MOORESVILLE, NC — After a very successful year in 2018, Modern Racing, the venture formed by championship-winning tuner and motorsports electronics expert Justin Elkes, continues to expand its footprint in the drag racing industry heading into 2019.
Headlining the expanding footprint is a strategic alliance between Modern Racing and the powerhouse team of Elite Motorsports. During last week’s Performance Racing Industry (PRI) trade show in Indianapolis, Elite Motorsports announced that it will campaign three Pro Mod cars driven by two-time Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders, rising star Alex Laughlin and Aeromotive Fuel Systems founder Steve Matusek for the full 2019 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service season. Elite Motorsports and Richard Freeman have retained the services of Modern Racing to facilitate the operation, aid in tuning and handle the construction and assembly of the three turbocharged entries, which include two 5th-generation Camaros piloted by Enders and Laughlin, and one 2013 Mustang driven by Matusek.
MOORESVILLE, NC — Modern Racing, the venture formed by championship-winning tuner and motorsports electronics expert Justin Elkes, guided Danny Sauro to his career-first Pro Nitrous win in stunning fashion during the PDRA Fall Nationals at Darlington Dragway on October 6.
Sauro qualified the Tischer Auto Group ’69 Camaro in the #2 position with a 3.686 at 203.71 MPH, both career bests at the time and the best qualifying effort of his career, then marched through eliminations before defeating defending Pro Nitrous world champion Tommy Franklin in the final round while resetting the national elapsed time record at 3.652 seconds.
The entire Sauro Racing operation is housed, maintained, prepared, and tuned by Modern Racing in Mooresville, NC, with Elkes serving as crew chief at the track. The team has made incredible strides over the course of the past two seasons. Sauro only acquired his Pro Modified license in 2017, when he moved up from the Super Gas ranks.
MOORESVILLE, NC — Modern Racing, the new venture formed by championship-winning tuner and motorsports electronics expert Justin Elkes, continues to expand its capabilities with the addition of prominent chassis builder Todd Bevis to the team.
Bevis, a native of Tyler, TX, who now resides in Mooresville, brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience gained during more than 35 years in the racing industry. After a successful stint at Jerry Haas Race Cars, Bevis eventually teamed with Victor Cagnazzi at Cagnazzi Racing, where he built and tuned winning NHRA Pro Stock chassis for the likes of Erica Enders-Stevens, Dave Connolly, and Jeg Coughlin, Jr.
“I met Todd when I was working as the crew chief at Gray Motorsports,” Elkes explained. “Gray Motorsports and Cagnazzi Racing merged, and Todd was the head of Cagnazzi’s chassis shop. Right away we were a great fit, so I jumped at the opportunity to bring Todd in-house at Modern Racing to provide a full range of chassis and fabrication services.
MOORESVILLE, NC — The last time the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series visited zMAX Dragway near Charlotte, NC, Modern Racing clients swept the uber-competitive doorslammer categories of Pro Stock and Pro Modified. The series returns to Modern Racing’s hometown facility for this weekend’s NHRA Carolina Nationals, presenting another opportunity for Pro Stock standout Chris McGaha and Pro Modified championship frontrunner Mike Castellana to score critical victories.
After slotting into the tenth and final position for the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship, McGaha is looking for a strong start to the playoffs in his Harlow Sammons Chevrolet Camaro. Meanwhile, Castellana aims to maintain the level of performance that has carried his Frank Manzo-tuned Al-Anabi Performance Camaro to the top of the J&A Service Pro Modified championship points standings. With just three races remaining in the Pro Mod season, a strong performance could put the championship out of reach for Castellana’s challengers.
MOORESVILLE, NC — Just a few weeks after launching Modern Racing, a new venture designed to provide a multitude of products and services for the motorsports industry, Justin Elkes is excited to make an impact at “the world’s biggest drag race,” the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
Elkes will continue his tuning duties for 2016 U.S. Nationals Pro Stock champion Chris McGaha and his Harlow Sammons Camaro, as well as continuing to work with Frank Manzo on Mike Castellana’s supercharged Al-Anabi Performance Pro Mod Camaro. Deric Kramer has raced a partial schedule in 2017 with his American Ethanol Pro Stock Dart, and he’ll call on Elkes once again for tuning consultation at Indy.
MOORESVILLE, NC — Justin Elkes has always been ahead of the curve. From his early work at Wilson Manifolds developing cutting edge components to becoming the youngest crew chief in the NHRA Pro Stock pits, Elkes remains at the forefront when it comes to the development and application of new motorsports technology.
To better serve a growing client base across all forms of motorsports, Elkes has launched Modern Racing. Located in Mooresville, NC, known as “Race City USA,” Modern Racing was created with the mission to be the best source for purchasing high-quality electronics and data acquisition components made by Racepak, MoTeC, and more. By also offering tuning, consulting, data acquisition analysis, wiring, fabrication, machining, and complete racing operation housing and management, Modern Racing is a one-stop-shop.