Adam has been a race fan since the first time he went through the tunnel under the Daytona International Speedway more than 30 years ago. He has had the privilege of traveling to races all across the state of Florida (as well as one race in Ohio), watching nearly everything with a motor compete for fame and glory, as well as participating in various racing schools to get the feel of what racecar drivers go through every week.
Adam spent several years covering motorsports for Examiner.com., where he had the opportunity to see the racing world from behind the scenes as well as the grandstands. He invites everyone to follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus, and looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm for all things racing with the readers of SpeedwayDigest.com.
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"I'm super stoked to get my foundation off the ground and a charity endurance karting event at K1 Speed in Miami is the perfect way to do that," said Nunez. "It's hard to pass up time in a go-kart and given all the other professional racecar drivers that will be joining us for the fundraiser, this is sure to be a very successful event!"
The 18-year-old South Florida native launched The Dnt Txt N drV Foundation earlier this year after spending three years advocating against distracted driving and working to raise awareness to prevent texting and driving.
The first annual Dnt txt n drV Celebrity Karting Enduro is another way to keep the awareness going on the dangers of distracted driving. Through this event, funds will be raised in order to help keep teens informed and to prevent individuals from partaking in texting anddriving as well as offering scholarship programs to others working to spread the word.
The event will be a combination of a karting competition and silent auction. For the karting competition, there will be up to ten teams with four to a team. The teams will compete against one another in the race where each member will do a number of laps before trading off to the next team member to take over driving. The silent auction will include items such as signed memorabilia, tickets to sporting events, and autographed items by professional athletes and celebrities.
The event will take place at K1 Speed, located at 8600 NW South River Dr., Medley, FL 33166, on Saturday, September 27 from 6-9 p.m. EST. To register to race at the event, tickets cost $125, while attendance tickets cost $50. To register a full team (four individuals), the cost is $400. To register, please visitwww.NunezCelebrityKarting.com.
Successful First Pitch for Monster Energy Supercross Regional 250SX Class Champion Justin Bogle at Angels Game
GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle showcased his athletic prowess last evening at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., where he threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim faced the Miami Marlins. Following the pitch, the reigning Monster Energy Supercross Eastern Regional 250SX Class Champion agreed that his skill set was best suited for his GEICO Honda Motorcycle, but the Oklahoma native truly enjoyed the opportunity.
In 2014, Bogle earned two wins and an additional five podium finishes en route to the first Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship of his career.
Angel Stadium will once again host three Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship, races in 2015 (January 3, January 17 and January 31).
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The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association announced today that it has added NOLA Motorsports Park to its 2015 event schedule. The race, titled Mardi Gras in November, will take place on the weekend of November 5-8, 2015 and will be the final event of the SVRA season. The 10 turn, 2.75 mile long, multi-purpose race course is located in Avondale, LA, minutes from New Orleans famed French Quarter. The action packed weekend of racing will include two Sprint races for each of SVRA’s 11 race groups, 2 endurance races and a 100 mile feature race for the popular Trans Am Race Series. Special invited guests from the Texas based Corinthian Vintage Auto Racing (CVAR) will make this a must see event for race fans from the Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi area.
“The NOLA Motorsports Park facility has been on our radar for the past two years,” said organization President and CEO Tony Parella. “Its proximity to the French Quarter and the November date will offer our competitors a great end-of-season experience. Partnering with the Trans-Am Race Series and having CVAR members as our special guests will provide the icing on the cake for what is certain to be a highlight of our 2015 schedule.”
About SVRA - The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association is the premier vintage racing organization in the United States. Founded in 1981 by Ford Heacock III, the SVRA has 2,000 members. It currently sanctions events at some of the finest racing venues in the United States, including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sebring, Road America, Watkins Glen, Auto Club Speedway, Road Atlanta, Pocono Raceway, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Sonoma Raceway, Portland International Raceway, and Virginia International Raceway. The rapidly growing organization also hosted the first U.S. Vintage Racing National Championships in 2013 at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
Further information on SVRA can be found on our website, www.svra.com, which averages over 29,000 hits per month; on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/sportscarvintageracing, with over 13,000 followers; and on YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/user/SVRAcom, featuring more than 70 action packed videos of SVRA events.
