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California Natives Beckman, Capps and Pritchett Raise Funds for Communities Affected by Woolsey and Camp Fires

BROWNSBURG, IN – California natives Jack Beckman, Ron Capps and Leah Pritchett watched in horror as their state suffered tremendous devastation due to the Camp and Woolsey Fires that consumed large portions of Northern and Southern California last month. Not ones to sit idly by, the three Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) drivers with California roots felt compelled to take action and provide support for their home state.

Beckman, Capps and Pritchett have assembled items to be auctioned off via DSR’s eBay page, with all proceeds benefiting Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid organization whose mission is to improve the lives and health of people affected by poverty, or emergencies such as the California wildfires. The auction will go live at 6:00 p.m. EST tonight, December 11, and will close at 6:00 p.m. EST on December 18, ensuring the winning bidders will receive their items in time for the Christmas holiday.

Up for auction are autographed crew shirts from all 11 of Pritchett’s 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series entries. Beckman has crafted a 2019 Jack Beckman VIP race experience package, while Capps hopes to raise funds for the affected communities by donating NAPA Racing crew shirts from his four 2018 liveries.

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THREE INDUCTED INTO NHRA NORTH CENTRAL DIVISION HALL OF FAME

INDIANAPOLIS – Travis Miller, a veteran NHRA technical inspector, former Division Director Jay Hullinger and the late Leo Taugher a national and divisional announcer were inducted into the National Hot Rod Association’s North Central Division Hall of Fame during their annual awards banquet (Saturday, December 8) held at the Indianapolis Wyndham West.

Miller from Louisville, Ky. started drag racing at Bullitt Dragway in 1964 and later became a technical inspector at Ohio Valley Raceway in Valley Station in 1970.  He joined the NHRA certification team in 1985 and continues to serve as an NHRA chassis and technical inspector.

Hullinger grew up at the family’s owned Bunker Hill Drag Strip, which his father opened in 1956 as Indiana’s first drag strip.  He served as NHRA North Central Division Director from 1987 to 2017 overseeing NHRA drag racing in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and western Ontario, Canada.

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Summit Motorsports Park Named NHRA North Central Division Track of the Year

Norwalk, OH – Summit Motorsports Park was named NHRA North Central Division Track of the Year during the NHRA North Central Division Land of the Winners Awards Banquet, Dec. 8, 2018, at the Wyndham Indianapolis West.

This marks the ninth time the beloved track has received the award at the festive event which honors Division 3 champions in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Jr. Drag Racing League and other series.

Summit Motorsports Park, which underwent a $1.6 million track reconstruction project early this year, is fresh off a stellar season which saw record-setting racing, record-setting attendance and riveting entertainment. Planning is already underway for next year, which spools up with the 38th Annual Spring Warm-Up on April 13-14 and is followed by the 13th Annual Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser, an NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, May 17-19.

“We feel extremely honored to have again been named NHRA North Central Division Track of the Year,” said Bill Bader Jr., Summit Motorsports Park president. “With recognition comes responsibility, and we stand committed to delivering the very best guest experience possible.”

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VP Racing Fuels Stay Frosty™ Wins 2019 PRI Global Media Award

San Antonio, TX – VP Racing Fuels, recognized around the world for performance fuels and chemicals, was awarded the coveted PRI Global Media Award for its new STAY FROSTY™ Race Ready Coolant.

Motorsports journalists from the United Kingdom and Canada, tasked with identifying and discovering what new products are likely to succeed in their home countries, selected STAY FROSTY.

“The journalists that make up the PRI Global panel are highly respected,” said Bruce Hendel, VP’s Vice President, North America Sales – Race Fuels & Consumer Products. “Their opinions really matter because they know their markets. With the help of this endorsement there’s an even stronger probability STAY FROSTY will do well in North America and overseas. With the extensive distribution network we have in place it will be very easy for racers and enthusiasts to keep cool and STAY FROSTY when it counts.”

The PRI Global Media Award is the second prestigious award VP and STAY FROSTY have received for 2019. In November, the Specialty Equipment Manufacturer’s Association panel of international media voted STAY FROSTY one of the best new products at the SEMA Show.

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Elite Motorsports, Justin Elkes’ Modern Racing Form Strategic Alliance for 2019 Season

WYNNEWOOD, OK – Signaling a further progression in their growing Pro Mod operation, Pro Stock and sportsman racing powerhouse Elite Motorsports announced today it has formed a strategic alliance with Modern Racing and its founder, noted tuner guru Justin Elkes.

Elite Motorsports will campaign three Pro Mod cars driven by Erica Enders, Alex Laughlin and Steve Matusek for the full 2019 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service season and Modern Racing will help oversee that transition. Elkes’ Modern Racing, whose expertise and track record is well knowing within the industry, will help facilitate the operation, aid in tuning and handle the construction and assembly of the three turbocharged entries, which include two Camaros and one Mustang, which will be driven by Matusek.

“Justin fits really well with our group and it’s kind of a magic deal for us,” said Richard Freeman, Founder, Elite Motorsports. “I’ve known Justin for a long time, and he’s just methodical in what he does and thinks outside the box. We have some really good people on our team and when you add Justin to that mix and you have magic. It’s going to be a really great addition to our program.”

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Matusek Joins Forces with Elite Motorsports to Field Turbocharged Mustang in 2019 NHRA Pro Mod Campaign

INDIANAPOLIS – It will come full circle for Pro Mod driver Steve Matusek in 2019.  The veteran standout announced today he will drive a twin-turbo Ford Mustang for Elite Motorsports in 2019, joining Elite’s burgeoning Pro Mod operation that will also feature Erica Enders and Alex Laughlin for the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service season.

It’s a return to Matusek’s beginnings, not only for Pro Mod but also in drag racing and it’s an opportunity to drive a Mustang for a forward-thinking operation he couldn’t pass up.

“My dad worked at a Ford dealership, my dad ran Fords, so those are my roots,” Matusek said. “I loved how you had to be innovative to make their power plants work. So coming full circle to that, it’s really fulfilling for me. It gets back to my roots. It’s an unbelievable team with unbelievable drivers and I view this team like an onion. As I started to peel back the layers, you start to realize how much is there. The team consists of a lot of high-profile, powerful people, so it’s exciting.”

The addition of Matusek is the latest move for Elite Motorsports as it continues to take a bigger leap into the NHRA Pro Mod ranks.

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Drag Illustrated Reveals Fourth Annual 30 Under 30 List at PRI Show

INDIANAPOLIS – The highly anticipated 2018 Drag Illustrated 30 Under 30 list was unveiled Friday afternoon during a press conference at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Show in Indianapolis. The 2018 DI 30 Under 30 list and its members are the subject of Drag Illustrated’s December Issue, which features NHRA Top Fuel driver Blake Alexander on the cover.

Made up of 30 young drivers, crew members, tuners, fabricators, media members and other drag racing insiders, the Drag Illustrated 30 Under 30 list seeks to shine a light on the rising stars of the straight-line sport. The list, which features personalities from numerous classes, series and countries, was picked by a panel of Drag Illustrated staffers after reviewing thousands of nominations from the drag racing community submitted through the ZP Performance Steering Nomination Process.

“I’m so proud of our fourth annual 30 Under 30 list and what it represents,” said Wes Buck, Founder and Editorial Director, Drag Illustrated. “As a sport, we need to be looking forward and identifying the next superstars and heroes who will carry drag racing into the future. This is our way of recognizing the accomplishments of a group of young people we believe have done big things and encouraging them as they continue to make moves in the sport.”

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