Education Foundation, Inc. luncheon and then in the afternoon Force fired up his 10,000 horsepower Funny Car for over 100 students at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC).
“Today was a great day to talk about what is really important which is the young people of this country that need some encouragement and mentoring. The Al Hurvis Foundation luncheon was a great opportunity to talk with a group people that give their time and money to help inner city kids have a chance at a better life through scholarships,” said Force, who was the keynote speaker at the luncheon. “After the luncheon we went to the Milwaukee Area Technical College and talked with some students that someday could be on a Funny Car or Top Fuel crew or working in a Chevrolet dealership. They are getting some of the best training and education you can get. I was blown away by their questions and I think I blew them away when I fired up this hot rod. I have to thank all the teachers and students from MATC and the Oak Creek Fire Department for being there to keep us safe.”
READING, PA – It should come as no surprise that Pennsylvania native Mia Tedesco loves racing in her home state. The up-and-coming NHRA racer gets a rare chance to race in the Keystone State when she competes in Top Alcohol Dragster and Super Gas during the Dodge NHRA Nationals this weekend at Maple Grove Raceway.
Tedesco, who lives in Pittsburgh, will drive the CARS Protection Plus/Schepel Motors/NGK/Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Dragster and the CARS Protection Plus/VP Racing Fuels Super Gas Chevrolet Cavalier in Reading.
“It doesn’t happen very often, so it’s pretty cool when we do get to race in Pennsylvania,” Tedesco said. “It’s neat. The weather doesn’t look that good, but Reading isn’t too far from home. My family will be there, and I definitely like Reading a lot. We’ve had a lot of success there.”
READING, PA – The Dodge NHRA Nationals this weekend would be a good time for Mopar Pro Stock drivers to shine, and five-time class champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. hopes he and his Magneti Marelli offered by Mopar/JEGS.com Dodge Dart can step up.
Maple Grove Raceway would be an apt place for Coughlin to perform well, as he has won there four times in his brilliant career. The 2016 season hasn’t gone as expected for Coughlin and his Elite Motorsports team, but he hopes he can gun for victory No. 5 there this weekend.
“Having this Reading race sponsored by Dodge is exciting for us, and we’re ready to get there,” Coughlin said. “We’ve been making a little bit of progress on our program. Are we ready to challenge the top eight cars? No, but it hasn’t been for a lack of effort. I hated to see all of the Dodges struggle in St. Louis, but maybe one or all of us can turn it around in Reading.”
Maurice Allen joins the IHRA team; signs a three-year deal with Wide Bay Motor Complex
WEST PALM BEACH, FL – The progressive international movement into Australia has continued as the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) has announced Maurice Allen, IHRA Australia managing director and signed Wide Bay Motor Complex to a three-year sanctioning agreement.
Veteran motorsports professional Maurice Allen has been named the new IHRA managing director in Australia. Mr. Allen started his career in motorsports as a Pro Stock motorcycle racer at the age of 20 and later set-up the Australia Dragbike School in Melbourne, Australia. Prior to joining the IHRA, Mr. Allen was the CEO of the Australian Professional Drag Racing (APDR) – 400 Thunder, Australia’s premier drag racing series sanctioned by the IHRA.
GREENEVILLE, TN – Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson has had a slower than expected start to his Countdown to the Championship efforts but with four races left, the dream is still alive for the 2012 Pro Stock World Champion to be the last man standing at the conclusion of the season. Johnson is hoping the 32nd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals is just the right place to grab the momentum the team had in the regular season.
“I still think we have a great racecar even thought we’ve lost early in the last two races,” Johnson said. “We’ve just got to make better decisions every single run and that’s what we’ll do in Reading. It’s always cold in Reading and we have a decent setup for that. When I think about Reading, I think about it being cold and we’re gonna go fast.”
READING, PA – He may hail from Miami, but for the last year and a half, Hector Arana Jr. has called East Northport, Long Island, home, making this weekend’s 32nd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals another “home race” for the established star in the drag racing’s Pro Stock Motorcycle class.
“I really kind of have two home races now, Englishtown (N.J.) and Reading, so that gives me two chances to win in my backyard,” said Arana, an 11-time national event winner. “I like that because we lived in Florida and I’ve won Gainesville before and we lived in Indiana and I won Indy also, so I want to win up here now that we live close by.”
Arana already has tasted success in Reading, as he raced to the victory circle back in 2011, but he wasn’t living in New York at the time. But all that changed when he got engaged to retired Pro Stock drag racer John Nobile’s daughter, Nicole.
READING, PA – World champion Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Hector Arana Sr. maybe be one of the longest-tenured riders in the world’s quickest and fastest two-wheel category of racing, but that doesn’t stop the 58-year-old from acting like a kid at Christmas every time he rolls through the gates of Maple Grove Raceway, the site of this weekend’s 32nd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals.
“Reading is an awesome place,” the 2009 champ said. “I’m already looking to the weather, which is what we always do when Reading shows up on the schedule, and it looks like it’s going to be one of those years where the track could be very, very fast.
“Mr. Weatherman says it’s going to be in the low 70s and maybe even the 60s on Sunday, so it’s going to be mineshaft conditions, which means quick e.t.s. I just hope we can get some of those low e.t.s out of our Lucas Oil Buells so we can get the boost we need to pump us up and give us a little more confidence down the stretch.”