FREDERICKSBURG, VA – The Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) continues to develop its 2019 leadership team, as the series announced today the addition of Lonnie Grim as the competition & technical director and promotion of Paul Cartwright to assistant event director.
“I am extremely excited for the PDRA series and its racers to have two high-class professionals like Lonnie and Paul involved in such a way for 2019 and beyond,” said Tyler Crossnoe, race director, PDRA. “With their work ethic and attention to detail, it’s going to be a great year for the PDRA and we look forward to debuting even more news in the coming days and weeks.”
Grim brings to the table his broad knowledge base developed over years as a drag racer and in various roles that involve developing and enforcing rules. He’s previously worked with Street Outlaws No Prep Kings, Holley LSFest, Outlaw Street Car Reunion, HOT ROD Engine Masters Challenge and NMCA/NMRA.
“I look forward this next chapter and becoming a part of the PDRA family,” said Grim. “I feel very blessed that companies call me to be involved with their events, whether it’s a once-a-year destination event or a traveling series. All the information from those past events, plus my experience as a racer, gives me a solid foundation and vast knowledge base across the board. I’m looking forward to using that knowledge to help the PDRA continue to grow.”
FREDERICKSBURG, VA – The Northern Nationals, the fifth race on the eight-race 2019 Professional Drag Racers
Association (PDRA) Tour, will be presented by Callies Performance Products, PDRA officials announced today. The inaugural PDRA Northern Nationals presented by Callies Performance Products will take place July 18-20 at Dragway 42 in West Salem, Ohio.
“It’s exciting for us to enter a new market, northern Ohio, with the support of Callies Performance Products,” said Will Smith, marketing director, PDRA. “Callies is a new PDRA sponsor for the 2019 season and we couldn’t be more pleased to have them on board as the presenting sponsor of the Northern Nationals.”
Located in Fostoria, Ohio, Callies Performance Products designs and manufacturers a wide-ranging line of engine components, including crankshafts, connecting rods and camshafts. Callies products are used by a number of teams across the PDRA’s professional and sportsman categories, especially the highly competitive Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous.
“I’m very honored, excited and humbled all in one,” said Fowler. “We’re just a small family team, so to be chosen by NGK to help represent their brand in the motorsports world is humbling and we’re honored. Not to mention it’s a great product on top of that.”
“We are excited to be affiliated with PnL Motorsports and enthusiastically welcome Jamie to our racing family,” said Danielle Orlando, General Marketing Manager, NGK Spark Plugs. “His positive mindset and never-quit attitude is intrinsically aligned with our NGK beliefs and culture. We look forward to supporting Jamie in his drive to pursue his racing dreams.”
Driving his Tommy Mauney-built, Fulton-powered ’63 Corvette, Fowler finished fifth in the PDRA’s 2018 MagnaFuel Top Sportsman 32 championship points standings. He attended all but one of the eight races on the PDRA schedule, racing to a semifinal finish at the season-opening East Coast Spring Nationals. The former competitive bodybuilder was also honored with the “Spirit of the PDRA” award at the PDRA Awards Banquet in December.
FREDERICKSBURG, VA – Race Star Wheels, manufacturers of high performance alloy drag-style wheels, has been named the Official Wheel of the Professional Drag Racers Association, PDRA officials announced today.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Race Star Wheels to the PDRA family as the Official Wheel of the PDRA,” said Will Smith, marketing director, PDRA. “Race Star Industries is the first wheel company to partner with the PDRA, and we’re grateful for their support of our 2019 season.”
“We’re really looking forward to working with the PDRA and its racers this year,” said Greg Bennett, national sales manager, Race Star Pro Series. “We really appreciate the fast doorslammer guys and we want to make sure they’re supported. I like everything about the PDRA and its family atmosphere. We’re excited about this partnership and supporting the PDRA as much as we’re sure they’ll support us.”
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.
Jason Harris takes Musi power to Championship victory
PITTSBORO, NC – The 2018 Flatout Gaskets Nitrous Wars is one for the history books. Although a quick look at the 2018 season Pro Nitrous pole setters shows incredible parity in the class, all but one of those drivers relies on Musi Racing Engines power. When it was all said and done after Virginia, a Musi driver was on top of the pack seven out of eight events, with Jay Cox giving Buck Racing Engines one lone #1 qualifier award at the second tour stop.
The incredible part of the Flatout Gaskets Nitrous Wars dynamic is that only one driver was able to repeat the pole position all year. Tommy Franklin topped Pro Nitrous qualifying at the season opener and then again at the Drag Wars. Other #1 qualifying awards in the first half of the season went to Musi customers Jason Harris and Randy Weatherford.
At the PDRA Fall Nationals at Darlington Dragway, Lizzy Musi went to the top with her 3.677 effort at an incredible 207.28 MPH, becoming the first female of 2018 to hold bragging rights with the coveted Nitrous Bottle Trophy.
DINWIDDIE, VA – The 2018 Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) season came to a dramatic close Monday afternoon as world champions were crowned and world records were broken at the 4th annual Brian Olson Memorial PDRA World Finals at Virginia Motorsports Park.
Event champions were also decided at the weather-delayed conclusion to the season finale. The PDRA 660 Man trophies in the professional classes went to Jason Harris in Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous presented by MoTeC, Melanie Salemi in Moroso Pro Boost, Chris Powers in Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock, and Paul Gast in Drag 965 Pro Extreme Motorcycle. The remaining competitors in East Side Auto Transport Pro Outlaw 632 split the purse after first round Saturday night. Ken Quartuccio Jr. earned the Atomizer Racing Injectors Outlaw 10.5 victory.
The World Finals victors in the PDRA’s sportsman categories were John Prime in MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman, William Brown III in Top Sportsman 32, Chaz Silance in Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragser, and David Batchelor in Top Dragster 32. Jonathan Edwards picked up the win over Al Burkett in Edelbrock Bracket Bash.