MX Sports Pro Racing Announces the Winner of a Brand New 2014 Honda CRF450R to Benefit the Asterisk Mobile Medical Center
MX Sports Pro Racing is pleased to announce thatthrough an online raffling initiative, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, was able to raise over $30,000 to benefit the Asterisk Mobile Medical Center, an emergency care facility available at each Lucas Oil Pro Motocross event to staff, participants, and crew at no cost.
Team Honda Muscle Milk's Trey Canard announced the winner during opening ceremonies at the inaugural Indiana National on Saturday, Aug. 16. Congratulations to Matthew Boyer of Bedford, Virginia, the lucky winner of a 2014 Honda CRF450R.
The bike resembles the Team Honda Muscle Milk machine ridden by Factory Honda riders Trey Canard and Fredrik Noren in the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. The bike includes a Yoshimura TI exhaust system, Team Honda/Muscle Milk graphics kit, Honda motorcycle stand and a full set of Fly Racing gear and helmet.
Trey Canard finished out the season with a 1-1 sweep at Utah aboard his
Team Honda Muscle Milk CRF450R.
Photo: Christian Munoz
The Asterisk Mobile Medical Center is an emergency care facility available at each Lucas Oil Pro Motocross event to staff, participants, and crew at no cost. The full 53-foot hospital trailer is staffed with qualified and experienced medical personnel and offers specialized equipment for our sport's unique injuries. The Asterisk Mobile Medical Center is provided to the racing community by Asterisk. Their operating budget is made possible by MX Sports Pro Racing, Road 2 Recovery Foundation, as well as individual riders and private donors.
The 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship concluded last Saturday with the Utah National in Tooele, Utah. The 2015 Pro Motocross schedule will kick off Saturday, May 16 in Sacramento, California with the Hangtown Motocross Classic. For more information, please visit www.promotocross.com.
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Brittany Force and Tim Wilkerson claim fan vote/lottery starting spots in TRAXXAS NITRO SHOOTOUT at Indy
Top fan-vote getters Brittany Force and Tim Wilkerson secured the No. 8 positions in the Traxxas Nitro Shootout following special lottery drawings held today during a press conference in downtown Indianapolis to preview the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, the world’s most prestigious drag race.
Force, who has reached three final rounds this season, earned the most fan votes in her category with 65 percent and will face the top seed in Top Fuel, Doug Kalitta, in the first-round pairing of the Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Top Fuel.
“I’m definitely excited to have this opportunity again,” said Force who will be appearing in her second consecutive Traxxas Nitro Shootout following her lottery victory last season. “Thanks to all the fans and especially thanks to my team. They’re an awesome group. I’m hoping to go out and take it home this weekend.”
Veteran driver Wilkerson, who took the most fan votes in Funny Car with 38 percent, will meet top seed John Force in the first round of the Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Funny Car.
“If the [warm] weather stays like this I really like our chances to win this thing,” said Wilkerson, who also took home the Funny Car fan vote last year. “I sure could use the $100,000 that’s for sure. I just want to thank the fans again for helping make this happen.”
The two drivers selected today was the culmination of a process that started on Aug. 17. All drivers in both categories who had competed in each race this season but were not a part of the seven qualified drivers for each Traxxas Nitro Shootout were eligible for the fan vote/lottery. Fan voting took place on NHRA's Facebook page and lasted until Aug. 26. The fan voting determined how many lottery balls would be assigned to each driver for the drawing. Wilkerson was followed in the fan vote by Jack Beckman (29%), Del Worsham (13%), Matt Hagan (10%), Tony Pedregon (5%) and Bob Tasca III (5%). Top Fuel’s Force was followed in the fan vote by Clay Millican (13%), J.R. Todd (9%), Bob Vandergriff (5%), Terry McMillen (4%) and Steve Torrence (4%).
The Traxxas Nitro Shootout will be contested during the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, Aug. 27-Sept. 1, at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. The Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Top Fuel will be held Saturday Aug. 30, with rounds at 4, 5:25 and 7:45 p.m. The Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Funny Car will be contested Sunday, Aug. 31, with rounds at 12:30, 1:55 and 4:15 p.m. The Traxxas Nitro Shootout will be covered by ESPN2.
In the other first round pairings in Top Fuel, Phoenix winner Antron Brown will face Englishtown winner Richie Crampton, Bristol winner Shawn Langdon will meet Winternationals winner Khalid al-Balooshi and Las Vegas winner Tony Schumacher will face Atlanta winner Spencer Massey.
