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DRO AA/FC Challenge returns with the Raymond Beadle Classic at Tulsa

Ronny Young, who drives one of the original Raymond Beadle “Blue Max” cars, will be at the event.

 

The DRO AA/FC Challenge season will resume with the prestigious Raymond Beadle Funny Car Classic presented by Elite Motorsports on Sept. 22-23 at historic Tulsa Raceway Park.

 

Two-time DRO national champ Paul Romine in the “Man O’ War” Mustang is confirmed for the event along with Tera Graves driving John Hale’s “One Bad Texan” Camaro. Vic Tiffin will make his debut in the “Gold Digger.”

 

There will be one qualifying round on Friday evening and eliminations on Saturday at Tulsa Raceway Park.  [09/20/17]

Motor City Showdown is Saturday, Sept. 23; Dodge to showcase Demon

Saturday, Sept. 23, will usher in a new racing era in the motor capital of the world with the inaugural Motor City Showdown at the Coleman A. Young International Airport (Detroit City Airport) located on Detroit’s east side.

 

The Motor City Showdown is the first organized drag racing event in the City of Detroit. The event will feature 32 of the fastest and most technologically advanced American muscle in the world with hot rods in excess of 2,000 horsepower and the fearless drivers who wheel them.

 

The man behind this inaugural event is none other than Detroit’s own Brian Olatunji, mechanical engineer, entrepreneur and professional NHRA race car driver. He and the Leadfoot Events team are pleased to bring this historic event to Detroit.

 

“I grew up in Detroit and the automotive landscape shaped the direction I took in life as both an engineer and race car driver,” said Olatunji. “Racing has been in my blood since birth and I want to share that passion with the city of Detroit and the world.”

 

Detroit Police Chief James Craig will serve as Grand Marshal of the event and Dodge will be onsite to host the VIP experience to showcase the Demon, the world’s fastest street legal production drag car ever. [09/20/17]

Jacobsmeyer wins at Martin, Michigan

Missouri racer Greg “Jake” Jacobsmeyer was the winner of the 14th annual Funny Car Nationals at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park.

 

Jake and the team’s lifetime ET and speed records fell and new ones were set, visiting winner’s circle for the second time this season. With six cars in the class, the format offered a modified “Chicago Style” road to the finals where the cars with the two lowest ET’s from each qualification round go head to head in the final round on Saturday night to determine the event winner.

 

Jacobsmeyer’s Allstar Dodge Challenger made a second-round run of 5.76 seconds at 250.78 mph. That run got him into the final round by a mere 0.002 seconds. In the final Jacobsmeyer met Paul Romine where Romine’s “Man O’ War” Mustang lost traction and Jacobsmeyer went on to the win in 5.81 seconds at 249.31 mph.  [09/20/17]

Detroit to hold drag race at City Airport

After years of effort that required FAA approval and drew support from Police Chief James Craig, Detroit will hold its first-ever legal drag racing event.

 

The Motor City Showdown  will take place on Saturday, Sept. 23, at City Airport. The effort was spearheaded by NHRA racer and Detroit native, Brian Olatunji.

 

"Obviously, illegal street racing gets a lot of attention and growing up I was well aware, as most Detroiters are, of French Road, which has been a hot bed for illegal street racing for many years. Hosting this event is being able to actually demonstrate what drag racing is on a big stage," Olatunji told the Detroit Metro Times.

 

Street racing enthusiasts in recent months have been petitioning for City Airport to be their sanctioned space, and two months ago were met with tentative support as they pitched the idea to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

 

"[Chief Craig] thinks if we can prove that these events work really well this year, then we can talk about a permanent race track if there is a basis for it,” Duggan said at the time.[09/20/17]

 Jimmy Daniels wins second consecutive Hemi Challenge

Jimmy Daniels is two-for-two in the Mopar HEMI® Challenge. The 21-year-old driver from Yardley, Pennsylvania, made his second start in the prestigious annual event on Friday, Sept. 1, during the NHRA U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, and drove his 1968 Dodge Dart to the winner's circle for the second consecutive year.

 

With the win, Daniels further added to the family legacy in the event started by his father, Jim, who claimed victory in 2010.

 

See all the Hemi Challenge coverage in our sister publication, Drag Racing Online at here [09/20/17]

Beckman Wins Traxxas Nitro Funny Car Shootout

The Funny Car half of the Traxxas Nitro Shootout all-star event took place on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 3, after Top Fuel cars took center stage on Saturday. Jack Beckman claimed the victory in the $100,000-to-win Funny Car program for the third time in the Traxxas era utilizing Mopar HEMI power. He has four wins in Shootout events overall.

