BENSON, NC – Almost two full months after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the postponement of the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) 2020 season opener, the all-eighth-mile series is set to get back to racing at the East Coast Nationals presented by FuelTech this weekend, May 27-30, at GALOT Motorsports Park in Benson, N.C.
“This is a big, big deal for the PDRA and our racers, fans and sponsors,” said Tyler Crossnoe, series director, PDRA. “We’ve all been eager to kick off the season, and now thanks to the hard work by the GALOT Motorsports Park and PDRA teams, we’re finally able to go racing.”
The professional classes racing at the East Coast Nationals include Penske Racing Shocks/Precision Racing Suspension Pro Boost presented by WS Construction, Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous, Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock, $hameless Racing Pro Outlaw 632 and Drag 965 Pro Nitrous Motorcycle. Classic Graphix will again present the Pro Mod Challenge for non-qualifiers in Pro Boost and Pro Nitrous.
Enumerated list of Covered Services in executive order allows 25% fan capacity
ENNIS, TX – This afternoon Governor Greg Abbott by virtue of executive order expanded the enumerated list of Covered Services in Executive Order GA-23. The order allows outdoor motorsports events to operate at up to 25 percent of the normal operating limits as determined by the venue owner and operate under guidelines that facilitate appropriate social distancing. Pursuant to that order the Texas Motorplex will allow fans to attend the Keurig Dr Pepper Lone Star Nationals presented by Driven Automotive Protection starting tomorrow. Fans will be charged $15 per car and can order tickets online now.
The event, previously a participant only race, will still be broadcast on PPV. Fans will be able to enjoy the racing action for the low price of $15 by purchasing the event Pay Per View livestream on TheFoat.com Ticketing with BangShift. The entire event from the first burnout to the last win light will be broadcast with wildly entertaining Al Tucci calling the action.
“We have been in regular communication with Governor Abbott’s office and we want to thank Governor Abbott for his leadership in allowing us to be the first motorsports venue with the chance to host fans. We will be following all the recommendations from the Governor’s office,” said Andy Carter, Texas Motorplex General Manager. “We want to assure everyone that we are taking all necessary safety precautions to keep our employees, competitors and fans safe during this event. We know racers have been staying at home for over two months and we just want to give them one of the first opportunities to get back on the track.”
DELAWARE, OH – It’s always a thrill to buy a new vehicle. It’s dramatically more so if you have the chance to actually drive your new vehicle right off the assembly line. That’s exactly what six-time world champion drag racer Jeg Coughlin Jr. got to do in 2018 when he purchased a new Jeep that was assembled in Toledo, Ohio.
“It was truly an amazing experience and made that particular Jeep very special to me,” Coughlin said. “I was the first butt in the seat, as they say, and I feel a real connection to my Jeep. I keep it down in Florida, where it’s the perfect cruiser for the beach.”
Coughlin’s special opportunity to visit the Jeep Plant at the Chrysler-Toledo Assembly Complex came from his professional relationship with Mopar and a long-standing offer from former Plant Manager Bruce Schabeck. Coughlin competed in a Dodge Avenger and a Dodge Dart in the past, winning the 2013 Pro Stock title in the HEMI-powered JEGS.com/Mopar Avenger.
“With the Toledo plant just a few hours away Bruce set up a deal where we could go up and have a tour of the facility the same day my Jeep was being assembled,” Coughlin said. “We actually started the process with our friends at Coughlin Jeep in Marysville. Although we share the same name, we aren’t related, but they are good friends and great people. We’ve done a lot of business there through the years.
FREDERICKSBURG, VA – Just over a week away from the delayed start of the 2020 Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) season, the series announced Wednesday night its revised schedule. Six other PDRA races will join next week’s East Coast Nationals presented by FuelTech at GALOT Motorsports Park, which was announced on May 8, on the 2020 PDRA “No Warning Labels” Tour. The seven-race revised schedule replaces the PDRA’s original eight-race schedule that was affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
“We know our racers are eager to get this season started, and we’re thrilled to finally have a full season schedule to announce,” said Tyler Crossnoe, series director, PDRA. “The PDRA team has worked closely with the track operators and state and local officials to develop a realistic schedule.”
The East Coast Nationals presented by FuelTech will kick off the season at GALOT Motorsports Park, May 27-30. Following the season opener, all race dates will line up with the dates on the original schedule. Darlington Dragway’s event, the Carolina Showdown presented by ProCharger, is now set for June 11-13. The North-South Shootout presented by Frederick Line-X at Maryland International Raceway (July 16-18) and Northern Nationals presented by Modern Racing at Maple Grove Raceway (Aug. 20-22) stay on their original dates. The DeCerbo Construction American Doorslammer Challenge presented by Callies at Summit Motorsports Park has moved to September 10-12. DragWars at GALOT Motorsports Park (Oct. 8-10) and the Brian Olson Memorial Pro Line Racing World Finals at Virginia Motorsports Park (Oct. 22-25) also continue with original dates.
Indiannapolis, IN – Meyer, who has a long and storied history in motorsports and racing, will lead the PRI team in increasing engagement and support for the industry through enhanced programs and services for the motorsports community.
Dr. Jamie Meyer has taken the role of President of the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show and media company, effective this week. Meyer, who has a long and storied history in motorsports and racing, will lead the PRI team in increasing engagement and support for the industry through enhanced programs and services for the motorsports community.
“In addition to providing the industry with world-class trade events and publications, PRI is committed to enhancing resources, advocacy and representation for the motorsports industry,” said Chris Kersting, president and CEO of SEMA. “Dr. Jamie Meyer will be instrumental in leading the team. He has great knowledge and understanding of racing businesses, teams and drivers, and he will be a valued leader to help motorsports and the industry grow.”
EPPING, NH – NHRA officials have announced a second JEGS SPORTSnationals event on the weekend of Aug. 21-22 at New England Dragway. The new race will bring national-event level drag racing to the historic Northeast locale, which lost this year’s regularly scheduled NHRA main event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are thrilled to team with our longtime friends at JEGS to present this event,” said Josh Peterson, NHRA Vice President-Racing Administration. “Sportsman racers are truly the backbone of our sport and the opportunity to give them another place to shine this season and the chance to do it with our partners at New England Dragway is a tremendous opportunity. The SPORTSnationals has been a rich tradition in NHRA for more than 40 years and we’re proud to help add to that history.”
Dating back to the mid-1970s, SPORTSnationals events feature high-level drag racing in eight of NHRA’s Lucas Oil Series categories. Drivers in Competition Eliminator, Stock Eliminator, Super Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Top Sportsman and Top Dragster will collect national-level points while carving out a share of more than $100,000 in prize money.
Tulsa, OK – After everything that we have seen happen to the industry over the previous two months, MWPMS is flying high after experiencing an amazing opening event of the season at Tulsa. This weekend is stop two on the tour in Ennis, Texas and has no intentions of slowing down.
“We made a lot of changes to the Tulsa event to keep the racers and spectators safe including an online registration process and time slip app as well as social distancing protocols. I am extremely proud of our people for adhering to these and making it a great kick off to our 2020 season”, states series founder Keith Haney.
“Ennis is a staple race for the Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series and we could not be more excited to finally be back and show the great state of Texas what the MWPMS is all about. We were pleased to have 29 Pro Mods in Tulsa with competitors from all the other big race series including NHRA, PDRA and NMCA with us”, states MWPMS Event Director Ellen Eschenbacher.