BRADENTON, FL – World Series of Pro Mod officials announced today that Jason Galvin has been named the second announcer for “the biggest and baddest Pro Mod race in the history of the known universe.” Galvin joins veteran drag racing announcer Al Tucci, previously named as one of the voices of the 2023 Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod.
“It’s a huge honor,” said Galvin. “I’m still – I guess you could say the new guy – when it comes to announcing major drag races, and in the world of Pro Mod, this is absolutely the event to be at. Honestly, I was shocked and humbled when the DI team approached me. I can’t wait to get to Florida and get going. The money, the grudge matches, the star power, it all already feels so big. I’m stoked.”
“We’re very excited to have Jason on board as our second announcer for the Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod,” said Mike Carpenter, Drag Illustrated COO. “Jason is a rising star on the mic, and I think he will be the perfect complement to our lead announcer, Al Tucci. When we set out to brand our events, we feel the announcing crew is a key part of that, and to have a unique pairing of world-class announcers calling the race will be a great addition for the fans, whether they’re enjoying the event in person or streaming it live on FloRacing.”
Charles Carpenter, ‘Godfather of Pro Mod,’ Named Grand Marshal of 2023 Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod
BRADENTON, FL – World Series of Pro Mod officials announced Charles Carpenter, the “Godfather of Pro Mod,” as the Grand Marshal of the 2023 event March 3-5 at Bradenton Motorsports Park. Carpenter will give the command and flip the starter switch for the first pair of Pro Mod eliminations on Sunday morning.
“It’s a very big honor for me,” said Charles. “This is the biggest Pro Mod race ever. I would love to be a competitor in it, but I’m not able to do that yet, but this is as close as I can be to it.”
“It seems only fitting to have Charles Carpenter, the ‘Godfather of Pro Mod’, as the grand marshal for the Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod,” said Wes Buck, WSOPM promoter and Drag Illustrated founder. “His impact on fast doorslammer drag racing is immeasurable. If it wasn’t for Charles and his ‘World’s Fastest ’55 Chevy’, it’s hard to know where the Pro Modified eliminator would be today. A world-class racer and mechanic, sure, but Charles also was extraordinarily media savvy. He ‘played the game’ extremely well – bringing mainstream media attention to the sport, major marketing partners, and was a pioneer in the licensing/naming rights realm for drag racers.”
BRADENTON, FL – The 2023 Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod and Strange Engineering have partnered to bring a Racer Welcome Party to the elite roster of racers set to compete at the Bradenton Motorsports Park event on March 3-5. The WSOPM Racer Welcome Party presented by Strange Engineering will kick off the festivities Thursday night, March 2.
“We’re going back to our youth and throwing a pizza party. There’s a lot of pressure at WSOPM, but on Thursday night, before qualifying begins, we want to give our racers and sponsors an opportunity to take the edge off with a cold beverage and a hot slice,” said Drag Illustrated Founder and WSOPM Promoter Wes Buck. “We’ve partnered with a couple local Italian eateries to make it a special experience and provide us with great food. Of course, we’ll have DJ Jason Logan in the house, setting the mood and ensuring we have a good time.”
For Jeff Stange, second-generation owner of Strange Engineering, it’s a way for him to give back to a sport that has provided him and his family so much.
BRADENTON, FL – Up-and-coming Pro Mod standout Preston Tanner announced today his 2023 racing season partnership with Strange Engineering. Tanner will kick off his season at the 2023 Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod with the Illinois-based manufacturer onboard as the primary sponsor.
“I am really grateful for the opportunity to be able to put Strange Engineering on my race car for them this year,” said Tanner. “I want to thank Wes [Buck] and Eric Latino, another Pro Mod racer, for the introduction to Jeff Stange [of Strange Engineering]. They really helped me get this sponsorship.”
“I always take a lot of pride in being able to give back to the racers to help because they’ve helped Strange Engineering grow and develop products and be successful in our industry,” said Jeff Stange, Owner of Strange Engineering. “I always like to give back, so it’s one of the reasons we’re sponsoring Preston because he’s young and upcoming. It’s important to give back to the younger generation to help support our sport.”
BRADENTON, FL – On the heels of a fifth NHRA Pro Stock world championship, Erica Enders will make her Mountain Motor Pro Stock debut March 3-5 in the $25,000-to-win $hameless Racing Mountain Motor Pro Stock Invitational (MMPSI) presented by Seminole Paving. Taking place in conjunction with the Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod at Bradenton Motorsports Park, the MMPSI will draw Mountain Motor Pro Stock’s best drivers and teams for a big-money shootout.
Though Enders has never driven a Mountain Motor Pro Stock car, she’s stepping into a proven car. She’ll drive one of the two Camaros formerly owned and driven by JR Carr and tuned by engine builder Frank Gugliotta. Elite Motorsports team owner Richard Freeman will drive the other car.
“I feel like we purchased the best program out there, which was JR Carr’s,” Enders said. “He has the nicest equipment and definitely didn’t spare any expense with any portion of his program. Being handed that program and then to put our guys in the places that they’re great at, I don’t think of any reason why we shouldn’t do well. We also are going to have the ‘Flying Meatball,’ Frank Gugliotta, who was JR’s crew chief, helping us as well.”