In the three other Funny Car first round pairings, Gainesville winner Robert Hight will meet Englishtown winner Cruz Pedregon, Epping winner Ron Capps will face Topeka winner Courtney Force and Bristol winner Tommy Johnson Jr. will race Las Vegas winner Alexis DeJoria.
Shawn Langdon is the defending Traxxas Nitro Shootout winner in Top Fuel and Jack Beckman is the defending Traxxas Nitro Shootout winner in Funny Car. Below are the drivers who have qualified for the Traxxas Nitro Shootouts and their first-round pairings for the lucrative bonus races which will award the winning drivers $100,000 each.
TRAXXAS NITRO SHOOTOUT (TOP FUEL)
FIRST-ROUND PAIRINGS (4 p.m.):
1. Doug Kalitta vs. No. 8 Brittany Force
2. Antron Brown vs. No. 7 Richie Crampton
3. Shawn Langdon vs. No. 6 Khalid alBalooshi
4. Tony Schumacher vs. No. 5 Spencer Massey
SEMIFINAL PAIRINGS (5:25 p.m.):
Kalitta-B. Force winner vs. Schumacher-Massey winner
Brown-Crampton winner vs. Langdon-alBalooshi winner
FINAL (7:45 p.m.)
TRAXXAS NITRO SHOOTOUT (FUNNY CAR)
FIRST-ROUND PAIRINGS (12:30 p.m.):
1. John Force vs. No. 8 Tim Wilkerson
2. Robert Hight vs. No. 7 Cruz Pedregon
3. Ron Capps vs. No. 6 Courtney Force
4. Tommy Johnson Jr. vs. No. 5 Alexis DeJoria
SEMIFINAL PAIRINGS (1:55 p.m.):
J. Force-Wilkerson winner vs. Johnson Jr.-DeJoria winner
Hight-C. Pedregon winner vs. Capps-C.Force winner
FINAL (4:15 p.m.)
The 51st running for amateur road racing’s top prize includes 20 minute qualifying sessions for each of the 27 Runoffs-eligible classes on Tuesday through Thursday, with 20 laps or 40 minute races for the National Championship on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday, August 30, 12:45 P.M. CDT/1:45 P.M. EDT (TC/TCA/TCB)
Saturday, August 30, 4:45 P.M. CDT/5:45 P.M. EDT (TC/TCA/TCB Race 1)
Sunday, August 31, 12:50 P.M. CDT/1:50 P.M. EDT (TC/TCA/TCB Race 2)
40 minutes (TC/TCA/TCB)
Sunday, August 31, 12:50 P.M. CDT/1:50 P.M. EDT (TC/TCA/TCB Race 2)
Race teams converged on the Gulf Coast for a spectacular double-header race weekend; with racing in Orange Beach, AL this past Friday and racing in Pensacola Bay on Sunday. With a dual heat race on Friday, fans got to see lead changes, fast action and their favorite teams take the checkered flag. Orange Beach waters were some of the flattest seas seen in years. When teams arrived at Pensacola Bay, they saw breezier conditions and fast water conditions for some great competition.
The Thunder on the Gulf Super Boat Grand Prix on Friday was a dual heat race. All boats raced the first race at 1:00 pm and the 2nd race at 3:00 pm. Some of the most exciting racing was between boats in the Superboat class. Team Broadco won the first heat by a narrow margin and, when the 2nd heat came around, it was Team STIHL that stole the show. After regrouping during the intermission, STIHL won by a bigger margin in the 2nd heat and, with a combined faster time, took the win. “That was a very fast race course and we had some great competition,” comments JR Noble, driver of Team STIHL.
The Super Stock class saw some great action between The Hulk and SOS Venezuela with Hulk taking the win. These teams are always dueling it out. At Orange Beach, they wowed the fans, as the difference in finishing speed was a mere .65 mph. The Manufacturer P3 class saw Team Black Pearl steal the show, with just over a minute victory, shutting out their nearest competitor, The Developer.
Other first place (class winners) included; Absolutely Not (Superboat Vee) and Two Cruel (Manufacturer P4).
