LENEXA, KS – With championship aspirations heading into the 2019 NHRA Pro Mod season, veteran driver Steve Matusek today revealed a major partnership with Garrett Advancing Motion and its technology-driven line of turbochargers.
Matusek will team up with the turbocharger powerhouse, adding a proven and innovative name to an already impressive list heading into the NHRA Pro Mod campaign. Matusek, who also joined Elite Motorsports’ burgeoning Pro Mod camp in the off-season, will run Garrett Advancing Motion turbochargers on his Pro Mod Mustang as he enters the season with big expectations.
“We want to work with companies that want to work with us and learn with us, and we have a great opportunity to work with a real high-tech company like Garrett Advancing Motion that will give us good feedback to advance our program quickly,” Matusek said. “It’s a very good, very safe product that will help us reach our goals and I’m very excited to work with Garrett in 2019.”
WEST PALM BEACH, FL — Darlington Dragway has over four-decades of history with the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA). The legendary South Carolina track at one of America’s great motorsports destinations has extended its IHRA partnership through a multi-year sanctioning agreement.
The 1/4-mile drag strip was constructed by Harold Brasington, who built Darlington Raceway in 1950, and Woodrow Hall under the guidance of IHRA founder Larry Carrier. It opened in 1976 and has been a mainstay on the IHRA event schedule ever since.
In 2015 new owners Russell and Dee Dee Miller took over the facility with the intention of transforming it into one of the premiere facilities in the country. The Miller family are true racers and their children, Tylor and Brooke, share the passion for the sport. Racing for the Pee Dee Fleet Motorsports Team, Tylor is one of the top Pro Mod drivers in the Carolinas, and Brooke is highly successful in the Junior Dragster ranks. She was runner-up in the track’s IHRA Summit SuperSeries point standings for 2018, and won the Gambler’s Race at the 2017 IHRA Division 2 Summit Team Finals.
“Darlington Dragway is truly one of America’s great drag racing facilities,” IHRA Division Director Josh Peake said. “Not only does it boast such a rich history, but track owners Russell and Dee Miller and track manager Rhett Gardner have taken it to the next level. It continues to be a showplace for marquee events and truly lives up to its name as a legendary track.”
The $40 Grand Nationals presented by Hughes Performance, formerly the $10 Grand Nationals which was in its 27th year, is set for Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 2019.
The total payout for the event is an enticing $262,875. On Friday, the payout is $72,625 with $15,000 to win, while on Saturday, the payout is $110,125 with $40,000 to win and on Sunday, the payout is $80,125 with $20,000 to win. Buy-backs will be available for the first round of eliminations for $150, and payouts begin in the third round of eliminations.
The number of entries will be limited to 425 and the three-day fee is $600 for car and driver, $50 for adult non-drivers and $10 for children ages 6-12. The entry fee can be split into three payments of $200 each.
YORBA LINDA, CA — Two-time Funny Car World Champion and driver of the AAA Missouri Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car, Robert Hight will make a special appearance at the annual Saint Louis Auto Show taking place Jan. 24-27th.
Hight, a 2019 championship frontrunner, will be at the AAA Missouri booth on the afternoon of Saturday, Jan. 26th to meet fans who he hasn’t seen since winning the AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals in spectacular fashion in September of 2018.
“It’s going to be great to get back to St. Louis for the Saint Louis Auto Show this year,” Hight said. “It’s always nice after a long winter to get back to talk with fans about NHRA drag racing but I won the race here last year. Unfortunately, my car blew up and I didn’t have a chance to celebrate in the winner’s circle. So, it’s going to be extra special to get to high five the fans, sign autographs and take some photos with them.”
The AAA Missouri booth will be stationed near the display from Gateway Motorsports Park, which will once again host the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals this year on Sept. 27-29th.
Lucas Oil will share the primary sponsorship with Edelbrock on Frank Brandao’s record-setting Pro Nitrous 2018 Dodge Dart driven by standout driver Lizzy Musi, while the partnership will also extend into the engine shop for Pat Musi Racing Engines. The company has proudly used Lucas Oil’s proven products for more than a decade with an impressive track record.
“Lucas Oil is extremely proud to return in 2019 with Musi Racing and driver Lizzy Musi,” Lucas Oil Motorsports Manager Tom Bogner said. “We’re always looking for partners that can help us bring awareness to our products, and we enjoy working with Pat and the entire Musi family. Lizzy is a very talented driver who has already put together a number of exciting records using Lucas Oil products, and I’m looking forward to seeing the results on the dyno and on the track in 2019. We also like the strong connection with Edelbrock on her Dodge Dart and in Pat’s engine shop, putting us alongside another strong American performance aftermarket company.”
BAYTOWN, TX – Houston Raceway Park (HRP), the iconic drag strip located in the Houston suburb of Baytown, is “Making the Switch” to Pennzoil® through a new multi-year relationship that changes the name of the 30-year-old facility to “Houston Raceway Park powered by Pennzoil.”
“Today’s announcement with Pennzoil marks another exciting chapter in the history of Houston Raceway Park,” HRP Vice President Seth Angel said. “The commitment Pennzoil has made to the sport of NHRA drag racing, specifically through its association with Don Schumacher Racing, is a testament to its faith in the future of our sport. We couldn’t be more thrilled to ‘Make the Switch’ to Pennzoil as we head into the 2019 race season.”
The agreement with Pennzoil includes naming rights, designation as the Official Lubricant of Houston Raceway Park powered by Pennzoil, logo placement on numerous buildings throughout the facility — including the left-lane scoreboard and the VIP Tower Suites — as well as all of the high-traffic areas within the pits.
FREDERICKSBURG, VA – Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) officials announced today that FuelTech will be the presenting sponsor of the first race of the series’ sixth season. The 2019 PDRA East Coast Nationals presented by FuelTech will take place April 4-6 at GALOT Motorsports Park in Benson, N.C.
“We are extremely excited to have a new partnership with a new sponsor for 2019,” said Tyler Crossnoe, race director, PDRA. “One of our goals for 2019 is to bring new faces and names to the PDRA and by offering a new event presenting partnership, we have opened the door to new partners like FuelTech.”
FuelTech has been an industry leader and a go-to company for drivers in classes across drag racing. Celebrating its 16th year on an international scale, FuelTech USA started in 2015 and has already shown impressive growth, offering innovative products that have been praised for their painless installation. The FT series ECU’s built-in interface allows the user to have full control of the engine without the use of a PC, allowing for extreme convenience.