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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

Dodge Charger Funny Car Pilot Johnson Jr. on Top at First Race of NHRA Countdown

Dodge Charger Funny Car Pilot Johnson Jr. on Top at First Race of NHRA Countdown

· Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Mopar Dodge Charger R/T driver Tommy Johnson Jr. claims Funny Car pole at NHRA Carolina Nationals
· Mopar scores 12th No. 1 of season
· DSR’s Ron Capps leading points heading into raceday, pads lead with bonus qualifying marks in HEMI®-powered Funny Car
· Tony Schumacher, Leah Pritchett aiming to claim first Countdown victory in DSR Mopar-powered Top Fuel dragsters
· Dodge Dart Pro Stock cars dialed in for Sunday eliminations, HEMI-fueled Allen Johnson starting from top half
· David Collette powers to Super Stock class victory in 2011 V-10 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak
· Mopar History at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte

Concord, North Carolina (September 17, 2016) – Tommy Johnson Jr. stood strong at the conclusion of qualifying for the first race of NHRA’s 2016 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship, and he wheeled his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T right to the top of the pack at the NHRA Carolina Nationals to score his first low qualifier award of the season and reel in the twelfth No. 1 of the season for Team Mopar. Johnson, who begins the six-race playoffs as the No. 7 seed, will be looking for his second victory of the season on Sunday at zMAX Dragway. Continue reading Dodge Charger Funny Car Pilot Johnson Jr. on Top at First Race of NHRA Countdown

Team Mopar in Hot Pursuit of NHRA Championship

Team Mopar in Hot Pursuit of NHRA Championship
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· NHRA’s 2016 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship set to begin in Charlotte
· Nine Mopar-powered drag racers set to contend for season title across three professional categories
· Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Mopar Dodge Charger R/T driver Ron Capps enters Countdown as Funny Car points leader
· Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger pilot Matt Hagan, DSR teammates Jack Beckman, Tommy Johnson Jr. looking to win for Mopar
· DSR Mopar-powered Tony Schumacher, Leah Pritchett to race for Top Fuel trophy
· Team Mopar’s Erica Enders, Jeg Coughlin Jr., and Mopar-powered Allen Johnson in Pro Stock championship hunt
· Countdown to the Championship points reset
· Six-race 2016 Countdown to the Championship playoffs schedule Continue reading Team Mopar in Hot Pursuit of NHRA Championship

Mopar Revving Up to Rock Reading with Mopar Mega Block Party

Mopar Revving Up to Rock Reading with Mopar Mega Block Party

· Free admission fan event set for Thursday, September 29, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading, Pennsylvania
· Inaugural Mopar Mega Block Party kick starts NHRA Keystone Nationals race weekend
· Entertainment includes Mopar car show, NHRA driver home run derby, mega fireworks display, trio of bands and much more
· Team Mopar drivers to take part in hour-long fan autograph session
· Mopar Mega Block Party information available at http://www.moparserviceinfo.com Continue reading Mopar Revving Up to Rock Reading with Mopar Mega Block Party

Funny Car’s Matt Hagan Puts Mopar Dodge in Winner’s Circle at NHRA U.S. Nationals

Funny Car’s Matt Hagan Puts Mopar Dodge in Winner’s Circle at NHRA U.S. Nationals

· Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T driver Matt Hagan wins U.S. Nationals from No. 1 spot
· Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) driver Hagan claims 10th win of season for Team Mopar Funny Cars
· U.S. Nationals victory is Hagan’s third of 2016 Mello Yello Series season and 21st of career
· DSR’s Tony Schumacher makes it a double for Mopar with victory in his HEMI-fueled U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster
· Championship hopeful Allen Johnson takes Mopar power to the Pro Stock final round with his Dodge Dart
· Final points set for 2016 NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs

Indianapolis, Indiana (September 5, 2016) – The 62nd annual U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis brought victory for Team Mopar in the form of a double-up win on Labor Day weekend ahead of the Countdown to the Championship. Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) driver Matt Hagan, in the Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T, crushed the competition with his fierce HEMI® to claim the Funny Car title at the most prestigious race on the tour. Continue reading Funny Car’s Matt Hagan Puts Mopar Dodge in Winner’s Circle at NHRA U.S. Nationals