VOLUME XIII,  ISSUE  - JAN - FEB,  2018

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Meet Jennifer Caputo-Armstrong at L.A. Classic Auto Show

Jennifer Caputo-Armstrong of Mopar Max’s drag racing team will appear along with her race car at The Classic Auto Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center on March 2-4.

 

Jen made her competition start at the helm of the Liquid Glow 2007 Dodge Magnum at last weekend’s SCEDA race at Fontana, CA, where she made it through the first round of competition on both Saturday and Sunday.

 

“This race was my fourth round of handicap start bracket racing ever,” said Jennifer. “I’ve been reading about bracket racing strategy, I talked to [crew chief] Richard [Kratz] about strategy, and mentally rehearsed a thousand times in my head all the scenarios that could happen. All the prep was helpful but when it’s all said and done, actually being in a close race and trying to judge the finish line and closure rate was something you have to experience firsthand to actually comprehend. I saw in my side mirror I had the other car beat so tried to ease off at the end but missed it by less than the blink of an eye.” Jennifer broke out by .003 under her dial of 9.82 seconds.

 

In addition to driving a drag car, Jen has been a stuntwoman in more than 184 films and television series. Fans can get a free poster at the Auto Show and have it autographed Friday at 4 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 p.m., and Sunday at 12.45 p.m.     [03/01/18]

Runner-up finish for Johnson at NHRA Arizona Nationals

Tommy Johnson Jr. (near lane) finished second to Courtney Force in the funny Car final round.

 

Tommy Johnson Jr. advanced to the final round of Funny Car competition at the NHRA Arizona Nationals on Sunday at Wild Horse Motorsports Park in his Mopar-powered Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car.

 

Johnson beat Shawn Langdon, Richard Townsend and Robert Hight before earning the runner-up honors for Funny Car. He was faster than No. 1 qualifier Courtney Force at the start during the final-round run before she got the upper hand at the line. Johnson’s runner-up finish came after his Don Schumacher Racing crew worked hard to get his car ready following a fiery explosion under the hood during Saturday qualifying. Johnson jumped from tenth to fifth in Funny Car point standings with his performance.

 

Matt Hagan, who earned his 27th NHRA National event victory in the season opener with his Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car, also made it to the quarterfinals before losing a cylinder, which allowed Courtney Force to advance. Hagan, the defending Funny Car winner here, easily beat J.R. Todd in round one.

 

Ron Capps was the No. 2 qualifier in his NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car but smoked the tires in round two to end his day as the team adapts to its new six-disc clutch.

Jack Beckman was right behind Capps as the No. 3 qualifier with his Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car, but the 2012 Funny Car champion suffered an explosion in the first round to end his day. 

Longtime Mopar Sportsman Racer Mike Cotton (near lane) of Cave Creek, AZ, piloted his 1970 big-block powered Plymouth ‘Cuda to a Super Stock runner-up finish. Cotton’s ‘Cuda advanced through six rounds of intense competition at Wild Horse Motorsports Park before falling just short of another career win by 0.021 seconds. For advancing the furthest in Super Stock, Cotton will receive the Dodge Top Finisher award.[03/01/18]

Ram and Mopar customize 2019 Ram 1500 at Chicago Auto Show

Pietro Gorlier, head of Parts and Service Mopar (left) and Jim Morrison, head of the Ram Brand at the Chicago Auto Show.

 

The Ram Truck and Mopar brands teamed up at the Chicago Auto show to debut an outdoor-sport-themed 2019 Ram 1500 modified with a selection of the more than 200 Mopar parts and accessories available for the all-new truck.

Mopar 18-inch, six-lug off=road beadlock-capable wheels with matching trim rings keep the tires pegged to the rims when aired down for increased off-road grip and traction.

Mopar 5-inch dual exhaust tips feature dual wall thickness, fit snug to the bumper and provide a smoother edge.  [03/01/18]

Schumacher Motorsports expands to supply sportsman parts

Leah Pritchett at last year’s U.S. Nationals. 

 

For years, Don Schumacher Motorsports (DSM) has been regarded as a leading parts supplier for teams competing in NHRA’s nitro categories. After spending much of the 2017-2018 off-season ramping up its inventory of products, DSM is now branching out to supply NHRA Sportsman racers in its role as a performance parts distributor.

 

For NHRA Sportsman competitors who race a Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, DSM and Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) have worked in collaboration with Mopar, SRT and BES Racing Engines to offer a variety of parts and components for the modern-day package car, including aluminum HEMI® engine packages that utilize Mopar blocks and heads as building blocks.

 

DSM will also offer Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak NHRA Factory Stock customers on-site parts support during the seven SAM Tech NHRA Factory Stock Showdown events.

 

The timing is perfect for Top Fuel star Leah Pritchett, who recently announced she will run the full NHRA Factory Stock Showdown schedule in a DSR-tuned/DSM-equipped Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak.

 

“DSR is pleased to have a full-time entry in the Factory Stock Showdown in 2018,” said DSR and DSM owner Don Schumacher. “Between Leah’s skill behind the wheel and [crew chief] Kevin Helms’ Mopar expertise, we have high expectations and anticipate Leah to be in championship-contention.  [03/01/18]

Windstream to sponsor Prusiensky at three races this season

Windstream, a provider of advanced network communications and technology solutions, will sponsor Alan Prusienky Pro Stock Dodge Dart for three NHRA races with their Kinetic Internet by Windstream brand.

 

Windstream is based in North Carolina and will be on the car at the Four-Wide Nationals in Concord, NC, on April 27-29, the Lucas Oil Southern Nationals in Atlanta on May 4-6, and the Carolina Nationals at Concord, NC, on Oct. 12-14.     [03/01/18]

Beahm replaces Kuniskis who replaces Bigland at FCA

 

Tim Kuniskis has been named Head of Alfa Romeo and Maserati brand globally, replacing Reid Bigland. Replacing Kuniskis as Head of Passenger Car brands in North America, which includes Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat and SRT, is Steve Beahm.

 

Bigland will remain as Head of U.S. Sales as well as President and CEO of FCA Canada.

 

Bigland and Kuniskis will continue to serve on the Group Executive Council (GEC), which is the highest management body in FCA and is chaired by the CEO.   [03/01/18]

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