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Mopar upping NHRA game for 2018

by David Zatz on

Mopar, Dodge, and SRT are taking aim at world titles in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, increased their commitment to Top Fuel star Leah Pritchett and renewing support of two-time Funny Car champion Matt Hagan.

The 2018 season starts at the NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, California, on February 8-11.

Mopar, Dodge, and SRT will take primary placement on Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) driver Pritchett’s 330-plus mph NHRA Top Fuel Dragster at seven of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA schedule, up from just two races last season.

Leah Pritchett earned four wins and a fifth-place finish in the 2017 standings. She said, “For one, the car looks amazing, for two, the technology that we have been developing with Mopar and Dodge//SRT on all types of fronts, both Top Fuel and Funny Car — I think it’s just an absolute perfect match, and I couldn’t be more excited for the growth.”

Hagan, who also captured four wins and the fifth spot in the 2017 standings, will celebrate a decade behind the wheel of a Mopar-powered DSR Dodge Funny Car in 2018. The brands will serve in a primary sponsorship role for 14 races during the 2018 season as Hagan seeks his third career NHRA Funny Car title.

Hagan’s DSR teammates, Ron Capps, Jack Beckman and Tommy Johnson Jr., will also battle for the crown in Mopar Hemi® Dodge Charger R/T Funny Cars. Capps led the class with eight victories last season and finished runner-up in the standings, narrowly missing back-to-back championships. Beckman, the 2012 Funny Car champ, raced to two victories and finished fourth in points, while perennial title contender Johnson also took home two event wins in 2017, including the season-ending NHRA Finals.

Pietro Gorlier, head of Mopar, said, “From the professional classes to the Sportsman ranks to the enthusiast experience, we are committed to connecting with NHRA racers and fans who are passionate about horsepower both at the track and on the street.”

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