“This is one of our new concepts to run dual races over multiple days in an effort to save teams money. Orange Beach/Pensacola was the first dual city race this year and we hope to continue the concept in future years,” comments John Carbonell, president of Super Boat International. “We had a lot of bumps to work out during the weekend. I want to thank my team and the race teams for working hard together to make it succeed. Friday was a tough day for our teams to make it to Orange Beach for physicals and roll call, but they all made the effort and arrived on time. Again, our staff worked hard to make this event run smoothly and I sincerely appreciated their support.”
On Sunday, it was Thunder Run in the Pensacola Grand Prix and thunder it was! The biggest and fastest boats raced at the foot of Pensacola to the middle of the bay. Miss GEICO put on a spectacular show (winner in the Superboat Unlimited Class) by running great lines on the outside of the course and leading all the classes around the 23 lap course. Yes, it was very exciting with 46 turns for the professional offshore Superboats.
The big boats took the green flag and headed to the Highway 98 bridge and made a counter clockwise turn to only see it another 22 times. With more laps, the event brought more excitement to the Pensacola fans. Team STIHL led wire-to-wire to take home another first place finish behind, always competitive, Team Broadco, with WHM in third and Racing for Cancer in 4th. As the boats came within a couple hundred yards of Plaza De Luna, the VIP fans saw all the action up close.
As the winds picked up, Pensacola Bay saw a nice chop for racing. Teams had the chance to make any final changes to their boats, as the launch area was only 500 yards from the racecourse. Fans could see race teams making final preparations and changes to their boats, prior to the pace boat taking them out to the racecourse. The Thunder Run race was completed just before Mother Nature made a bit of noise herself. Other class winners included; Miss GEICO (Superboat Unlimited), Instigator (Superboat Extreme), Absolutely Not (Superboat Vee), The Hulk (Superboat Stock), 2nd Amendment (P3) and Two Cruel (P4).
If you missed the action from the 11th Annual Thunder on the Gulf and the Inaugural Pensacola Grand Prix this past weekend, you can watch it here on Livestream athttp://new.livestream.com/sbi/orangebeach2014 and http://new.livestream.com/sbi/pensacola2014.
Pro Stock Motorcycle rider John Hall hopeful for more Indy magic at 60th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals
John Hall always knew the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals was big, but it wasn’t until the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series standout won the world’s most prestigious drag race a year ago in Pro Stock Motorcycle that he realized just how significant it was.
“It’s a race everyone wants to win and I’m lucky enough to do it, but I didn’t really get how big it was until after I won,” Hall said. “If you win at Indy, you will be remembered for that. When people introduce you they will say you won at Indy. That’s pretty cool and not something I knew was going to happen until after I won.”
Now Hall enters the biggest race of the year as the defending event winner hoping to add a second straight victory on his Matt Smith Racing Buell during the 60th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals this weekend at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
Shawn Langdon (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) also were last year’s winners of the event that will once again be televised on ESPN2 in more than 10 hours of coverage. It is the 10th of 16 Pro Stock Motorcycle events during the 2014 season and the final race of the regular season for the two-wheel category before the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship begins.
As Hall quickly found out after beating teammate and reigning world champion Matt Smith in the final round a year ago in Indy, the significance of a Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals victory is something that cannot be fully comprehended until it is experienced.
“Indy is bigger to me now than it was before and it’s something where you don’t truly understand the magnitude of it until after you win,” Hall said. “When I saw that win light come on last year I couldn’t believe it. I’m honored to have won there.”
As much pressure as entering this year’s event as the defending champ might provide, Hall calmly said he doesn’t feel any of that. In fact, he expects that last year’s win at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis will provide a calming effect heading into the 2014 edition of the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.
Hall is currently fifth in the series standings and in the midst of a solid and consistent season, but the two-time event winner is also looking for his first final round of the season. He posted one of four semifinal appearances at the most recent event in Sonoma and Hall knows that another strong performance in Indy would be the ideal scenario heading into the Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
“I’m confident in our chances but I don’t really feel any more pressure,” Hall said. “I’ve got a trophy from Indy and I’m very grateful for that. That’s the trophy you really want and a lot of people don’t have it, so I feel like there’s more pressure on them to try and get it.”
Finding a good set-up during testing leading up to this weekend might have Hall confident, but he will face off against a talented field that includes points leader Andrew Hines, who earned the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals victory in 2012. Hines’ teammate Eddie Krawiec has yet to win in Indy but sits second in points while other standout competitors in the category include reigning champion Smith, Epping winner Angie Smith, Michael Ray, Scotty Pollacheck, Hector Arana Jr., Hector Arana and two-time Indy winner Steve Johnson.
