Category Archives: Mopar Racing

Mopar Racing–Gainesville Wrap-Up

Schumacher Gives Mopar
Third Consecutive Top Fuel Victory
to Start 2017 at NHRA Gatornationals

Mopar-powered Tony Schumacher wins 83rd career Top Fuel event, fifth at Gatornationals
Mopar and Dodge continue early season success with third consecutive Top Fuel win and No. 1 spot to start 2017 season
Matt Hagan in Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car, Make-A-Wish Mopar Dodge driver Tommy Johnson Jr. run to semifinals
Mopar and Dodge hold three of top four positions in Funny Car points, top two in Top Fuel
Mike Volkman advances to Super Stock final round with 2000 Chrysler Sebring, claims Dodge Top Finisher honors
Geoffrey Turk qualifies for first Factory Stock Showdown of the year in 2015 Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak
March 19, 2017, (Gainesville, Fla.) – The streak continues. A Mopar-powered Top Fuel dragster raced to the winner’s circle for the third consecutive NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event to start 2017, as eight-time champion Tony Schumacher won the prestigious NHRA Gatornationals for the fifth time in his career. Continue reading Mopar Racing–Gainesville Wrap-Up

Schumacher Leads Mopar-powered Drivers at 48th Annual NHRA Gatornationals with 81st Career No. 1 Qualifier Position

Schumacher Leads Mopar-powered Drivers at 48th Annual NHRA Gatornationals with 81st Career No. 1 Qualifier Position

Mopar-powered Tony Schumacher qualifies in No. 1 spot in Top Fuel for 81st time in his career
Mopar power three-for-three in Top Fuel qualifying in 2017
Five Dodge Charger R/T Funny Cars qualify for 16-car field
Leah Pritchett defeats Papa John’s Pizza founder and CEO John Schnatter in Charity Challenge match race
Eileen Daniels presented with Pat Garlits Award at International Drag Racing Hall of Fame induction
March 18, 2017 (Gainesville, Fla.) – The Mopar and Dodge-backed teams out of the Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) stable continued their early-season roll during qualifying for the prestigious 48th Annual NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. Eight-time Top Fuel champ Tony Schumacher set a track record for elapsed time during round two of qualifying on Friday with a pass of 3.682 seconds at 328.22 mph and held on through all of Saturday to claim the top spot on the ladder going into Sunday’s eliminations. It’s the 81st No. 1 qualifier position of his illustrious career. Continue reading Schumacher Leads Mopar-powered Drivers at 48th Annual NHRA Gatornationals with 81st Career No. 1 Qualifier Position

Mopar and Dodge Perfect in NHRA Nitro Competition as Hagan, Pritchett Victorious Again at NHRA Arizona Nationals

Mopar and Dodge Perfect in NHRA Nitro Competition as Hagan, Pritchett Victorious Again at NHRA Arizona Nationals

Matt Hagan wins second straight event and 24th Funny Car event of his career in the Mopar Sandvik/Coromant Dodge Charger R/T
Leah Pritchett wins second consecutive Top Fuel event and third of her career in the Papa John’s Pizza/Mopar Pennzoil Dragster
Two Dodge Charger R/T Funny Cars advance to final round; four Dodge Charger R/T machines appear in semifinals Continue reading Mopar and Dodge Perfect in NHRA Nitro Competition as Hagan, Pritchett Victorious Again at NHRA Arizona Nationals

Pritchett Sets Top Fuel Record, Johnson Takes Funny Car Top Spot to Lead Mopar and Dodge in NHRA Arizona Nationals Qualifying

Pritchett Sets Top Fuel Record, Johnson Takes Funny Car Top Spot to Lead Mopar and Dodge in NHRA Arizona Nationals Qualifying

Leah Pritchett sets national record in Papa John’s Pizza/Mopar Pennzoil Top Fuel Dragster
Tommy Johnson Jr. qualifies Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car in No. 1 position
Mopar has swept all Nitro qualifying top spots to date in 2017
February 25, 2017 (Chandler, Arizona) – Mopar is now two-for-two in Nitro qualifying on the young season, as Mopar-powered Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) drivers Leah Pritchett and Tommy Johnson Jr. took the top spots in Top Fuel and Funny Car, respectively, during qualifying for the 33rd Annual NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. The No. 1 positions come on the heels of a Mopar and Dodge No. 1 sweep in Nitro during the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona two weeks ago. Continue reading Pritchett Sets Top Fuel Record, Johnson Takes Funny Car Top Spot to Lead Mopar and Dodge in NHRA Arizona Nationals Qualifying