 

“Fast Jack” defeated Robert Hight with a 3.952-second pass at 324.67 mph in the final round of the eight-car event. Hight smoked his tires near half-track and turned in a lap of 4.360 at 207.11. Beckman utilized a .067-second reaction time, while Hight’s was a nearly identical .070.

 

Beckman first took down DSR Mopar teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. in round one, then defeated another teammate in the form of Ron Capps after a masterful driving job in the semifinals (above photo). Both cars got in trouble early, with Capps’ car ultimately suffering an explosion, while Beckman pedaled to the finish line to reach the final round against Hight.

 

DSR’s Matt Hagan meanwhile was defeated by John Force on a holeshot in round one, with Force’s margin of victory clocked at just .001.

 

All four Mopar HEMI-powered Funny Cars from DSR appeared in the eight-car event, as all have won races in 2017.  [09/20/17]

FCA appoints Mike Keegan as Head of Communications

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced the appointment of Mike Keegan as its Head of Communications. In this newly created role, Keegan will assume responsibility for corporate and product communications for the Group, in close coordination with the regions and business sector communications teams. Keegan will also oversee the Company’s Investor Relations activities and assume direct responsibility for Communications in North America.

 

Keegan has more than 25 years experience with the Company where he most recently served as Head of Human Resources, North America and Coordinator of the Group Executive Council (GEC). He will continue to report to the CEO and will also continue in his GEC coordination role.  [09/20/17]

‘Search for the Ultimate Street Car’ returns to MAVTV

The OPTIMA Batteries Search for the Ultimate Street Car, will return in September for its fourth season on MAVTV Motorsports Network.

 

The premier episode will air at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 29, and be re-aired at 11 p.m. ET, the same night. That schedule will be the same each Friday evening for the duration of the 10-show series.

 

"Search for the Ultimate Street Car" is a year-long competition to determine the best street-legal performance car in America. OPTIMA Batteries developed the annual competition with two goals: 1) To showcase cars that use over-the-counter aftermarket products to improve performance and: 2) Give the car owners and drivers and sponsors a positive environment in which to socialize and display their vehicles and products.

 

The competition is open to six vehicle classes including one for pure electric cars and all vehicles must be registered and licensed and insured for street use. Each vehicle is tested for Design and Engineering; Road Rally; Speed-Stop; Autocross and Road Course capabilities.

 

Events are conducted at race tracks throughout the nation - among them Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI.

 

The 2017 OPTIMA Batteries "Search for the Ultimate Street Car" winners will be announced in conjunction with the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV, in early November.   [09/20/17]

FCA is first automaker chosen to develop autonomous driving platform

BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding with the intention for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to be the first automaker to join them in developing a world leading, state-of-the-art autonomous driving platform for global deployment.

 

The development partners intend to leverage each other’s individual strengths, capabilities and resources to enhance the platform’s technology, increase development efficiency and reduce time to market. One enabler to achieve this will be the co-location of engineers in Germany, as well as other locations. FCA will bring engineering and other technical resources and expertise to the cooperation, as well as its significant sales volumes, geographic reach and long-time experience in North America.

 

“In order to advance autonomous driving technology, it is vital to form partnerships among automakers, technology providers and suppliers,” said FCA Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne. “Joining this cooperation will enable FCA to directly benefit from the synergies and economies of scale that are possible when companies come together with a common vision and objective.”

 

In July 2016, BMW Group, Intel, and Mobileye announced that they were joining forces to make self-driving vehicles a reality by collaborating to bring solutions for highly automated driving (Level 3) and fully automated driving (Level 4/5) into production by 2021. Since then, they have been designing and developing a scalable architecture that can be used by multiple automakers around the world, while at the same time maintaining each automaker’s unique brand identities.

 

The cooperation remains on-track to deploy 40 autonomous test vehicles on the road by 2017 year-end. It also expects to benefit from leveraging data and learnings from the recently announced 100 Level 4 test vehicle fleet of Mobileye, an Intel Company, demonstrating the scale effect of this collaborative approach.

 

“The two factors that remain key to the success of the cooperation are uncompromising excellence in development, and the scalability of our autonomous driving platform,” said Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG. “With FCA as our new partner, we reinforce our path to successfully create the most relevant state-of-the-art, cross-OEM Level 3-5 solution on a global scale.”

 

“The future of transportation relies on auto and tech industry leaders working together to develop a scalable architecture that automakers around the globe can adopt and customize,” said Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO. “We’re thrilled to welcome FCA’s contribution, bringing us a step closer to delivering the world’s safest autonomous vehicles.”   [09/20/17]

Four FCA US vehicles win quality awards

Four FCA US LLC vehicles led their respective segments in total quality in Strategic Vision’s 23rd annual Total Quality Impact™ (TQI) report.