Hall barely qualified a year ago at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, squeaking in at No. 15. But he turned it on during eliminations, knocking off Krawiec, Ray and LE Tonglet before reaching the final round. That performance proved to Hall he was capable of winning any race no matter the circumstance. Having it happen during the world’s biggest drag race simply made it that much sweeter.
“I wasn’t even sure I was going to be in the race a year ago,” Hall said. “You just never know because this class is so tight. No matter where someone qualifies they are capable of winning. You need luck, consistency and you have to be good. But everybody is good in this class, so you need all three to get one of these wins.”
In Top Fuel, everybody is chasing points leader Doug Kalitta, who went to his ninth final round of the season at the most recent event in Brainerd. Other marquee challengers include Tony Schumacher, who is seeking his 10th Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals victory, Antron Brown, reigning world champion Langdon, who also won the Traxxas Shootout at Indy last year, Spencer Massey, Khalid alBalooshi, J.R. Todd, Brittany Force, Steve Torrence and Richie Crampton.
In Funny Car the current points leader is John Force, who will look to tie Ed McCulloch’s Funny Car record of five wins at the event. Hight, who qualified for the Countdown a year ago with his thrilling third Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals win, is one of the top stars in the class while others include Ron Capps, Matt Hagan, Courtney Force, Cruz Pedregon, Del Worsham, Alexis DeJoria, Tim Wilkerson and Tommy Johnson Jr.
Four-time world champion Greg Anderson is a six-time Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals winner in Pro Stock, trailing only Bob Glidden’s remarkable nine wins at the race. Anderson will face a talented field that features top drivers Dave Connolly and Jeg Coughlin, who each have three Indy wins, points leader and teammate Jason Line, Erica Enders-Stevens, Allen Johnson, Shane Gray, Vincent Nobile, V Gaines and Chris McGaha.
Bonus bucks and bragging rights will be on the line for qualified drivers in Top Fuel and Funny Car as they battle in the lucrative Traxxas Nitro Shootout. The Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Top Fuel will be held on Saturday evening, while the Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Funny Car is contested Sunday afternoon. The winners in each Traxxas Nitro Shootout will earn $100,000.
Another Mello Yello Series event also will be completed during the Big Go: the rain-delayed Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals from Brainerd, Minn. John Force and Ron Capps will decide the Funny Car final round during the third qualifying session on Saturday evening at approximately 8:15 p.m. The Brainerd Pro Stock semifinals will be run during Saturday's third qualifying session at approximately 6:30 p.m. Line will take on Dave River and Vincent Nobile will face Jeg Coughlin. The two semi winners will decide the Brainerd Pro Stock final on Sunday during the event's fourth pro qualifying session at 11:30 a.m.
Drivers in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and the NHRA Pro Mod Series will look to become winners of the prestigious event during the weekend. The fastest Super Stock cars will challenge for the ultimate bragging rights and a bonus purse during the popular Mopar HEMI Challenge as well.
NHRA will also conduct official presentations to honor six of the most iconic moments in the history of the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in the Hot Rod Junction Friday-Sunday of the weekend. On Sunday of race weekend “Big Daddy” Don Garlits will reenact his famous beard shaving scene that followed his triumphant 1967 victory and the “Indy’s Winningest Drivers” presentation, a ceremony honoring Schumacher, Bob Glidden and Garlits, also will take place; on Saturday Kenny Bernstein will be honored for becoming the first double-up winner at Indy, Shirley Muldowney will look back at her Indy memories including her 1982 victory, one she called the greatest victory of her outstanding Top Fuel career, and the 1978 Funny Car final where Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen defeated Don “The Snake” Prudhomme will be remembered; on Friday the harrowing 1970 Top Fuel final between Jim Nicoll and Prudhomme will be revisited.
A special Monday edition of the SealMaster NHRA Track Walk also will take place prior to final eliminations, where many of the sport’s most celebrated drivers will walk alongside fans down the historic dragstrip. Fan-favorite Cacklefests and vintage racecars on display in the Hot Rod Junction, along with several autograph sessions featuring the legends of the sport as well as today’s biggest stars will be featured throughout each day of the event. On Friday, a special fireworks show will close out the day’s racing.
