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Pro Stock Dart launched

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Dodge Dart drag car

World champion drivers Allen Johnson and Jeg Coughlin Jr. showed off the new Dodge Dart drag racing car today.  Joining the Dodge Charger R/T in the Funny Car class and the Dodge Challenger in Sportsman competition, the Dodge Dart is a Pro Stock car; it was created on a virtual platform, using production-based technology and tools used for street vehicles, with Chrysler race and production engineers working hand-in-hand with the race teams.

The new Dodge Dart racing car design was tested in the wind tunnel at the CTC in late February, before making test runs in Florida. The four-door Dodge Avenger ended its run as the most successful of Mopar racing cars in its class after claiming 27 NHRA national titles and a record 28 #1 qualifier positions, with championships in 2012 and 2013.

Two Dodge Darts will make their competition debut at this weekend’s event, with defending title holder Johnson and five-time Pro Stock Champion Coughlin at the controls, while Vieri Gaines will join the fray in a few weeks upon completion of his new Hemi-powered car.

As part of the year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 426 Race Hemi, Mopar revealed a paint scheme on Matt Hagan’s Dodge Charger R/T that includes a tribute to the HEMI “Elephant”, a nickname given to the legendary power plant. The new look will make its competition premier in July for the NHRA Mopar Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo., outside of Denver.

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