Hagan and Pritchett Dominate, Double Up for Mopar and Dodge at 57th NHRA Winternationals

Hagan and Pritchett Dominate, Double Up for Mopar and Dodge at 57th NHRA Winternationals

Matt Hagan wins 23rd Funny Car event of his career in Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T

Mopar-powered Dodge Charger R/T drivers take three of top five spots in Funny Car point standings to start season
Leah Pritchett wins second national event in Top Fuel, first at hometown track in Papa John’s Pizza/Mopar Pennzoil Dragster Continue reading Hagan and Pritchett Dominate, Double Up for Mopar and Dodge at 57th NHRA Winternationals

Mopar and Dodge Drivers Hagan and Pritchett Start Season with Dual No. 1 Qualifying Efforts at NHRA Winternationals

Mopar and Dodge Drivers Hagan and Pritchett Start Season with Dual No. 1 Qualifying Efforts at NHRA Winternationals

Matt Hagan claims pole in Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T, ties own time and national speed record
Papa John’s Pizza/Mopar Pennzoil driver and Southern California native Leah Pritchett takes second career pole at hometown track
Seven Dodge Charger R/T machines qualify for Funny Car eliminations
February 11, 2017 (Pomona, California) – The first qualifying rounds of the 2017 NHRA schedule are in the books, and Mopar is two-for-two in Nitro qualifying on the young season. Don Schumacher Racing’s Matt Hagan led the contingent of seven Mopar-powered Funny Cars in a field of 18 to win the pole during the 57th NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, tying two of his own records along the way. Mopar-powered Top Fuel driver Leah Pritchett also collected her second career top qualifying spot to give Mopar the first two Nitro No. 1 qualifying positions of 2017. Continue reading Mopar and Dodge Drivers Hagan and Pritchett Start Season with Dual No. 1 Qualifying Efforts at NHRA Winternationals

Mopar and Dodge Begin Championship Chase, Celebrate 80 Years of Mopar as 2017 NHRA Season Blasts Off

Mopar and Dodge Begin Championship Chase, Celebrate 80 Years of Mopar as 2017 NHRA Season Blasts Off

Four-driver Mopar Dodge Charger R/T NHRA Funny Car squad competes to capture fifth title in seven seasons

Leah Pritchett back in Mopar/Pennzoil Top Fuel Dragster, looks to build off top-ten finish

Mopar and Dodge put focus on NHRA Sportsman racers, Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak drivers for 2017 season
February 6, 2017 (Auburn Hills, Michigan) – When the fastest race cars on the planet roar to life this week for the NHRA Winternationals, a fleet of Mopar-powered Dodge machines will be among the front-runners at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. Drivers and teams will also continue the yearlong Mopar 80th anniversary celebration at the 2017 season-starter as they look to add to the brand’s rich drag racing tradition. Continue reading Mopar and Dodge Begin Championship Chase, Celebrate 80 Years of Mopar as 2017 NHRA Season Blasts Off

Mopar Announces Initiatives to Support NHRA Racers in 2017

Mopar Announces Initiatives to Support NHRA Racers in 2017

Mopar and Dodge Team up for Factory-backed Support of Amateur Racers

· Mopar and Dodge team up to support three factory-backed Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak cars in ‘17
· “Magneti Marelli Offered by Mopar Drag Pak Rewards” program supports modern-day package car amateur racers
· FCA US LLC engineers to provide racers technical support at all 24 NHRA National events in 2017
· New Dodge brand exhibit to join Mopar display trailer on NHRA Manufacturers Midway at 15 National events
· Mopar HEMI® Challenge, Sportsman Appreciation Night and Tom Hoover Challenge also continue in 2017 Continue reading Mopar Announces Initiatives to Support NHRA Racers in 2017

