NHRA celebrates 50 years of Pro Stock in 2020. Turning 50 and having 50 Pro Stock wins to his name, Jason Line feels the numbers add up just right for retiring from behind the wheel of the Summit Racing Pro Stock Camaro. The three-time NHRA Pro Stock champion has dubbed this final season of driving for Ken Black Racing The Finish Line Tour.
Line will channel his fierce drive to win into building and tuning Pro Stock and Sportsman-class race engines at the Ken Black Racing shop in Mooresville, North Carolina.
“It’s been a good run, and I’ve really enjoyed driving a Pro Stock car for Ken Black and Summit Racing,” Line said. “I’m not leaving Pro Stock—I’m just going to be working for wins for KB Racing from a different kind of seat.”
“We are very grateful to Jason for all of his contributions as a Summit Racing Pro Stock driver,” said Summit Racing President and CEO Scott Peterson. “He is a great driver and we’ll miss cheering for him as one of the faces of Team Summit.”
YORBA LINDA, CA — Chevrolet will auction the 2020 COPO Camaro John Force edition at the 49th Barrett Jackson Scottsdale Auction this weekend. Proceeds from the sale will benefit DonorsChoose.org, whose mission is to help classrooms in need so students in every community have the tools and experiences they need for a great education.
“John Force is one of the most legendary drag racers in history – and his legend started with Chevrolet,” said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance and Motorsports. “We are proud to partner with him on this one-of-a-kind COPO Camaro and are excited to see what it will do on the auction block for charity.”
The John Force COPO is distinctly styled, with a black-and-silver paint scheme and signature exterior graphics, including a ghosted American flag on the hood. The interior has also been inspired by the 16-time National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Funny Car champion. The racetrack-ready car also features a unique “2020COPO-FORCE” identification plaque.
DELAWARE, OH – High-performance parts giant JEGS.com has entered an agreement to become the title sponsor of Kyle Riley’s wildly successful SFG series of high-dollar bracket races. The sponsorship gives JEGS.com title rights to three of the four scheduled races in 2020 and presenting sponsorship rights to the fourth event.
Additionally, JEGS is sponsoring the live video feed of each race, bringing all the on-track action to the Internet each day via MotorManiaTV.com.
With a combined purse of more than $3M this year, the JEGS SFG 500, JEGS SFG $1.1 Million, JEGS SFG Superbowl of Bracket Racing and the FTI SFG 350 presented by JEGS are guaranteed to bring the top drag racers from across the country.
BROWNSBURG, IN – The Funny Car driven by Tommy Johnson Jr. will sport a new, yet familiar, look the next time it hits the dragstrip. Throughout the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, Johnson will represent The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, one of the world’s most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention, by campaigning the MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.
Thanks to Doug Chandler, Don Schumacher Racing will continue the tradition of fielding ‘giving cars’ for the seventh consecutive year in 2020. The giving car program, which enables a non-profit to be recognized through a dedicated tribute livery at no cost to the organization, was started in 2014 by Chandler’s late wife, philanthropist and longtime friend of DSR, Terry Chandler.
Following Terry’s passing in July 2017, Chandler opted to continue his wife’s legacy by personally funding the 11,000-horsepower machines piloted by Johnson and his Funny Car teammate, Jack Beckman.
YORBA LINDA, CA — Reigning three-time Funny Car World Champion and driver of the AAA Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car, Robert Hight will make a special appearance at the annual Saint Louis Auto Show taking place Jan. 23-26.
Hight, who held the points lead for all but one race in 2019 and is the 2020 championship frontrunner, will be at the AAA Missouri booth on the afternoon of Saturday, Jan. 25th to spend time with the loyal fans of St. Louis who last had the chance to see him at the AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals held at World Wide Technology Raceway.
“I always say it’s great to get back to St. Louis for the Saint Louis Auto Show, because it’s the first event that really gets me back into race mode. After a long winter of working closely with John to set things up for the next season and wrap up business from 2019, getting to interact with race fans at the AAA Missouri booth is something I look forward to. It also means testing and then the start to the NHRA season is right around the corner,” Hight said.
AAA Missouri will share a display with World Wide Technology Raceway, giving race fans and AAA customers the perfect opportunity to interact with Hight and learn about all the upcoming events the track will be hosting including the 2020 AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals taking place this year Oct. 2-4.
DELAWARE, OH – From the humblest of beginnings 60 years ago, to the worldwide high-performance parts powerhouse it has become, JEGS Automotive will be celebrating its sixth decade in business this year with a variety of themed racecars competing on the NHRA drag racing circuit.
Hall of Fame member Jeg Coughlin Sr. could have hardly imagined the success his small speed shop would obtain when he started it all in a non-descript little building on 11th Avenue in downtown Columbus. He was just a young kid at the time, thrilled by all things hot rodding, and his singular idea of making his car faster with better parts quickly blossomed into helping others achieve the same goal. As the only supplier in the region, and with his willingness to share, JEGS quickly became the go-to place for local racers.
“Dad has always been the best teacher I’ve ever known,” said John Coughlin, the oldest of four brothers that now own and operate the family business. “He is an exceptional father and a wonderful businessman and counsel and although he likes to give credit to everyone else, without him none of this would be possible.
RedTide Canopies become the Official Canopy Provider of IHRA
Located in Salt Lake City, Utah, RedTide Canopies is the premier custom canopy and large format outdoor printing provider in the United States. RedTide Canopies is made by racers, for racers.
“We appreciate the opportunity to partner with Joshua Minson and the RedTide Canopies team,” said Dana Landry, senior director of corporate partnerships, IRG Sports + Entertainment. “They produce quality products that our IHRA racers and member tracks will utilize.”
RedTide Canopies is offering IHRA members a 20% discount on all product purchases by using code “IHRA2020” at checkout.