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Jack Beckman won the funny Car class at the Mopar Mile-High Nationals. We’ll have complete event coverage in the August issue of Mopar Max. (Ron Lewis photo)
Champion drag racer Jack Beckman will be the guest of honor on Thursday night, August 9, at Irwindale (Calif.) Dragstrip. The NHRA Mopar driver, who was born in Granada Hills and makes his home in nearby Norco, pilots the Valvoline NextGen Nitro Funny Car for Don Schumacher Racing in championship drag racing events across the country.
“We plan on giving Jack the ‘Key to the ‘Strip on August 9,” said Irwindale facilities manager, Bob Klein. “This guy is one of our true local heroes, everyone loves Jack. He’s a real winner in all of our books, and this chance to tell him that right here at our little strip is a big deal for all of us.
“We’ll hold up our on-track racing action for a few minutes at about 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and get Jack out to the starting line for a quick presentation of the ‘key’ to the Dragstrip,” said Klein. The inscription will not only recognize Beckman as a great racer, but as an even greater human being. A cancer survivor, Beckman has become a highly respected spokesperson in the fight against the deadly disease.
Alex Rogeo (right) got a win earlier this year at the PSCA race in Las Vegas. (file photo)
But Beckman won’t be at the Irwindale Event Center ‘Strip just for the glory. MoparMax.com is putting him to work as Thursday night’s crew chief on their Maulin’ Magnum race car, driven by young drag racing phenom and MoparMax.com Contributing Editor, Alex Rogeo. Jack has instructed over 7,000 at Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School since 1998 and he’ll be giving Alex instruction and advice which she’ll share with her readers in an upcoming MoparMax.com issue.
According to Ms. Rogeo, “Jack is one of the good guys and MoparMax is proud to be associated with this event at Irwindale Drag Strip. Jack served his country as a sergeant in the Air Force. When he got out he worked overtime and used vacation days to campaign his Super Comp dragster, ultimately winning the world championship. Like my own mother, Jack is a cancer survivor, and he uses his fame and high profile to benefit causes for veterans and cancer patients. And of course he’s an awesome nitro funny car driver. I’m honored and excited to be his driver for a night. It’s going to be a fun night.”
Irwindale Dragstrip is an NHRA-sanctioned 1/8-mile dragstrip located at the Irwindale Event Center in Irwindale, Calif. Opened in 2001, the street legal ‘Strip has been the site of hundreds of ‘Thursday Night Thunder’ test ’n’ tune events, along with numerous individual racing events like HotVWs, Mooneyes, the Antique Nationals and regular Summit Series events throughout the year. [7/26/2012]