O’FALLON, MO (February 4, 2011) – Fresh off being named a major sponsor in the American Drag Racing League (ADRL) for the 2011 season, RJ Race Cars and Quarter-Max Chassis & Racing Components announced an exciting incentive for all Pro Nitrous (PN) competitors with the institution of a Pro Nitrous No. 1 Qualifier Program.
The low qualifier program will award the top qualifier in Pro Nitrous $1,000 at each ADRL event during the 2011 season.
“We are very excited about this program and we think the racers will be, too,” said RJ Race Cars Owner and President Rick Jones, whose son, Rickie, will race in PN for the first time.
“We’re going to race Pro Nitrous and we want to support the class as much as possible. It’s such a cool class and we want to bring as much excitement to it as we can.”
The 2011 ADRL Tour kicks off on March 25-26 with CarSafe Dragpalooza VII presented by LenMar Motorsports.
The event takes place at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas and will also be the kick-off of the No. 1 qualifier program in Pro Nitrous.
Long regarded as one of the top classes in the ADRL, Pro Nitrous was as balanced and competitive as ever in 2010.
Featuring seven different event winners and a first-time World Champion in Burton Auxier, Pro Nitrous was deeper than ever and that led to unbelievable racing throughout the year.
The added incentive of the low qualifier program should only up the stakes for the incredible racers in the class.
“We always want to give back to the racers and this gives them something to shoot for,” Jones said. “We haven’t been this excited for a long time. We can’t wait to start the season. This deal is going to be a lot of fun for everyone.”
ADRL Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing Brian Evans was thrilled with RJ Race Cars’ decision to establish the low qualifier program in Pro Nitrous.
“With this announcement, Rick and RJ Race Cars have brought a great deal of excitement to an already amazing class,” Evans said.
“We are excited to have them as sponsors and this is just another sign that Rick and his terrific team put the racers first.”
ABOUT THE ADRL
Based in O’Fallon, Missouri, the American Drag Racing League is the nation’s premier sanctioning body for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing. The professional categories featured in the ADRL are Pro Junior Dragster, Extreme Pro Stock, Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Extreme 10.5, Pro Nitrous and Pro Extreme, the quickest doorslammer class in all of drag racing. The 2011 ADRL tour consists of nine national events run throughout the United States. For more information on the ADRL, visit www.ADRL.us.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Feb. 4, 2011) — The Super Chevy Show is recognizing a new generation of Chevy owners with the debut of a new racing class at each of its 12 national events this season.
The 5th Generation Camaro Shootout will be part of the national touring series beginning in 2011.
The class is open to Camaros 2010 and newer and will be a trophy class, with the winner, runner-up and semifinalists all receiving trophies. The winner will also receive a coveted Super Chevy Show “Winner’s” jacket.
“I feel it is very important for SCS to involve the 5th Generation Camaro owners,” said Guillermo Garcia of Camaro5.com, which is one of the largest Camaro enthusiast websites and forums on the Internet. “We are a very enthusiastic and proud group and we love to show and race our cars (at the track) every chance we get.
“Having the 5th Generation Camaro Shootout is a great idea that will generate more traffic to the Super Chevy Show series from not only the car owners themselves, but also from others who haven’t had a chance to see one on the track.”
Time trials for the 5th Generation Camaro Shootout will be on Saturday of each event weekend, with eliminations on Sunday. Entrants for the class will also be able to take part in the Friday Test-N-Tune, and compete in the bonus bracket race on Saturdays. Both will be available at an additional fee.
General Motors introduced the new Camaro body style for the car’s 2010 model and was first available for consumers beginning in mid-2009. A recent report indicated that as of this past December, there were more than 140,000 of the 5th Generation Camaros already on the street.
Those numbers make perfect sense to Garcia, who sees the passion of the owners on the Camaro5 forums.
“I think it’s great that Chevy came out with the new Camaro,” Garcia said. “It has not only revitalized the Chevy Camaro faithful, but it has also had a huge impact not only in the aftermarket industry, but also in the entertainment industry.