Mopar and Dodge Awarded 2016 NHRA Manufacturers Cup

Mopar and Dodge Awarded 2016 NHRA Manufacturers Cup

· Mopar and Dodge cap championship NHRA season with coveted NHRA Manufacturers Cup
· Current-year model Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Cars and Dodge Dart Pro Stock cars lead charge for Cup
· Mopar wins Manufacturers Cup for first time since 1970
· Mopar-powered drag cars win 15 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series trophies to secure title

Auburn Hills, Michigan (November 15, 2016) – Through dedication, perseverance, and with a generous supply of HEMI® horsepower, the Mopar and Dodge brands have achieved a remarkable goal in earning NHRA’s 2016 Manufacturers Cup. The cup was presented to Mopar representatives during the season-closing NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series awards ceremony in Hollywood on Monday night, just following the NHRA Finals where Ron Capps was awarded the Funny Car championship for a brilliant season-long performance in his Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Mopar Dodge Charger R/T. Continue reading Mopar and Dodge Awarded 2016 NHRA Manufacturers Cup

Mopar Caps Championship Season with Win for Tommy Johnson Jr. at NHRA Finals

Mopar Caps Championship Season with Win for Tommy Johnson Jr. at NHRA Finals
· Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car driver Tommy Johnson Jr. scores final win of 2016 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season
· Mopar locks down top three positions in Funny Car points, all four Funny Cars finish top five
· DSR driver Johnson’s win is 15th of his career, third of season in sixth final round
· Johnson’s victory is 14th of season for Mopar in Funny Car category
· Mopar reaches 18 final rounds in 24 events in 2016, including nine all-Mopar Funny Car finals to conclude an extraordinary year
· DSR Top Fuel newcomer Leah Pritchett earns first top 10 finish behind the wheel of HEMI®-powered dragster Continue reading Mopar Caps Championship Season with Win for Tommy Johnson Jr. at NHRA Finals

Mopar Funny Car Driver Ron Capps Wins First NHRA Funny Car Championship

Mopar Funny Car Driver Ron Capps Wins First NHRA Funny Car Championship
· Mopar Dodge Charger R/T driver Ron Capps scores long-awaited first NHRA Funny Car championship at NHRA Finals in Pomona
· Capps’ championship is sixth overall in six seasons in NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series for Mopar
· Mopar claims fourth Funny Car championship in six seasons
· Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) driver Capps claims five trophies in 10 final rounds en route to championship title
· DSR Mopar Dodge Charger pilot Jack Beckman earns Funny Car pole at final race of 2016 season
· Beckman’s track record-setting run in final session is second-quickest pass in history of NHRA Funny Car
· Beckman’s pole is his sixth of the season, 16th of year for Mopar Continue reading Mopar Funny Car Driver Ron Capps Wins First NHRA Funny Car Championship

Hagan, Capps Fight for Championship, Take Mopar Dodge Funny Cars to Semis at NHRA Vegas

Hagan, Capps Fight for Championship, Take Mopar Dodge Funny Cars to Semis at NHRA Vegas

· Points leader Ron Capps, driver of Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Mopar Dodge Charger R/T, reaches semifinals at NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas
· DSR’s Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T driver Matt Hagan keeps Funny Car championship hopes alive with Las Vegas semifinals finish
· Team Mopar leaves Las Vegas on the cusp of earning Funny Car championship with drivers 1-2-3-4 in points
· HEMI®-powered Top Fuel driver Leah Pritchett drives DSR dragster to semifinals to strengthen career-best finish Continue reading Hagan, Capps Fight for Championship, Take Mopar Dodge Funny Cars to Semis at NHRA Vegas

Dodge Charger Funny Car Driver Jack Beckman Claims Pole at NHRA Vegas

Dodge Charger Funny Car Driver Jack Beckman Claims Pole at NHRA Vegas

· Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) driver Jack Beckman claims fifth No. 1 of season in Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
· Pole is 20th of Beckman’s career, 14th of the season for Mopar Funny Cars
· Funny Car points leader Ron Capps pads lead, picks up bonus points in each qualifying session in powerful Dodge Charger
· Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger campaigner Matt Hagan dominates on day one in Vegas, settles into No. 2 spot in final qualifying
· Mopar-powered Leah Pritchett drives DSR Top Fuel dragster to No. 2 position
· History of Mopar at fall event in Las Vegas Continue reading Dodge Charger Funny Car Driver Jack Beckman Claims Pole at NHRA Vegas

