FREDERICKSBURG, VA – $hameless Racing, a Pro Outlaw 632 team led by driver Wes Distefano, will serve as the class sponsor for the Professional Drag Racers Association’s (PDRA) Pro Outlaw 632 class, series officials announced today.
Pro Outlaw 632 is a big-tire doorslammer class allowing naturally aspirated and nitrous-assisted combinations.
“Wes and his family are always a pleasure to work with,” said Will Smith, marketing director, PDRA. “Wes is a major proponent of the PDRA as a series and Pro Outlaw 632 as a series, so it was no surprise when he came to us and wanted to get involved in a bigger way as the sponsor of the class.”
Based in Waterford, Michigan, $hameless Racing is a Pro Outlaw 632 team led by Wes Distefano, who drives the team’s Musi-powered ’68 Camaro. The team joined the PDRA in 2019 and quickly showed support for the series, signing on as the presenting sponsor of the final two races of the season. Continue reading
FREDERICKSBURG, VA – ProCharger, an industry-leading manufacturer of centrifugal superchargers, has signed on as the presenting sponsor of the Professional Drag Racers Association’s (PDRA) sixth of eight races on the 2020 No Warning Labels Tour. The 2020 PDRA Fall Nationals presented by ProCharger will take place Sept. 10-12 at Darlington Dragway in Hartsville, S.C.
As a part of their 2020 marketing partnership, ProCharger is also a new contingency sponsor with the PDRA, offering contingency support to racers in eligible classes at all eight races. The eligible classes are Penske Racing Shocks/Precision Racing Suspension Pro Boost presented by WS Construction, MagnaFuel Top Sportsman, Lucas Oil Top Dragster, and the PDRA’s new class, Pro Street.
“ProCharger and its racers made big waves in the PDRA pond last season,” said Will Smith, marketing director, PDRA. “ProCharger was involved with a few of our top drivers in 2019, and we’re thrilled to see them step up their involvement with the PDRA as an event presenting sponsor and new contingency sponsor.”
FREDERICKSBURG, VA – WS Construction, a construction firm specializing in pre-engineered steel buildings and erection service, has signed on as the presenting sponsor of the Professional Drag Racers Association’s Pro Boost class, series officials announced today. WS Construction joins the class’ title sponsors, Penske Racing Shocks and Precision Racing Suspension.
“[WS Construction President] Randy Weatherford has always supported PDRA as a racer,” said Will Smith, marketing director, PDRA. “Now, it means a lot to everyone at the PDRA to have his support as the presenting sponsor of our quickest and fastest class, Pro Boost.”
WS Construction was founded in 1988 and currently operates out of Danville, Virginia. The company is involved in projects throughout Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia and Tennessee. Benefits of WS Construction’s pre-engineering buildings include faster occupancy, highly competitive costs, energy efficiency and easy expandability.
OAKDALE, NY – Johnny Pluchino, a second-generation Mountain Motor Pro Stock (MMPS) driver, announced today his plans to run a combination of NHRA Mountain Motor Pro Stock races and PDRA Extreme Pro Stock events this season. The 29-year-old recently renewed his partnership with Strutmasters.com to serve as the primary sponsor on the 2013 Ford Mustang owned by his father, 2016 PDRA Extreme Pro Stock world champion John Pluchino.
“I couldn’t be happier to extend my partnership with Chip Lofton and Strutmasters.com,” said Pluchino. “I really want to get them a couple Wallys this year. We also have the continued support of Jon Kaase Racing Engines, Ram Clutches, Book Racing Carbs and Precision Racing Suspension. We have two new partners this year that we’re excited to work with, Hoosier Racing Tires and NGK Spark Plugs.”
Pluchino’s 2020 schedule is made up of five of the six races on the NHRA Mountain Motor Pro Stock schedule, plus a selection of events on the to-be-announced PDRA Extreme Pro Stock schedule. Pluchino will run the NHRA races in Charlotte (spring race), Richmond, Chicago, Brainerd and St. Louis.
COLUMBIA, SC – Jamie Fowler, a PDRA Elite Top Sportsman driver who was robbed at gunpoint during an offseason engine sale, announced today he will make his 2020 return with continued support from NGK Spark Plugs and a new partnership with LAT Racing Oils. The South Carolina native will compete in PDRA Elite Top Sportsman and the Carolina Xtreme Pro Mod series at Darlington Dragway.
Fowler and two team members were held up at gunpoint in November 2019 when they were meeting with someone who pretended to be a racer wanting to buy Fowler’s engine, transmission and torque converter. A group of five thieves made off with the goods, worth an estimated $50,000, putting a serious dent in Fowler’s plans for the 2020 season.
“We have some real challenges ahead of us as we work to rebuild,” Fowler said, “which makes the support from NGK Spark Plugs, LAT Racing Oils and Gopher Utility Services mean that much more. To still have companies of this caliber willing to stand by and support us on our timeline to get back out there is truly amazing and humbling.”
FREDERICKSBURG, VA – Modern Racing, a one-stop-shop for motorsports electronics, wiring and fabrication services, will continue its role as the presenting sponsor of the second race on the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) 2020 No Warning Labels Tour. The 2020 PDRA Mid-Atlantic Showdown presented by Modern Racing will take place May 7-9 at Virginia Motorsports Park in Dinwiddie, Va.
“Modern Racing is a true partner of the PDRA in every sense of the term,” said Will Smith, marketing director, PDRA. “[Modern Racing founder] Justin Elkes and his team have been attending PDRA races as tuners and technical advisers since the beginning of the series, then Modern Racing joined on as a midway vendor providing support and service for our racers. Their continued role as the presenting sponsor of the Mid-Atlantic Showdown really adds to their presence with the PDRA.”
Originally formed as a solo venture by Elkes in 2006, Modern Racing is now a full-service motorsports electronics, wiring and fabrication shop located in Mooresville, N.C. Modern Racing stocks a variety of products from industry-leading manufacturers and has a staff of talented fabricators and wiring and electronics experts able to provide service at Modern’s multi-bay facility in Mooresville.
FREDERICKSBURG, VA – FuelTech, an international company specializing in innovative engine management systems, has renewed as the presenting sponsor of the Professional Drag Racers Association’s (PDRA) season-opening race on the 2020 No Warning Labels Tour. The 2020 PDRA East Coast Nationals presented by FuelTech will take place April 2-4 at GALOT Motorsports Park in Benson, N.C.
“We’re thrilled to welcome back FuelTech as the presenting sponsor of our season-opening East Coast Nationals,” said Will Smith, marketing director, PDRA. “FuelTech was the first company to sign on as an event presenting sponsor last season, and it’s great to have their continued support. A lot of our racers have joined the FuelTech movement and it shows in their performance.”
FuelTech has been an industry leader and a go-to company for drivers in classes across drag racing. Celebrating its 17th 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.