PITTSBORO, NC – For the third consecutive year Pilot Flying J is showing its support for PDRA teams, helping reduce travel costs to and from events. The program that began in 2015 allows teams to obtain a fuel discount card to automatically save $0.03 on every gallon of gas or diesel fuel. The discount card is valid at all Pilot Flying J centers across the U.S.
“The Pilot Flying J program has been extremely popular among our racers,” stated PDRA Director of Marketing, Will Smith. “We appreciate the ongoing support from the great people at Pilot. Saving on fuel costs is an asset to our racers and partnering with upstanding companies like Pilot Flying J is something we pride ourselves on and strive for here at PDRA. We are excited that our racers can continue to take advantage of this program and encourage everyone who hasn’t already to join the program this year.”
PITTSBORO, NC – Robert Tighe Racing has announced its plans to run the majority of the PDRA events this year. The team fields an 07 Toyota Scion TC, Toyota 2jz inline 6 cylinder, 94mm gen 2 Turbo by Garrett and driven by Robert Tighe III. Team owner Robert Tighe (pronounced TIE) says the North Carolina-based team will compete at the six eastern-most events on the tour and to expect to see several other import teams join the Pro Boost ranks this year.
Teams like Mech-Tech and EKanoo Racing brought their unique import flavors to the mix in 2016, with their solid performances paving the way for more diversity in the Pro Boost ranks.
HOLLYWOOD, FL – Jimmy Prock and Jonnie Lindberg highlight the first WFO Radio NHRA Nitro of 2017.
Jonnie Lindberg, back to back Lucas Oil Top Alcohol funny car champion, talks about going “Big Show” nitro racing with Head Inc.
NHRA’s Alan Reinhart makes his first appearance of 2017 to discusses the latest NHRA news with host Joe Castello. http://wforadio.com/nhra-nitro-1102017/
Hight will appear at the AAA Missouri booth on Saturday, Jan. 21, meeting fans at the St. Louis area’s largest automobile event.
“It’s always exciting going to the St. Louis Auto Show and representing AAA in Missouri,” Hight said. “What’s a lot of fun is you get a lot of the fans from Gateway who come out and want to talk NHRA drag racing in the off-season. It’s neat for the fans, too, to be able to see all the new cars. It’s a fun event.
“I went to the Auto Show when they had stopped the St. Louis race for a year or two, and boy those fans would come and talk to us and tell us they wished the race was back.”
PITTSBORO, NC – At the PRI Show in early December, the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) announced that the highly popular Top Sportsman category will undergo a slight makeover for 2017. The class, which has brought as many as 88 entries to qualify for 16 spots, will now offer the chance for 32 or 48 cars to qualify for every event.
All TS entries will qualify together, as normal. Once qualifying has been completed, the top 16 qualifiers will be drafted into a semi-pro class. This ‘Elite 16’ category, besides coming with greater prestige, will also pay more to win. The remainder of the field will run as a 16 car qualified field unless there are 42 or more total TS entries. If 42 or more total TS cars make a qualifying pass, Top Sportsman will run as a 32 car field in addition to the Elite 16. The top 16 qualifiers will be referred to as MagnaFuel Elite 16, while the bottom 16 or 32 will retain the class’ name of MagnaFuel Top Sportsman.
Santa Ana, CA – NMRA and NMCA are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Sealed Stock All-Star Showdown, a special race between select Coyote Stock and Chevrolet Performance Stock competitors at the Commerce, Georgia event at Atlanta Dragway, the weekend of April 6-9, 2017. Billed as the NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals, it’s one of only two races where fans can witness the spectacle of both NMRA and NMCA racing the same weekend.
The Sealed Stock All-Star Showdown teams will be selected according to the following: Top three in points combined from the 2016 season and 2017 first event; and one wildcard racer whose name will be drawn during a driver’s meeting before the first qualifying round. Racers will compete for major bragging rights, $1,000 cash, a Manufacturer’s Cup, and a trip to the Aerospace Components Winners Circle.
Sixteen-time Funny Car champion John Force will reunite with crew chief Jimmy Prock, who won the 2013 title with Force, and co-crew chief Chris Cunningham will also join the PEAK Chevrolet Camaro SS. Prock worked at JFR for 14 years before serving as crew chief for Jack Beckman the last 2 seasons.
Mike Neff returns as crew chief on Robert Hight’s Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car, with Jon Schaffer and Jason McCulloch joining that team as co-crew chiefs. The move strengthens one of the most dominant Funny Car driver/tuner combinations and positions the 2009 Funny Car champion as a driver to watch in 2017.
Leadership on Courtney Force’s Advance Auto Parts Funny Car and Brittany Force’s Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster remains intact.