AUBURN HILLS, Mich.,
March 5, 2021 /PRNewswire/
- Prestigious U.S. Nationals joins lineup of five event title
- Mopar and Dodge//SRT brands expand support of National Hot Rod
Association (NHRA) Drag Racing series in 70th anniversary
- Addition of prestigious NHRA U.S. Nationals to Mopar and
Dodge//SRT portfolio of event title sponsorships with multiyear
- Extension of NHRA national event title sponsorships include
Denver and Reading, Pennsylvania, and reprised roles as
title sponsors at Houston and
- Mopar and Dodge//SRT extend relationship with Don Schumacher
Racing (DSR) and enter into 19th season with the winningest
organization in NHRA history
- Continued Sportsman class support with contingency programs,
the return of the Dodge HEMI® Challenge, and the upcoming debut of
the fourth-generation Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak are all
slated for the 2021 season
The Mopar and Dodge//SRT (Street and Racing Technology)
performance brands are bolstering their relationship with the
National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) as the series gets set to
celebrate 70 years of drag-racing history with the start of the
2021 Camping World Series season.
The two partnering brands, long known for their involvement in
motorsports, will expand their support of the premier drag-racing
series to include the title sponsorship of the Dodge//SRT U.S.
Nationals in Indianapolis, the
68th edition of the NHRA's prestigious cornerstone event and
world's biggest drag-racing competition.
Mopar and Dodge//SRT brands are also extending their title
sponsorship support of national events at Bandimere Speedway in
Denver, the longest running
sponsorship in NHRA and one of longest in all of motorsports, and
Maple Grove Raceway in Reading,
Pennsylvania, while reprising their sponsorship of the
Houston and Las Vegas races.
The 2021 NHRA season's 21-race calendar will see Mopar and
Dodge//SRT divide title sponsorship duties at five NHRA national
- May 21-23 – Mopar Express Lane
NHRA SpringNationals Presented by Pennzoil (Houston)
- July 16-18 – Dodge//SRT Mile-High
NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil (Denver)
- Sept. 1-5 – Dodge//SRT U.S.
- Sept. 10-12 – Mopar Express Lane
NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil (Reading, Pennsylvania)
- Oct. 29-Nov. 1 – Dodge//SRT NHRA
Nationals Presented by Pennzoil (Las
"The performance legacy of Dodge and SRT is forever intertwined
with the NHRA and taking on title sponsorship of the U.S. Nationals
further enhances that connection to our roots," said Tim Kuniskis,
Dodge Brand Chief Executive Officer - Stellantis. "If there's one
thing Dodge//SRT performance-car customers have in common, it's a
passion for the feeling you get when you experience NHRA racing for
yourself. We try to build a part of that experience into every
Dodge//SRT Hellcat Charger, Challenger and Durango you can buy.
"NHRA drag racing is a great example of how on-track performance
is translated by our engineers to the benefit of our Dodge//SRT
performance vehicles," added Kuniskis. "Dodge literally sells the
same cars you'll see racing in the NHRA's Sportsman classes. And
much of what we learn in the series' premier classes finds its way
into our Dodge//SRT Chargers, Challengers and Durangos."
"As the ultimate exhibition of horsepower for passionate
motorsports enthusiasts, NHRA drag racing is the perfect place to
showcase the Mopar brand," said Mark
Bosanac, North America Vice President, Mopar Service, Parts & Customer Care. "As
the defending NHRA Funny Car world champions, we look forward to
adding to our extensive list of accomplishments and wins. In
addition, we are pleased to announce that Mopar Express Lane will
return as the title sponsor for the national race event in
Reading that kicks off the NHRA
Countdown to the Championship."
Decades-long Legacy in the NHRA
Since the NHRA's founding in 1951 by Wally
Parks, the family of Mopar and Dodge brand vehicles and
parts has forever left its mark, not just in NHRA record books, but
in the hearts of drivers, tuners and fans captivated by their
performances. The drag strip is where the brands built their
reputation, which began in 1963 with the domination of the
426-cubic-inch Max Wedge V-8 engine in the Stock and Super Stock
classes. Next came the introduction of the legendary 426 HEMI®
engine, whose basic architecture has been used in Top Fuel and
Funny Car classes for decades and continues today. The history of
success in the pro ranks of Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock
includes a combined total of 1,280 national event title wins and 79
NHRA world championship titles.
Much of Mopar and Dodge brands' most recent success in the NHRA
has been earned in the more than 10,000-horsepower nitro-fueled
(Funny Car and Top Fuel) classes where competitors reach speeds in
excess of 330 mph. The return of HEMI-powered machines to the track
in March will signal the start of a 19th season for Mopar and
Dodge//SRT brands' long-standing relationship with Don Schumacher
Racing (DSR), the winningest organization in NHRA history.
After securing the 2020 Funny Car World Championship, a third
with Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye driver Matt Hagan (2011, 2014, 2020) at the helm, Mopar
and Dodge//SRT are extending their relationship with DSR through
2021. Their association first blossomed in 1971 when rookie driver
Don Schumacher drove a HEMI-powered
Funny Car for the first time at the U.S. Nationals and won the
national title, was formalized with the DSR team in 2003, and has
since yielded 13 NHRA world championships and 278 event wins (161
Funny Car, 111 Top Fuel, three Pro Stock and three Factory Super
Stock). Mopar and Dodge//SRT primary paint schemes will be featured
again on Hagan's Funny Car and Leah
Pruett's Top Fuel dragster throughout the 2021 season.
