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KALITTA MOTORSPORTS RETAINS 3-G SPORTS, ROB GOODMAN, TO MANAGE CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS

YPSILANTI, MI – Kalitta Motorsports’ corporate communications and media relations will be managed by 3-G Sports and its founder, Rob Goodman, in 2023, the team announced today. The 2023 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing season begins March 10-12, 2023 in Gainesville, Fla.

Kaitta Motorsports, the only NHRA client on the 3-G Sports roster, fields Top Fuel dragsters driven by Doug Kalitta and 2013 NHRA Top Fuel champion Shawn Langdon and a Funny Car driven by 2018 NHRA Funny Car champion J.R. Todd.

Goodman is a media relations veteran with extensive NHRA experience. Most recently, he served as the media relations director for Alan Johnson Racing from 2009-’15. Prior to founding 3-G Sports in 2004, he worked in Sports Marketing at R.J. Reynolds as the manager of media relations for what was then the NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. Goodman was recently appointed to the National Sports Media Association board of directors.

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NHRA INTRODUCES MISSION #2FAST2TASTY NHRA CHALLENGE DURING 2023 REGULAR SEASON ACROSS ALL PROFESSIONAL CATEGORIES

Special race challenge will feature semifinalists from previous race matching up on Saturdays with additional purse and playoff bonus points on the line

INDIANAPOLIS – NHRA and Mission Foods, the world’s leading brand for tortillas and wraps, have partnered together for the Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge, an exciting new race program for the 2023 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season.

Beginning at the NHRA Arizona Nationals in Phoenix on March 24-26, the Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge will introduce competitive racing to the Saturday schedule at regular-season events during the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series campaign, pitting semifinalists from the previous race against each other in a rematch for all professional categories as part of a must-see challenge.

They will face off during the first qualifying session on Saturday, with the two winners then matching up in the final qualifying session with an additional purse and bonus points for the Countdown to the Championship on the line, adding another marquee attraction to the NHRA race weekend. The #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge is also part of Mission Foods’ overall motorsports initiative to help racers and race teams.

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LARIS MOTORSPORTS INSURANCE JOINS THE WDRA PARTNER ALLIANCE

Springfield, IL – The World Drag Racing Alliance announced today that Laris Motorsports Insurance has become a major marketing partner and will be supporting the sportsman racing community by joining the WDRA in 2023. Laris Motorsports Insurance will become the Official Racing Equipment Insurance partner of WDRA as well as the presenting sponsor of the Summit Bracket Finals series of events.

Laris Motorsports Insurance provides unique products for the racing community including on track and off track racing vehicle damage as well as trailer, tools and equipment coverage. Laris Motorsports Insurance president Laris Holden, as a drag racer himself is committed to supporting the racing community and was heavily involved in developing insurance lines specific to what racers need.

“One of the most important parts of WDRA partnerships is that we deliver a value based system where racer owned businesses can support fellow racers without the typical corporate red tape that comes with these types of agreements,” said WDRA President Don Scott. “Laris Motorsports Insurance is a perfect example of WDRA creating yet another alliance with a racer owned business that creates high end services and gives them an easy way to directly support the bracket racing community. We are thrilled to be working with Holden and his industry leading team at Laris Motorsports Insurance.”

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SUNCOAST PERFORMANCE SIGNS ON TO SUPPORT THE SUMMIT SPORTSMAN DRAG RACING SERIES

Springfield, IL – The World Drag Racing Alliance announced today that Suncoast Performance has joined the WDRA alliance of sponsors supporting bracket racers. The Summit Sportsman Drag Racing Series and the Summit World Championships are now both presented by Suncoast Performance.

Suncoast Performance is a leader in Transmissions, Converters and related accessories for OEM gas and diesel applications for Dodge, Ford and Chevy. Suncoast Performance controls all aspects of their products from design to manufacturing in their 75,000 square foot facility in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

“This is yet another racer owned business joining the alliance to support sportsman racers” said WDRA’s Josh Peake. “The guys at Suncoast Performance are sportsman racers and wanted to join the Summit Sportsman Drag Racing Series program so they could add to the support for their fellow racers.”

In addition to becoming an official WDRA partner, Suncoast Performance will be offering discounts to WDRA members on their line-up of OEM replacement transmissions and converters.

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Justin Jones, Brandon Pesz Set to Represent PJS Racing at WSOPM

BRADENTON, FL – The PJS Racing duo of young gun Justin Jones and Pro Mod veteran Brandon Pesz will be bringing their very own horsepower to the 2023 Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod. After spending the better part of two years diving into research & development on their own engine program, the Texas-based team is excited to show what they can do against 40-plus other drivers March 3-5 in Bradenton, Florida.

“Man, I was stoked,” Jones said about receiving his invitation from Drag Illustrated Founder and Editorial Director Wes Buck. “The guys that are invited to this race are the elites of the sport. Not just of the class, but of the sport. I’m a competitive guy, and I can’t wait to try and whoop up on all the guys that have been the elites for years and years.”

Pesz, who’s been driving for over 30 years, admitted to being a little nervous about whether or not he would be selected for the $100,000 winner-take-all event at Bradenton Motorsports Park.