 

In its inaugural year, the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica led all minivans. The Dodge Charger won its segment for the third time in four years while the Dodge Durango led its segment for the fourth time in five years.

 

Jeep® Wrangler 4-door was previously named the best Entry SUV three consecutive years (2014 – 2016), but this year the Wrangler 4-door’s two-door sibling (Wrangler) led the segment.

 

"Customers increasingly measure 'Quality' by the 'Total' experience. Yes, counting problems factors in, but getting things right and presenting innovative experiences that people love has great impact,” said Christopher Chaney, Senior Vice President – Strategic Vision. “FCA has done all of this with segment winners Dodge Charger and Durango, Jeep Wrangler and now the Chrysler Pacifica, which redefines its segment."

 

Strategic Vision’s 23rd annual TQI report is based on results from the New Vehicle Experience Study® (NVES), surveying more than 42,000 new vehicle buyers who purchased vehicles from July-December 2016 after the first 90 days of ownership. It incorporates the impact of problems with the vehicle, as well as the drivers’ analytical and emotional evaluations of quality.

 

According to San Diego-based research firm Strategic Vision, the TQI score is a holistic measure that encompasses positive and negative product experiences. This includes reliability, actual problems, driving excitement and other measures that collectively are energized by the emotional response associated with the aggregate of all those experiences – hence Total Quality.   [09/20/17]

Could FCA be sold to Chinese?

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is reportedly being targeted for a possible takeover by several Chinese companies.

 

FCA rejected at least one bid from an unnamed "well-known" Chinese company this month, while other large Chinese automakers were also conducting due diligence on the company, said Automobile News.

 

The publication said FCA executives traveled to China to meet with Great Wall Motor Co. Great Wall, created in 1984, sold more than a million cars last year under the Great Wall and Haval brands.

 

The article also mentioned other Chinese companies as potential suitors, but said it was unclear which ones would follow through. Chinese companies now are under pressure by the government to expand outside of China through the avenue of acquiring foreign companies.

 

The company's chief executive, Sergio Marchionne, has said repeatedly that he would like to merge FCA with another large company to realize better economies of scale.

 

See editor Richard Kratz’s take on this move in his Reflections column.   [09/20/17]

Allen Johnson to retire from driving at end of this season

Longtime Mopar fan favorite and 2012 NHRA Pro Stock World Champion Allen Johnson announced his retirement from Pro Stock competition at the end of this season during a press conference on Friday at the NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis.

 

Johnson currently owns 27 NHRA National event wins, good for ninth overall in Pro Stock class history. His 37 No. 1 qualifier spots also rank sixth all-time in Pro Stock and are tied for 22nd overall in NHRA history. Johnson, with his father Roy Johnson by his side and building his engines, has raced to 59 final rounds in 497 career races during his 22-year career - all spent competing in a Mopar HEMI®-powered Dodge Pro Stock machine.

 

"Allen Johnson has served Mopar as a beloved ambassador for more than 20 years and has earned a special place in the hearts of our fans and in the history of our brand," said Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar) FCA - Global. "We will never forget Allen succeeding in his long quest to capture a Pro Stock championship, or his amazing run of victories at our showcase event, the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals.

 

"I speak not just for the Mopar brand, but also on a personal level, when I say we cherish the special bonds we have built with AJ and his father Roy over the years. It's been a family affair for them, and we wish them both, as well as the entire J&J Racing team, nothing but the best as they move on to their next challenge."

 

Mopar pulled the factory sponsorship of Johnson last year and moved it to Erica Enders and Jeg Coughlin Jr., who this year returned to driving Chevrolets.

 

"It's been an amazing run for my dad (Roy) and I, but it just felt like now was the right time to step away from the Pro Stock chapter of our careers," said Johnson, whose wife Pam and mother Revonda are also familiar figures in the Pro Stock pits. "We've celebrated an NHRA World championship, captured wins at historic tracks like Gainesville, Pomona and Bandimere, and basically lived our dream for 22 years. We couldn't have done it without the help and hard work of our J&J Racing team members over the years.”    [09/20/17]

Chrysler teams with National PTA to help support schools

The Chrysler brand has become a Proud National Sponsor of National PTA, the nation’s oldest and largest child advocacy association. As part of the collaboration, the Chrysler brand and National PTA will support local PTAs across the country in promoting family engagement in education and raising funds for their schools through the Chrysler “Cars 4 Classrooms” fundraising program, featuring the all-new Chrysler Pacifica.