Supporting Legions of Grassroots Racers in Sportsman
Continued Mopar and Dodge//SRT brand support in the Sportsman
classes continues into the NHRA's 70th anniversary season,
beginning with the 52nd annual Gatornationals at Gainesville
Raceway in Florida, March 12-14. The Mopar Contingency Program
continues its long-running presentation of monetary awards to
recognize wins or runner-up finishes for grassroots racers running
a Mopar contingency decal and using specified parts, including the
brand's valve covers, intake manifolds and cylinder heads.
Similarly, the Dodge Top Finisher Award will provide cash prizes to
Stock Eliminator and Super Stock drivers of a Mopar-powered Dodge,
Chrysler or Plymouth race car,
which advances the furthest in eliminations at each 2021 NHRA
The brands' Sportsman class support will also be highlighted by
the return of the Dodge HEMI Challenge, a fan-favorite showcase of
iconic 426 HEMI-powered Super Stock 1968 Dodge Darts and Plymouth
Barracudas battling head-to-head, set celebrate its 20th
anniversary during the 2021 Dodge U.S. Nationals, Sept.
Mopar and Dodge//SRT will also debut the much anticipated
fourth-generation Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak this NHRA season
in the Factory Stock Showdown, an eight-race series in the
Sportsman class, with DSR-prepared entries driven by Pruett and
Mark Pawuk. Additionally,
Mopar, Dodge//SRT and NHRA have teamed up for a multi-year full
media package that will include NHRA on FOX commercials and
integration. In order to share the brands' enthusiasm with fans
attending races, Dodge//SRT and Mopar offer a massive
4,800-square-foot exhibit, one of the largest displays in the
NHRA's Manufacturers Midway. Among the exhibit's interactive
features are Dodge Challenger SRT Demon simulators for competitive
NHRA fans to virtually race themselves, as well as the opportunity
to see and feel the experience of drag racing from the driver's
seat aboard an actual Mopar Dodge Charger Funny Car simulator.
To follow Dodge//SRT and Mopar during the 2021 NHRA Camping
World Drag Racing Series season, visit Dodge Garage, a digital
content hub for muscle car and race enthusiasts.
Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) offers
exceptional service, parts and customer-care. Born in 1937 as the
name of a line of antifreeze products, the Mopar brand has evolved
over more than 80 years to represent both complete vehicle care and
authentic performance for owners and enthusiasts worldwide.
Mopar made its mark in the 1960s during the muscle-car era with
performance parts to enhance speed and handling for both on-road
and racing use. Later, the brand expanded to include technical
service and customer support. Today, Mopar integrates service,
parts and customer-care operations in order to enhance customer and
dealer support worldwide.
Complete information on the Mopar brand is available
at www.mopar.com. Mopar is part of the portfolio of
brands offered by leading global automaker and mobility provider
Stellantis. For more information regarding Stellantis (NYSE: STLA),
please visit www.stellantis.com.
For more than 100 years, the Dodge brand has carried on the spirit
of brothers John and Horace Dodge.
Their influence continues today as Dodge shifts into high gear with
muscle cars and SUVs that deliver unrivaled performance in each of
the segments where they compete.
2021 marks the year that Dodge is
distilled into a pure performance brand, offering Hellcat-powered,
700-plus-horsepower SRT versions of every model across the lineup.
For the 2021 model year, Dodge delivers the drag-strip dominating
807-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock, the new
797-horsepower Dodge Charger SRT Redeye, the most powerful and
fastest mass-produced sedan in the world, and the new
710-horsepower Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat, the most powerful SUV
ever. Combined, these three muscle cars make Dodge the industry's
most powerful brand, offering more horsepower than any other
American brand across its entire lineup.
In 2020, Dodge was named the "#1 Brand in Initial Quality,"
making it the first domestic brand ever to rank No. 1 in the J.D.
Power Initial Quality Study (IQS). The Dodge brand also ranked No.
1 in the J.D. Power APEAL Study (mass market). These results are
historic because it marks the first time a domestic brand has
earned top spots in both J.D. Power studies in the same year.
Dodge is part of the portfolio of brands offered by leading
global automaker and mobility provider Stellantis. For more
information regarding Stellantis (NYSE: STLA), please visit
DodgeGarage: Digital Hub for Drag Racing News
Fans can follow all the NHRA's action this season at DodgeGarage,
the one-stop portal for Dodge//SRT and Mopar drag-racing news. The
site includes daily updates and access to an online racing HQ,
news, events, galleries, available downloads, and merchandise. For
more information, visit www.dodgegarage.com.
@DodgeMoparMotorsports on Instagram
@DodgeMoparMotorsports Instagram channel continues to share content
capturing Dodge//SRT Mopar drivers on the track. Fans can see
action from the NHRA Camping World
Drag Racing Series and NHRA Sportsman grassroots racers competing
in classes such as Factory Stock Showdown, Stock and Super Stock,
as well as additional motorsports series.
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