“Just look at the “Transformers” movies. Who would have thought that seeing a car on the big screen would have everyone cheering?”
The Super Chevy Show and the 5th Generation Camaro Shootout will make it’s debut on Friday, April 8-Sunday, April 10 at Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter, Fla.
From a simple signature March 13, 1951, by NHRA founder Wally Parks to a far more complicated, championship-clinching comeback by John Force Nov. 14, 2010, NHRA has experienced its share of great moments in its first 59 years.
And as the world’s largest motorsports sanctioning body prepares to celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2011, NHRA officials have narrowed the many hundreds of memorable moments to a list of 60 Greatest Moments. The complete list, which can be found below, is officially being unveiled for the first time today.
The list includes such seminal moments in NHRA history as Don Garlits’ debut of the rear-engine dragster in 1971, Shirley Muldowney’s groundbreaking first win by a woman in Top Fuel in 1976, Kenny Bernstein breaking the 300-mph barrier in 1992, and Tony Schumacher’s “The Run” in 2006, to name a few.
NHRA fans can relive each of the 60 Greatest Moments via a soon-to-be-released DVD, and they can participate in a yearlong program to determine the 20, 10, and five greatest moments before ultimately identifying the moment that they believe is the greatest in NHRA history.
Beginning Monday, March 7, which opens race week for the Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals that will serve as the Official Kick-Off Party for NHRA’s 60th Anniversary celebration, NHRA will post each of the 60 Greatest Moments (two to three per week) on its Facebook page, and fan Likes will be tallied to determine the 20 fan favorites.
After the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, the top 20 moments will be identified and, just as the top 10 drivers in the Countdown to the Championship will be determined at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil, the fans’ top 10 moments will be determined. Fans will have from the Monday after the Brainerd event (Aug. 22) to the end of the U.S. Nationals to vote, and the 10 moments with the most fan votes will be identified.
The Greatest Moments voting will then have its own playoffs, as one moment will be eliminated at each playoff race, leaving five moments still in play entering the season-ending Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals. Fan voting will close prior to the beginning of the Auto Club NHRA Finals, and the fans’ top five will be unveiled during the race weekend.
Here is a snapshot look at the list of the 60 Greatest Moments in NHRA history (chronological order). A more detailed account of each moment will be released as each is posted for fan-voting throughout the course of the season.
1. Wally Parks founds NHRA (1951)
2. First NHRA-sanctioned event (1953)
3. Founding of NHRA Safety Safari (1954)
4. 1955 Indy Top Eliminator: Calvin Rice wins the first U.S. Nationals
5. National DRAGSTER founded (1960)
6. U.S. Nationals moves to permanent home at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis (1961)
7. Christmas Tree introduced (1963)
8. End of nitro ban returns fuel to sport (1964)
9. “Big Daddy” Don Garlits cracks 200-mph barrier (1964)
10. Shirley Shahan first woman to win NHRA event (1966)
11. 1967 Indy Top Fuel: “Big Daddy” shaves
12. Wally trophy introduced (1969)
13. Funny Car class introduced (1969)
14. Mattel sponsorship opens door to corporate involvement (1970)
15. 1970 Indy Top Fuel final: The Crash
16. Garlits wins in debut of rear-engine dragster (1971)
17. 1971 Indy Top Fuel final: The Burndown
18. Jim Dunn wins in rear-engine Funny Car (1972)
19. Mike Snively makes first five-second Top Fuel pass (1972)
20. Winston partnership (1975)
21. Garlits’ 5.63 at 250.69 at World Finals considered by many greatest run ever (1975)
22. Don “the Snake” Prudhomme records first Funny Car five-second run (1975)
23. Shirley Muldowney first woman to win in Top Fuel (1976, Columbus)
24. Prudhomme wins seven of eight national events (1976)
