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Mopar Drivers Look to Celebrate Brand’s 80th Anniversary in Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals!

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    Mopar Drivers Look to Celebrate Brand’s 80th Anniversary in Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals Winner’s Circle

    • 38th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals scheduled for July 21-23 at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado
    • 16th annual Mopar Mile-High Block Party fan event July 20 in downtown Golden will kick start race weekend and serve as Mopar 80th birthday celebration
    • Mopar Mile-High Block Party to feature Mopar NHRA driver autograph session, live music, vendors, interactive displays, show cars and more
    • Mopar NHRA drivers Matt Hagan, Leah Pritchett to battle in first-ever match races featuring 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demons
    • Mopar HEMI® power currently holds four of top five points positions in NHRA Funny Car standings, Mopar Funny Cars have won 12 of 13 events this year
    • “King of the Mountain” Allen Johnson looks to extend decade of Denver dominance in Pro Stock
    • Mopar to honor local first responders as event Grand Marshals
    • Event eliminations to be broadcast live on national FOX Network
    July 17, 2017 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The Mopar brand’s year-long 80th anniversary celebration will reach a fever pitch when the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series begins its yearly Western Swing at the 38th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado, July 21-23. Drivers in the NHRA Funny Car, Top Fuel, Pro Stock and Sportsman ranks will showcase the brand’s long legacy of elite performance at its annual headline event located in the picturesque Rocky Mountains.

    Entering the event near Denver, Mopar-backed drivers and teams from Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) have dominated the 2017 season and will aim to maintain their success at the brand’s 29th consecutive year of sponsoring the popular stop at “Thunder Mountain.”

    Mopar HEMI®-powered DSR Dodge Charger R/T Funny Cars have claimed a whopping 12 of 13 event wins to date, with defending champion Ron Capps leading the point standings and the series win total, with six victories thus far. Matt Hagan and his Mopar Express Lane team have claimed three wins and sit second in points, while Jack Beckman has visited the winner’s circle twice with his Infinite Hero Dodge and is third in the standings. Tommy Johnson Jr. has also banked one victory with the Make-A-Wish team and currently holds the fifth points position.

    The Mopar brand’s success on the drag strip this season extends to the Top Fuel category as well. Leah Pritchett has emerged as a bona fide star with three wins in her Papa John’s Pizza/Mopar Pennzoil dragster from DSR, while the winningest driver in Top Fuel history, eight-time champion Tony Schumacher, has collected one event win to date this year in the Mopar-powered U.S. Army car out of the DSR stable. Pritchett is currently second in the standings, while Schumacher is fourth.

    Mopar-powered Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson has tasted victory often in the Mile High City, including in 2016, and has won the event a total of seven times to claim the most “King of the Mountain” titles alongside Pro Stock legend Bob Glidden. Johnson will be hunting his fifth win in six years at Bandimere Speedway in the Marathon Petroleum Dodge Dart and looking to extend an amazing streak of 10 consecutive final-round appearances at the venue.

    The Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals will include racing in a variety of Sportsman categories in addition to the popular professional classes. In keeping with NHRA’s “Salute to First Responders” program in 2017, Mopar will honor several of these everyday heroes as Grand Marshals for the event.

    Mopar Mile-High Block Party Celebrates Sweet Sixteen
    On the evening of Thursday, July 20, the official “starter” event of the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals will commence with the fan-friendly Mopar Mile-High Block Party in downtown Golden, Colorado, from 6 to 10 p.m. MT. Mopar is partnering with Pennzoil to put on the 16th edition of the extravaganza featuring an autograph session with all top Mopar NHRA stars.

    Live music, food and drink tents, merchandise, interactive displays, including the new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon simulators, and a car show, featuring plenty of Mopar muscle, are also on tap at the free-admission event. Popular Denver-area morning show host and Mopar fan Willie B. from KBPI 106.7 FM will serve as the event emcee. For complete information on the Mopar Mile-High Block Party, visit www.milehighblockparty.com.

    Hagan, Pritchett to Duel in 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demons
    Mopar racers Matt Hagan and Leah Pritchett will have their pitchforks out as they prepare to battle in two new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demons in a pair of match races scheduled between qualifying rounds on Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22 at Bandimere Speedway.

    The match races will mark the official public drag strip debut of the limited-production 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, the first-ever production car to do a front-wheel lift, as certified by Guinness World Records, and the world’s fastest quarter-mile production car with an elapsed time of 9.65 seconds at 140 miles per hour, as certified by the NHRA. It also registers the highest g-force (1.8 g) ever recorded at launch in a production car.

    Hagan and Pritchett will showcase the full potential of the Challenger SRT Demon at the drag strip – and its full 840 horsepower and 770 lb.-ft. of torque. The new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon will start arriving at Dodge//SRT dealerships this fall at a starting U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $84,995, including $1,700 gas guzzler tax, excluding $1,095 destination.

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    Mopar and Dodge Midway Displays Offer Fan-friendly Features
    Throughout the weekend, fans will also have the opportunity to get up close to a number of Mopar Dodge vehicles and even take the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon for a “spin” in state-of-the-art Demon simulators at the Mopar and Dodge display trailers on Manufacturers Midway at Bandimere Speedway.

    A variety of games, contests and other interactive activities will be on hand for fans, while another autograph session featuring Mopar drivers will be held at 2 p.m. MT on Saturday, July 22 on the Mopar display stage. The Mopar and Dodge displays are present at 15 of the 24 events on the NHRA calendar this season.
     

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