Marathon Petroleum Team Turns Corner in Countdown, Heads to Las Vegas

Marathon Petroleum Team Turns Corner in Countdown, Heads to Las Vegas

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (October 24, 2016) – Coming off an announcement last week that Marathon Petroleum is renewing their sponsorship with J&J Racing in 2017, Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson heads to Las Vegas with the “bad luck monkey” off their back to compete at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“We’re tickled to death that they [Marathon Petroleum] thought enough of our program to renew it,” Johnson said. “I’m a partner with them in business so this whole deal holds a lot of value.” Continue reading Marathon Petroleum Team Turns Corner in Countdown, Heads to Las Vegas

Hagan Triumphs Over Capps in Mopar vs. Mopar Funny Car Final at Texas NHRA FallNationals

Hagan Triumphs Over Capps in Mopar vs. Mopar Funny Car Final at Texas NHRA FallNationals

· Pennzoil/Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T NHRA Funny Car driver Matt Hagan defeats teammate Ron Capps in money round at Texas Motorplex near Dallas
· Hagan earns his fourth victory of year, 13th for a Mopar Dodge Funny Car
· NHRA FallNationals features third consecutive and ninth overall all-Mopar Funny Car final of season
· Mopar HEMI®-powered Funny Car driver Capps advances to 100th final round, extends points lead to 64 markers with two races left
· Four Mopar-powered Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Funny Car drivers hold 1-4 spots
· Make-A-Wish Dodge Funny Car driver Tommy Johnson Jr. exits early but remains second and very much in hunt for championship
· Jack Beckman in fourth points position after losing to Capps in quarterfinals
· Mopar Top Fuel dragster racer Leah Pritchett qualifies No. 2, falls in second round
· NHRA Sportsman racer James Caro takes Super Stock class win in 2010 Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak Continue reading Hagan Triumphs Over Capps in Mopar vs. Mopar Funny Car Final at Texas NHRA FallNationals

Johnson Jr. Wins All-Mopar Funny Car Final at Dodge NHRA Nationals

Johnson Jr. Wins All-Mopar Funny Car Final at Dodge NHRA Nationals

· Mopar claims victory at Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in eighth all-Mopar Funny Car final of 2016
· Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T pilot Tommy Johnson takes top honors in third consecutive final
· Johnson defeats DSR teammate and fellow Dodge Charger Funny Car driver Ron Capps in final
· Capps retains Funny Car points lead, No. 2 Johnson moves to within 24 marks of top spot
· Mopar drivers now 1-2-3-4 in Funny Car standings
· Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger Funny Car driver Matt Hagan moves up from No. 6 to No. 4 in points
· Jack Beckman wheels Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T to Maple Grove Raceway track record
· No. 1 qualifier Leah Pritchett breaks career-best numbers DSR’s Mopar-branded Top Fuel dragster
· NHRA Fallnationals in Dallas next on NHRA tour, fourth race of six in 2016 Countdown to the Championship

Reading, Pennsylvania (October 2, 2016) – The third race of NHRA’s Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship concluded with yet another victory for Mopar in the eighth all-Mopar final round of the season and second in a row. When it was all said and done, Tommy Johnson Jr., driver of the Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T, was celebrating in the Dodge NHRA Nationals winner’s circle with his Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) team after defeating teammate and points leader Ron Capps at Maple Grove Raceway. Continue reading Johnson Jr. Wins All-Mopar Funny Car Final at Dodge NHRA Nationals

Mopar Campaigners Hagan, Pritchett No. 1 in Qualifying at NHRA Dodge Nationals

Mopar Campaigners Hagan, Pritchett No. 1 in Qualifying at NHRA Dodge Nationals

· Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car driver Matt Hagan No. 1 at Dodge NHRA Nationals
· Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) driver Hagan resets both ends of Maple Grove Raceway track record
· DSR nitro pilot Leah Pritchett takes Mopar Top Fuel dragster to a career-best 3.705-second pass to claim first career No. 1
· Qualifying abbreviated to just one session due to weather at NHRA Dodge Nationals
· DSR Mopar Dodge Funny Car driver Tommy Johnson Jr. No. 2 in qualifying on heels of back-to-back final rounds
· Mopar scores 13th Funny Car No. 1 of season with Dodge NHRA Nationals pole