25. Muldowney first female world champ (1977)
26. Bob Glidden unbeaten for calendar year (1978-79)
27. 1978 Indy Funny Car final: “Mongoose” bites “Snake”
28. Allen wins dramatic 1981 Top Fuel crown by 2 mph
29. 1982 Springnationals all-female Top Fuel final
30. Prudhomme posts first 250-mph Funny Car pass (1982)
31. Connie Kalitta vs. Muldowney (1982 U.S. Nationals)
32. Prudhomme makes arguably greatest Funny Car run of all time (1982, Indy)
33. ”Big Daddy” makes return to Indy (1984)
34. Building of Texas Motorplex, first stadium dragstrip (1986)
35. Glidden first to reach 50 wins (1986)
36. Garlits’ big blowover (1986, Englishtown)
37. Entire national event schedule on television for first time (1986)
38. Gene Snow records first NHRA four-second run (1988)
39. Joe Amato edges Gary Ormsby in closest Top Fuel finish (1990)
40. Pat Austin first double winner (1991, Topeka)
41. Kenny Bernstein breaks 300-mph barrier (1992, Gainesville)
42. First Hot Rod Reunion organized (1992)
43. NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League founded (1992)
44. Four-second, 300-mph Funny Car barriers broken on same weekend (1993)
45. Kurt Johnson (6.988) records first Pro Stock six-second run (1994)
46. Bernstein first to win championships in Top Fuel and Funny Car (1996)
47. John Force first NHRA driver named Driver of the Year (1996)
48. Warren Johnson (200.13 mph) records first Pro Stock 200-mph run (1997)
49. NHRA Museum opened (1998)
50. Coke partnership (2001)
51. Bernsteins first father-son to share winner’s circle (Las Vegas, 2001)
52. Lucas Oil becomes NHRA Sportsman Series sponsor (2002)
53. John Force’s 100th victory (2002, Houston-2)
54. Andrew Hines (6.991) records first Pro Stock Motorcycle six-second run (2005)
55. Tony Schumacher wins title with “The Run” (2006, NHRA Finals)
56. Ashley Force Hood wins first race in Atlanta (2008)
57. Schumacher breaks all Top Fuel season records (2008)
58. Countdown introduced (2007)
59. Four-wide national event at zMAX Dragway (2010)
60. Force comeback, wins 15th championship (2010)
O’FALLON, MO (January 28, 2011) – While he did not race a year ago, J.R. Todd spent plenty of time at American Drag Racing League (ADRL) events in 2010.
One of his usual stops was the pit of Pro Extreme driver Alex Hossler, where the duo talked, hung out and quickly became good friends.
That friendship turned into a partnership as they now form a two-car Pro Extreme team headed by Rob Flynn, Mike Guger and Al-Anabi Racing.
As teammates, the relationship has been just as fruitful and each has made quite an impact in the Arabian Drag Racing League, winning a combined three races. Todd, a former Top Fuel standout in the NHRA, has proven to be quick-learner in his stunning ’57 Chevy, winning two races, while Hossler won the latest race at Qatar Racing Club (QRC).
Todd is currently in the points lead for the 2010-2011 with three races remaining, and the strong winter already has the team thinking big for the 2011 ADRL Tour.
“Hopefully we can pick up where we left off in Qatar here in the U.S.,” Todd said. “We’re going to run both cars and do whatever it takes to get them both in the ‘Battle For The Belts.’ Just to qualify in the ADRL is going to be a tough chore, but I’m looking forward to racing with (Hossler) here in the states. We both work together well and that’s what it takes.”
Todd struck up a friendship with Al-Anabi owner KH Al-Thani, which led to Todd attending a number of ADRL races during the 2010 season.
That eventually led to an offer to drive a PX car and his fast friendship with Hossler helped it become a two-car team.
Hossler has also enjoyed how the two cars have operated, as team has been behind every decision.
“We’re definitely doing it the right way,” Hossler said. “We trade information and we’re swapping parts back and forth, seeing how they react differently with engine combinations.
“It’s been awesome. I know if I can’t win, I want to see my teammate do well.”
Todd shares a similar notion and that teamwork is a key reason why the ultra-talented driver has gotten off to such a hot start in his Pro Extreme career.
