PITTSBORO, NC – The 2013 Pro Nitrous World Champion, Steve Jackson, is returning to competition in 2015 and is hungry to defend his 2013 title. After a wild ride to the 2013 Championship and a trip to race with the Arabian Drag Racing League during the offseason, Jackson was handed a rude awakening, when he, along with several other high-profile teams, were suddenly dropped from Al-Anabi sponsorship. This sidelined Jackson for much of the 2014 season, prohibiting him from defending his hard earned title.
“It killed me at first,” Jackson said of not being able to defend his title. “The whole 2013 season was kind of a blur. It was really thrown together. Even to be able to win that Championship was tough. I had all knowledge and thoughts that we were coming back to run in 2014. At the last minute our sponsorship and funding got pulled. So it took me a couple of months to even get started putting a new deal together. I was pretty fired up. Disappointed is not the word. Pissed off is. But it’s kinda the way of the world.”
Heather Capano to Compete in PDRA Top Dragster in 2015
PITTSBORO, NC – Gerry Capano has steadily worked his way through the paces of doorslammer racing to reach the height, thus far, of his career in PDRA Pro Boost and NHRA Pro Mod. He began in 1995 in a local outlaw series in the Pro Street division. In 2010 he was crowned the NEOPM Rookie of the Year and in 2014 he earned a very respectable eighth place finish in PDRA Pro Boost.
Standing faithfully behind Gerry for many years was wife, Heather, who acts as Team Manager and takes care of duties that range from head chef to back up girl and car maintenance between rounds. Although Heather has become fairly well known herself for her various roles, she’s soon to make another name for herself as driver. This season she will make her debut in PDRA Top Dragster.
Heather, a hair stylist by trade, earned her competition Top Dragster license in August of 2014, during the same weekend her son Gianni earned his Junior Dragster license. Gianni began racing right away, finishing out the 2014 season. For 2015, all three Capanos are planning to be competitive drivers with the PDRA, truly living up to their Fast Family status.
PITTSBORO, NC – This past weekend the PDRA’s own Bob Harris joined an elite group of North Carolina Drag Racing persona. He was chosen for induction into the North Carolina Drag Racing Hall of Fame. Harris joined the likes of Roy Hill, Doug Herbert, Buddy Martin, Sox and Martin, Rickie Smith, Charles Carpenter and other NC Drag Racing Hall of Famers during a ceremony at the Greensboro Coliseum on Saturday, February 21.
A North Carolinian by birth, Harris was raised in Pittsboro, NC and began racing as soon as he was legally able at the age of 16. A testament to how times have changed, Harris states he got into it for the money. He worked his way through the ranks for the next 13 years, challenging competitors in IHRA Hot Rod, Quick Rod and Top Sportsman and NHRA Super Comp. The Harris name soon became one to be feared by the helmet in the other lane. In 1988 Harris participated in a Budweiser/Chevrolet Series at Maryland International Raceway. Winning an event in the series gave racers the opportunity to vie for a Corvette at the final event of the year. The young Harris qualified himself for the event and went on to take home that Corvette. A year later he sold the Corvette to make an addition onto his house, a room known as the ‘Corvette Room’ where a picture of his trophy car is still proudly displayed on the wall.
PITTSBORO, NC – Following the recent announcement that Pro Outlaw 10.5 will be contested at two PDRA events in 2015, DiSomma Racing Engines has committed to sponsoring the class at both the North-South Shootout in Maryland and PDRA Finals in Virginia. The experts at DiSomma Racing Engines (DRE) build engines for turbo, nitrous, blower and naturally aspirated applications. They also build custom engines for specific classes such as Outlaw 10.5 and X275 Drag Radial.
Anthony DiSomma, head mastermind at DRE, explains that sponsoring the Pro Outlaw 10.5 class was a no brainer for him. “The PDRA is a good sanctioning body. It’s going to go places. They have good people running it who are actually racers. So I think it’s good for publicity for the 10.5 class and for DRE. We’ve built a lot of record-setting 10.5 engines and radial engines and Pro Boost engines. We currently hold the record in Pro Boost for mile an hour, as well as records in Qatar, Bahrain and in Super Street.”
PITTSBORO, NC – The Professional Drag Racers Association is excited to announce that Pro Outlaw 10.5 will be contested at both the North-South Shootout at Maryland International Raceway, July 16-18, and at the PDRA Finals at Virginia Motorsports Park, October 22-24. These two events will also act as official points events for the Mickey Thompson Tires Outlaw 10.5 National Championship Series. The PDRA Finals at VMP will be the final event for the Outlaw 10.5 Series, where the Outlaw 10.5 National Champion will be crowned along with champions in all other PDRA categories.
“We’re very excited to have the Outlaw 10.5 Series join us at two events this year,” stated PDRA Race Director Bob Harris. “It’s a class that’s fun to watch and has gotten more competitive in recent years. Jerry Morgano [Outlaw 10.5 Series Director] and the guys at Cecil County Dragway, have done a good job of bringing credibility and organization to the class once again through the Mickey Thompson Tires Outlaw 10.5 Series. I’m glad to see the class gaining resurgence and happy to make them a part of the PDRA show at Maryland and Virginia.”
PITTSBORO, NC – With Cody and Cale Crispe managing the 660 ft stage where PDRA racers come to do their own unique brand of volatile entertainment, competitors breathe a little easier. The “Traction Twins,” as they are better known, bring a level of comfort and confidence to PDRA drivers and teams. The Twins’ expert track prep and watchful eyes ensure that the 200+ MPH machines of the PDRA have the safest racing surface possible on which to compete. Not just for safety, tracks prepared by the Traction Twins are sure to withstand anything the cars and bikes can throw at them.
It was imperative to PDRA management to have the Traction Twins join the team in their inaugural season. The growing organization is proud to announce that the Crispe brothers will be back with the PDRA for the 2015 season, as well.
Located in Ball Ground, Georgia, Pro Line Racing has, since its inception in 2005, earned a worldwide reputation for building the most potent twin-turbo powerplants in all of drag racing. With PLR power under the hood numerous racers have shattered long-standing performance records and earned prestigious wins and championships.