Reading, Pennsylvania (October 1, 2016) – Wet weather completely erased the first day of qualifying for the Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, but the second day brought dryer conditions for the first session paired with cool weather that translated to quick passes down the drag strip for Team Mopar while others struggled. Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) pilot Matt Hagan, in the Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car, came out on top for the 26th time in his career, and DSR’s Mopar Top Fuel dragster driver Leah Pritchett earned her first No. 1 qualifier award as a professional nitro competitor. Continue reading Mopar Campaigners Hagan, Pritchett No. 1 in Qualifying at NHRA Dodge Nationals

All-Mopar Funny Car St. Louis Final Ends with Win for Dodge Charger Pilot Jack Beckman

All-Mopar Funny Car St. Louis Final Ends with Win for Dodge Charger Pilot Jack Beckman

· Mopar claims top honors at NHRA Midwest Nationals near St. Louis in seventh all-Mopar Funny Car final of 2016
· Jack Beckman wheels Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T to victory at Gateway Motorsports Park, scores second win of season
· Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T driver Tommy Johnson Jr. powers to second consecutive final round in NHRA Countdown to the Championship
· Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) driver Beckman makes fifth, teammate Johnson makes fourth final of season for Mopar
· Beckman moves from No. 8 to No. 3; Johnson moves from No. 4 to No. 2 in the Funny Car championship points
· DSR Mopar Dodge Charger Funny Car campaigner Ron Capps reaches semifinals, retains points lead heading into third race of Countdown
· Tony Schumacher races to final round in driver’s seat of HEMI®-powered U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster, now No. 3 in points
· Mopar powers to victory in Sportsman categories at NHRA Midwest Nationals
· Reading’s Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway next on NHRA tour, third race of 2016 Countdown to the Championship Continue reading All-Mopar Funny Car St. Louis Final Ends with Win for Dodge Charger Pilot Jack Beckman

Dodge Charger Funny Car Driver Jack Beckman Leads Mopar in NHRA Midwest Nationals Qualifying

Dodge Charger Funny Car Driver Jack Beckman Leads Mopar in NHRA Midwest Nationals Qualifying

· Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Mopar Dodge Charger R/T driver Jack Beckman qualifies No. 2 at NHRA Midwest Nationals in St. Louis
· DSR Mopar Dodge Charger Funny Cars all in top half of St. Louis field; Ron Capps No. 3, Matt Hagan No. 5, Tommy Johnson Jr. No. 8
· Funny Car points leader Capps claims three bonus qualifying points to extend lead in HEMI®-powered Funny Car
· Tony Schumacher, Leah Pritchett situated in top half in DSR Mopar-powered Top Fuel dragsters
· Team Mopar has history of victory at Gateway Motorsports Park Continue reading Dodge Charger Funny Car Driver Jack Beckman Leads Mopar in NHRA Midwest Nationals Qualifying

Mopar Funny Car Driver Johnson Jr. Launches into Countdown with Final Round

Mopar Funny Car Driver Johnson Jr. Launches into Countdown with Final Round

· Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T driver Tommy Johnson Jr. wheels his way to final round at first race of Countdown to the Championship
· Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) driver Johnson makes third final of season after qualifying No. 1 at NHRA Carolina Nationals
· Johnson moves up from No. 7 to No. 4 in the Funny Car championship points
· DSR Mopar Dodge Charger Funny Car campaigner Ron Capps reaches semifinals, retains points lead heading into second race of Countdown
· St. Louis and NHRA Midwest Nationals next on NHRA tour, second race of 2016 Countdown to the Championship

Concord, North Carolina (September 18, 2016) – The Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T piloted by Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) driver Tommy Johnson Jr. dominated the Funny Car field when it mattered most during qualifying at the NHRA Carolina Nationals and produced a start from the pole for the Avon, Indiana-based competitor. On Sunday, at the first race of six in the 2016 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship, Johnson was again on a sweet ride as the monstrous HEMI® under the hood took him all the way to the final round. Continue reading Mopar Funny Car Driver Johnson Jr. Launches into Countdown with Final Round