Consistently putting up times in the low-to-mid 3.6s, Todd won Round Two at QRC, adding a second victory two races later.
He compared his Garrett Livingston-built ’57 Chevy, which he admitted is a real “head-turner,” to a Cadillac in terms of how well it has performed, and Todd has already exceeded his own expectations in Qatar.
“I’ve definitely been blown away with the results we’ve had so far,” Todd said. “These cars have always been appealing to me and when I got offered to drive one, I couldn’t turn it down.
“(The team) kind of thinks outside the box and things seem to work for us. It’s been a dream to drive and we haven’t missed a beat yet. It’s been a win-win all the way around.”
Hossler finally overcame a flurry of minor frustrations to win Round Five in Qatar, putting up a career-best 3.62 at more than 210 miles per hour in the process.
He has been impressed with the job Flynn and Guger have done, as they’ve pushed the envelope while still enabling his car to go down the track. Todd’s laid-back and easygoing attitude has also meshed well with Hossler’s intense personality.
“He’s super cool and he’s proven winner for sure,” Hossler said. “He’s already proven that in a door car. It’s always going to help (me) succeed being around people like that.”
Reaching the 3.5s is the next goal for both and, like Todd, Hossler is excited to see what the 2011 ADRL Tour will hold for the two-car team.
“There’s a lot of good cars out there,” Hossler said. “It’s going to be real tough, but it’s going to be fun.”
ABOUT THE ADRL
Based in O’Fallon, Missouri, the American Drag Racing League is the nation’s premier sanctioning body for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing. The professional categories featured in the ADRL are Pro Junior Dragster, Extreme Pro Stock, Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Extreme 10.5, Pro Nitrous and Pro Extreme, the quickest doorslammer class in all of drag racing. The 2011 ADRL tour consists of nine national events run throughout the United States. For more information on the ADRL, visit www.ADRL.us
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Jan. 27, 2011) — The Super Chevy Show has been a fixture on the automotive event circuit since the late 1970’s, and in a way of celebrating its history, the series is honoring “Winners from the First 30 Years”.
The second of the series features the story of Pennsylvania’s Mike Yannessa, who has performed a triple play of sorts at Super Chevy Show events over the years. He’s competed as a racer, a car show entrant and been a vendor.
He’s also been a winner, taking first at the Maple Grove Super Chevy Show in 1982 with his ’82 Chevy Camaro Pace Car.
“Although I never won in racing, I have appeared in the magazine with the original “Big Red” 1968 Camaro RS/Z28,” Yannessa said. “In 2008, my barn-fresh 1931 Chevy Roadster won first in its class. That vehicle has an incredible story by itself.”
Yannessa also won in 2010 with his 1967 Camaro Coupe.
“It took second in its class and received a Top 10 Editors’ Choice Award,” Yannessa said. “It is cream with a black vinyl top and has a rare factory-installed 273:1, 12-bolt rear-end with a traction-bar bracket. This rear-end was supposed to be only installed in Z/28 cars. It is one of five cars known to exist.”
The Camaro along with his “Big Red” Camaro have also been photographed in Super Chevy Magazine.
But the story of winning success doesn’t end there for Yannessa, whose day job is as the owner of Wheels in Motion, which specializes in classic, antique and muscle cars. One of his employees — Colin Montgomery — and two of his customers — Kevin Johnson and Robert Miller — also won respective classes at past Super Chevy Show events.
Montgomery won in 2008, with his 1988 Caprice Lowrider, while Johnson also won in 2008 with his 1968 Chevy Camaro Funny Car, titled, “Glory Daze.” Miller has several wins with his slick green 1996 Chevy Impala SS.
“I have quite a history with the Super Chevy Show,” Yannessa said.
SCSW, LLC., the new ownership group for the Super Chevy Show series, is encouraging as many past car show and bracket race winners as possible to send in their story along with a picture of their winning car to be posted on www.superchevyshow.com and shared with other enthusiasts. Please submit your story and photo today by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org