 

Through the Chrysler brand’s “Cars 4 Classrooms” initiative, PTAs and schools have the opportunity to set up test drive fundraising events featuring the Chrysler Pacifica and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans. The brand will donate $10 to the school for every participant who takes a brief test drive. PTAs can go to cars4classrooms.com, beginning today, to learn more about hosting an event. Participating Chrysler franchised dealerships will work with PTAs, providing the Chrysler Pacifica minivans for the events.

 

Additionally, as part of National PTA’s Take Your Family to School Week (Feb. 11-17, 2018), the Chrysler brand will support PTAs in encouraging families to visit their child’s school and get more involved in their education.   [09/20/17]

Nostalgia Super Stock All-Stars to compete at NMCA World Street Finals

The Victory Nostalgia Super Stock series racers will compete at the NMCA World Street Finals. Here is series regular Rosie Kossuth in her “Lady Max.” 

 

The Nostalgia Super Stock All-Stars will return once again to Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis the weekend of Sept. 21-24 as a part of the SDPC Race Shop NMCA World Street Finals presented by Chevrolet Performance (www.NMCAdigital.com/IN). This special Nostalgia Super Stock event, presented by FueLab, was developed with support from the Victory Performance Nostalgia Super Stock series as they join NMCA’s family of racers each year in anticipation of running Indy’s famed quarter mile.

 

The event will kick-off in style on Friday with an NMCA vs. Victory Series All-Star 32 Car Showdown with participants determined by a mixture of qualifying and previous year standings. The NMCA and Victory series Nostalgia Super Stock racers will each compete in their own race categories for championship points. Victory series racers will have their eliminations on Saturday and will then join the ATI Performance NMCA NSS family of racers on Sunday making one of the biggest Nostalgia Super Stock fields of the year. The overall winner will take a trip into the Aerospace Components Winners Circle where he/she will be awarded big money and the coveted Victor award.

 

Brought to you by E3 Spark Plugs, the SDPC Race Shop NMCA World Street Finals and LSX Shootout features heads-up Xtreme Pro Mods, Radial Wars, Factory Super Cars, Street Outlaws, LSX monsters, Nostalgia Super Stockers and much more as champions are crowned at Lucas Oil Raceway.

 

The World Street Finals also features a large manufacturers’ midway, Muscle Car & Hot Rod Car Show Saturday & Sunday, and special race classes including the F.A.S.T. group, a Top Sportsman Challenge, and special LSX race categories. On Saturday Street Outlaws TV stars Derek, BoostedGT, and Kayla Morton will sign autographs, take pictures, and make wild wheels-up passes down the track.   [09/20/17]

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Saturday, Sept. 23, will usher in a new racing era in the motor capital of the world with the inaugural Motor City Showdown at the Coleman A. Young International Airport (Detroit City Airport) located on Detroit’s east side.

 

The Motor City Showdown is the first organized drag racing event in the City of Detroit. The event will feature 32 of the fastest and most technologically advanced American muscle in the world with hot rods in excess of 2,000 horsepower and the fearless drivers who wheel them.

 

The man behind this inaugural event is none other than Detroit’s own Brian Olatunji, mechanical engineer, entrepreneur and professional NHRA race car driver. He and the Leadfoot Events team are pleased to bring this historic event to Detroit.

 

“I grew up in Detroit and the automotive landscape shaped the direction I took in life as both an engineer and race car driver,” said Olatunji. “Racing has been in my blood since birth and I want to share that passion with the city of Detroit and the world.”

 

Detroit Police Chief James Craig will serve as Grand Marshal of the event and Dodge will be onsite to host the VIP experience to showcase the Demon, the world’s fastest street legal production drag car ever. [09/20/17]

The OPTIMA Batteries Search for the Ultimate Street Car, will return in September for its fourth season on MAVTV Motorsports Network.

 

The premier episode will air at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 29, and be re-aired at 11 p.m. ET, the same night. That schedule will be the same each Friday evening for the duration of the 10-show series.

 

"Search for the Ultimate Street Car" is a year-long competition to determine the best street-legal performance car in America. OPTIMA Batteries developed the annual competition with two goals: 1) To showcase cars that use over-the-counter aftermarket products to improve performance and: 2) Give the car owners and drivers and sponsors a positive environment in which to socialize and display their vehicles and products.

 

The competition is open to six vehicle classes including one for pure electric cars and all vehicles must be registered and licensed and insured for street use. Each vehicle is tested for Design and Engineering; Road Rally; Speed-Stop; Autocross and Road Course capabilities.

 

Events are conducted at race tracks throughout the nation - among them Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI.

 

The 2017 OPTIMA Batteries "Search for the Ultimate Street Car" winners will be announced in conjunction with the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV, in early November.   [09/20/17]

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