CLEVELAND, OH – The fields and classes continue to grow for the Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod, March 3-5, at Bradenton Motorsports Park. In addition to the most diverse and spectacular collection of Pro Mod racers ever, a select group of Factory Stock competitors will be invited to race for $15,000 winner’s purse in the DH Davies Factory Stock Classic. The invitation-only race will feature backing from Davies, a well-known and respected Factory Stock competitor, as well as associate sponsorship support from HemiTunerPerformance.com, Warren Walcher’s Pine Country and Wesley Motorsports.
“I saw the opportunity to get some Factory Stock guys on the track at a world class event and the Drag Illustrated team was super receptive to the idea,” said Davies, who will once again be competing in the Flexjet Factory Stock Showdown Series in 2023 behind the wheel of his Mopar Drag Pak. “Drag Illustrated is in charge of the invites and I know they are going to put together a killer field of cars from Chevy, Ford and Mopar. It will be a fun and competitive weekend to start the season.”
The DH Davies Factory Stock Classic competitors will have two qualifying sessions on Friday and two qualifying sessions on Saturday. The races will race for the big money on Sunday before a packed house of fans from all over the country.
BRADENTON, FL – Veteran Pro Mod driver Steven Whiteley is no stranger to competing at the World Series of Pro Mod, but the 2023 edition of the event – March 3-5 at Bradenton Motorsports Park – will still be a new experience.
Whiteley, who will be driving his J&A Service screw-blown 1969 Camaro, was an attendee of the first two WSOPM races in Denver in 2017 and 2018. Those events ran the quarter mile at an elevation of 5,280 feet above sea level. While the format has changed, Whiteley’s excitement has not.
“I was thrown back,” Whiteley said upon receiving his invitation from Drag Illustrated Founder & Editorial Director Wes Buck. “I remember seeing a lot of the stuff on social media, and it was making me think back to when it started in Denver years ago. When he texted me, I was like, ‘Oh yeah, here we go. We’re going again.’”
BRADENTON, FL – Factory Stock Classic is the latest class to join the 2023 Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod, event promoters announced today. The weekend race card consists of the $25,000-to-win $hameless Racing Mountain Motor Pro Stock Invitational presented by Seminole Paving, the Xtreme Front Wheel Drive Challenge, the Factory Stock Classic, and the main event of 32 qualified Pro Mod drivers.
“Adding the inaugural Factory Stock Classic to an already packed lineup for the World Series of Pro Mod, in my opinion, really puts this event over the top,” said Wes Buck, Drag Illustrated Founder and WSOPM promoter. “These small-tire, stock-appearing cars produce some of the most incredible on-track action that exists in drag racing today. I also love the involvement and enthusiasm around this style of drag racing from America’s major auto manufacturers. Factor in that these cars are driven by some of the best racers in our sport today from multiple sanctions and series – it’s just a perfect fit, and we couldn’t be more excited.”
The Factory Stock Classic category will feature invited drivers competing for one of the 16 qualifying spots and the inaugural title at Bradenton Motorsports Park, March 3-5.
BRADENTON, FL – Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod event officials announced today FloRacing as the official livestreaming partner of the event. FloRacing will stream all live action from the $100,000-to-win invitational, March 3-5, 2023, at Bradenton Motorsports Park.
“Sports are best consumed live, and if you can’t be there in person, which is the number one experience, the number two experience is being able to consume a high-quality live broadcast,” said Mike Levy, Vice President of Global Rights Acquisition at FloSports. “Race fans can depend on FloRacing to cover every minute of the action live.”
“I couldn’t be more excited to partner with FloRacing on an agreement that will continue to grow the sport of drag racing and, specifically, Pro Mod drag racing,” said Wes Buck, Drag Illustrated Founder and Editorial Director. “WSOPM has always made deals with the right partners at the right time, and this is no exception. With this partnership, we have the ability to deliver the biggest, richest Pro Mod race in the history of the known universe to fans around the world – in the comfort of their own home and with the highest level of quality and production possible. This deal is a home run for WSOPM and FloRacing.”
BRADENTON, FL – Veteran driver Marty Robertson plans to open what will undoubtedly be a hectic 2023 season at the Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod. The event, held March 3-5 at Bradenton Motorsports Park, will be Robertson’s debut in his Type A Motorsports 2022 RJ Race Cars Camaro, powered by a Noonan Hemi with a screw blower.
In fact, Robertson – who’s raced everything from Radial vs. the World to Pro Stock to No Prep Kings – has assembled three purpose-built Pro Mods to race this year, all designed for different sanctioning bodies.
“We have a very big season planned,” Robertson said. “I’ve got a Pro Boost car built for PDRA, and we’re running a full schedule to win a championship. I’ve got an NHRA-legal car built to run a full season of NHRA to win a championship. And I’ve got an ultra-lightweight outlaw car to run at any event where they have lighter rules on weights and power.”