PITTSBORO, NC – MagnaFuel Top Sportsman has regularly produced the largest fields in the PDRA, garnering up to 100 participants at a single event. The Pro Mod spinoff has continued to grow in prestige through the PDRA. MagnaFuel, a leader in high performance fuel systems, will back Top Sportsman again in 2018.
Since 1995, MagnaFuel has designed and manufactured premium high-performance fuel systems, which the company continues to develop working with professional racers. MagnaFuel is able to deliver high-end features and race-proven durability in a system that’s affordable to all racers, street to pro. MagnaFuel tests every pump and regulator for pressure and volume.
“We are fortunate in being able to continue to be apart of such a rapidly growing class,” stated Robbie Ward, President of MagnaFuel. “Many of the event winners and class champions have been great and loyal customers of MagnaFuel.”
PITTSBORO, NC – After the huge success of the pilot program for Top Sportsman in 2017, the PDRA opened Lucas Oil Top Dragster up to include both Elite Top Dragster and the Top Dragster 32 category. Lucas Oil Top Dragster has been well supported by racers across the country and this program will allow the field to grow without sacrificing the performance and integrity of the category.
Lucas Oil will usher Top Dragster into this new era, continuing their multi-year backing of the class. Lucas Oil is known for their unmatched support in motorsports, going above and beyond to support teams, series and events, continually pushing the industry forward. It’s fitting, then, that Lucas Oil will be the name that takes Top Dragster into its next phase.
PITTSBORO, NC – The Professional Drag Racers Association is proud to announce the 2018 contingency postings for all categories. There is over $120,000 available to PDRA racers this season. Twenty-nine of the industry’s top companies have backed the PDRA and its racers to reward winners, runner up finishers and low qualifiers throughout the season with cash, gift certificates and product.
“We’re extremely excited to have all of these great companies on board this season,” stated PDRA Marketing Director, Will Smith. “These companies value racers and prioritize giving back to their customers. We’re grateful they’ve partnered with us and support PDRA and our racers.”
In the best season yet for PDRA contingency, all classes have the opportunity to take home extra money on top of their winnings. In addition to the faithful partners returning to the PDRA, FTI Performance, Goodyear, and MAHLE Performance join the growing list of PDRA contingency partners this season. Many companies also expanded their support, paying out to more classes in 2018 than in previous seasons.
PITTSBORO, NC – Stand 21 makes the highest quality, made-to-order safety gear for motorsports genres worldwide. The company’s 48 year history has built a reputation of quality in their base of France and abroad. Nearly a decade ago, top drag race teams recognized the need for higher quality safety gear and reached out to Stand 21 founder Yves Morizot requesting a drag racing-specific line. The company responded with unsurpassed head-to-toe driver coverage now chosen by names such as Steve Torrence, Doug Kalitta, Larry Dixon, Cruz Pedregon, Alexis DeJoria, and Jonnie Lindberg, among others.
The PDRA is proud to welcome Stand 21 as the Official Safety Equipment Partner of the PDRA. “Stand 21 builds a custom product that is going to increase our drivers’ safety,” stated PDRA Marketing Director, Will Smith. “Their commitment to safety is a huge asset to our sport and the PDRA specifically. We’re thrilled to partner with them this season and hope additional PDRA drivers will learn about the difference of Stand 21.”
PITTSBORO, NC – There’s no arguing that the creation of junior dragsters has greatly increased participation in the sport, providing an easy entry and often growing into either a serious hobby or a lifetime profession. Some of today’s top drivers got their start in the junior ranks. Despite their inherent value for the future of the sport, the classes can often get overlooked. For Joe and Betty Edwards of Door Slammers Plus, quite the opposite is true. The couple believe strongly in junior dragster racers, supporting the PDRA Top and Pro Junior Dragster classes in impactful ways.
“Juniors are our next Pro Mod drivers,” emphasized Betty Edwards. “We need to support them because they’re the future of our sport. They work just as hard. They put their heart and soul into it, too. They’re just like anyone else; they want to win. It takes a lot for these kids to go to school and keep up with that and come out and do this, too.”
PITTSBORO, NC – The upcoming season of Drag 965 Pro Extreme Motorcycle will arguably be the most exciting in class history. For the first time, turbocharged applications will compete alongside the nitrous mainstays. Primary backer for the class, Drag 965, will usher PXM into this new era, continuing their multi-year sponsorship of the class.
Drag 965 will also back PXM teams like reigning champ, Travis Davis. The organization, led by Sheikh Mohammad Khaled Al-Sabah, has done a lot of good in the sport, backing teams, classes and series purely for the love of drag racing.
When the first event, the PDRA East Coast Spring Nationals, kicks off at GALOT Motorsports Park in April, turbocharged bikes will compete in Drag 965 Pro Extreme Motorcycle for the first time. Although there is some expected controversy over adding a new powersource, the PDRA looks for this to strengthen the class, bring in new competitors, and provide an added level of competition. Davis said his own father may run a turbo bike at select events this season. A host of other teams have expressed interest in bringing their turbos to PXM.
Top Sportsman 32 will enter its second season this year. This will be the first season for Top Dragster 32. Since the PDRA’s inception, TS and TD have grown in number of entries to allow for these ‘32’ classes. If 42 or more entries in TS or TD make a qualifying pass, the class is split into Elite 16 and a second 32 car field. Both the 32 classes and the Elite 16 classes will crown world champions and now the payout will be the same up to the runner up finishers.