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John Sears Announced as Director of Competition for 2023 Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod

BRADENTON, FL – John Sears has been named the Director of Competition for the 2023 Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod, race officials announced today. Drag Illustrated Founder and Creative Director Wes Buck and team are thrilled to welcome Sears with his years of expertise and knowledge to guide the highly-competitive invitational March 3-5, 2023, at Bradenton Motorsports Park.

“It takes an army to pull off an event of this magnitude, and that army needs leadership,” said Buck. “John’s reputation speaks for itself, and he’s absolutely, positively the right man for the job when it comes to maintaining the integrity of the biggest, richest Pro Mod drag race in the history of the known universe.”

“I am very excited to be part of an event that is the pinnacle of doorslammer racing. It’s an honor for me,” said Sears. “I’ve always respected Wes and the folks over at Drag Illustrated and what they bring to the table for our sport. To be included in such a prestigious event is quite an honor. I’m humbled by it, actually.”

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2023 KICKOFF AT AMALIE MOTOR OIL NHRA GATORNATIONALS INCLUDES PEP BOYS NHRA TOP FUEL ALL-STAR CALLOUT

GAINESVILLE, FL – With excitement already brewing surrounding the start of the 2023 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series at the 54th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, eight Top Fuel stars are already planning for a memorable weekend at historic Gainesville Raceway.

The Pep Boys NHRA Top Fuel All-Star Callout returns in 2023, pitting eight standouts against each other in a unique specialty race that takes place on Saturday, March 11. It’s a marquee, can’t-miss attraction to help kick off the new season, and a definite highlight of famed Gatornationals.

Reigning world champion Brittany Force, defending callout winner Steve Torrence, Justin Ashley, Mike Salinas, Doug Kalitta, Josh Hart, Austin Prock and Clay Millican make up the eight-car field for the one-day shootout with a distinctive callout format that promises big money and major bragging rights, along with a special broadcast on Fox Sports 1 (FS1).

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MWDRS Pro Mod Champ Ron Muenks Relying on Boost Rather Than Bottles for World Series of Pro Mod Debut

BRADENTON, FL – Ron Muenks may have won the 2020 Mid-West Drag Racing Series Pro Mod championship in a nitrous car, but the Missouri native and team owner Dave Pierce are relying on blowers rather than bottles as their power adder for the Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod.

Muenks drove Pierce’s screw-blown M&M Transmission 2010 Mustang to a 2022 MWDRS season-ending win in the car’s second event, and Muenks plans to pick up where he left off at the $100,000-to-win event at Bradenton Motorsports Park on March 3-5.

“We’re just going to keep doing our normal deal,” Muenks said of the team’s game plan for the World Series. “We’re still R&Ding out what the car likes. So far, as in Texas, it worked out really good. Every pass we made kept getting quicker and quicker. We figure a couple more passes and we should be in the .50s or right along with everybody else.”

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JOSH HART ANNOUNCES MULTI-YEAR EXTENSION WITH ADVANCE AUTO PARTS

OCALA, FL – NHRA Top Fuel championship contender and rising star Josh Hart announced a multi-year extension with long-time marketing partner Advance Auto Parts for the 2023 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season and beyond. Hart will campaign his 11,000 horsepower Top Fuel dragster at every NHRA national event representing Advance Auto Parts as well as their TechNet Professional Automotive Services.

“Advance Auto Parts has been with me throughout my career in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Fuel,” said Hart, who finished seventh in Top Fuel in 2022. “They are an amazing company to work with and the TechNet Professional Automotive Service team is the best in the business. We will be doing a lot of exciting things in 2023 and most importantly we are focusing on making another run for the Top Fuel championship. Their support is invaluable and we are thrilled to be working with them again.”

Part of the Advance Auto Parts portfolio of brands, TechNet Professional Automotive Service features a network of more than 15,000 repair shops across the U.S. and Canada. TechNet shops are locally owned and focused on delivering exceptional customer care and service. Shops that are part of TechNet Nation employ highly skilled and trained staff while also using quality parts from Carquest, DieHard® batteries and other leading brands. Shops also participate in important charitable initiatives in the communities they serve, such as Brakes for Breasts. Continue reading

Two-Time NHRA Pro Mod Champion Stevie ‘Fast’ Jackson Looking for Redemption at the 2023 World Series of Pro Mod 

BRADENTON, FL – To say two-time NHRA Pro Mod champion Stevie “Fast” Jackson is looking for redemption at the 2023 Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod would be an understatement. The drag racing veteran, known for speaking his mind and talking trash to his fellow competitors, is no stranger to the WSOPM – the newest installment at Bradenton Motorsports Park will be his fourth event.

“With the previous World Series of Pro Mod being in Denver, I feel like you got people that were serious about big-money door car racing out there, but I also think you limited yourself to only people on that side of the country,” Jackson said. “Having the World Series of Pro Mod at Bradenton Motorsports Park at that time of the year, you’re going to get the mecca of door car racing all in one spot.”

Jackson also made it known that the fans will play an integral part in the success of the WSOPM. It’s already been proven with the demand for tickets and media buzz.

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