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Mopar: Enders and Coughlin in NHRA

by Bill Cawthon on

Ending months of rumors, including correct predictions on Allpar’s motorsports forum, Mopar has officially announced that it is sponsoring two-time NHRA Pro Stock Champion Erica Enders and five-time Champion Jeg Coughlin in the 2016 NHRA Pro Stock season.

Ms. Enders, who won back-to-back championships in 2014 and 2015, will run a Mopar-powered Elite Motorsports Dodge Dart GT. Mr. Coughlin will be driving a second Dart with Magneti Marelli colors.


After a lackluster 2015 season, Mopar ended its 20-year partnership with 2012 Pro Stock champion Allen Johnson. Mr. Johnson went out on a high note, winning the final race of the season (also the final Pro Stock race with carburetors).

NHRA switches over to electronic fuel injection next year, which is why the cars may look strange, missing the big hood scoops that were a fixture on Pro Stock cars for years.


Mopar has also extended its Funny Car partnership with Don Schumacher Racing, one of the most successful and longest-running partnerships in the sport. Matt Hagan, two-time world Funny Car champion will be back at the wheel of the Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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