The first of five Mello Yello Series qualifying sessions is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29. Two more sessions will take to the track on Saturday, Aug. 30 at 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., and the final two qualifying sessions will take place on Sunday, Aug. 31 at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Final eliminations begin at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 1.
The Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Top Fuel will be contested Saturday, Aug. 30 with rounds at 4 p.m., 5:25 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. The Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Funny Car takes place on Sunday, Aug. 31 for the eight qualified drivers, with rounds at 12:30 p.m., 1:55 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.
ESPN2 will televise more than 11 hours of coverage of the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. Five hours of qualifying coverage and coverage of the Traxxas Nitro Shootout will air on ESPN2 at 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (ET) and 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 31. Monday’s (Sept. 1) eliminations for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals will be featured in six hours of coverage starting at noon (ET).
To purchase tickets for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, fans can contact NHRA’s Ticket Sales Center at (800) 884-NHRA (6472), or get their tickets online at www.NHRATIX.com.
Second straight win in sights for NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series driver Troy Coughlin at 60th Annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals
After a start to the season that might have had NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series standout Troy Coughlin ready to push the reset button, the 2012 world champion got the turnaround he was hoping for with a victory at the tour’s most recent event in Norwalk.
Now after more than a month off, Coughlin and his JEGS.com Chevy Corvette want a second straight NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series win, this time at the world’s most prestigious drag race, the 60th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
It is the seventh of 10 races during the 2014 NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series and Mike Janis, who is currently second in points, serves as the defending event winner. Coughlin’s mindset at the race in Indy, which is also presented by JEGS, will likely be similar to his winning effort in Norwalk, where his season finally got on track.
“The win was huge,” Coughlin said. “It lifted everyone's spirits and definitely gives us a ton of momentum going into Indy. We really just calmed everything down and stopped trying to rotate the earth every run. We just got the car down the track and then started fine-tuning from there. We weren't the fastest car by any means but we were super consistent and that worked.”
After just two round wins in the first five races of the season, Coughlin made major steps in Norwalk, qualifying a season-best sixth and beating 2010 world champion Von Smith in the final round for his first win of the year. That puts Coughlin in strong position for his first NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series win at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
As far as his favorite memories of Indy, Coughlin could have picked from a variety of special moments his family has compiled at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, including his first national event win (in Super Gas) in 1991. Instead, he focused on the atmosphere the race has provided over the years.
“As a kid growing up in the sport, Indy was always the last hurrah before school started,” Coughlin said. “It was the last time you had to cut loose before getting back to work at your studies. We'd go over there and watch Dad race, try to help him out as much as we could. We'd ride our bikes all over the pits with our friends and we'd go race each other around the circle track. Even to this day, as much as the race means, the time in the pits with all your friends is what makes it special.”
Coughlin won’t have much time to reminisce this weekend at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, in part because of the competition level that continues to grow at seemingly every event in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
A remarkable 34 cars are entered for the biggest event of the year, which means qualifying, yet alone winning the race will make for a tremendous challenge. Coughlin will have to get by a loaded class that also includes the likes of Mike Castellana, Pete Farber, Steve Matusek, Danny Rowe and current points leader and reigning world champion Rickie Smith.
But even with a month off Coughlin stayed busy, fine-tuning his turbo-charged Corvette to have it ready for Indy, where Coughlin knows he must be totally focused through all four qualifying sessions and eliminations.
“The Pro Mod class gets more competitive every day,” Coughlin said. “Having that many cars in Indy just means it will be that much harder just to get into the field. They're all quality cars running all three different power combinations and it should be a great show for the fans. Every round will mean so much, from the moment we roll up to the starting line for the first round of qualifying. You will absolutely have to be on your toes every session to even have a chance.”
Featuring the world’s fastest and most unique doorslammer cars with an extremely diverse collection of vehicles, including ’68 Camaros, ’67 Mustangs and ’68 Firebirds as well as a wide variety of late-model cars, the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series offers something for every kind of hot-rodding enthusiast.
NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series qualifying begins Friday, Aug. 29 with a session at 5:30 p.m., continuing with two qualifying session on Saturday, Aug. 30 at 2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., and a final session on Sunday, Aug. 31 at 10:30 a.m. Round one of eliminations is later on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
The Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals also will showcase thrilling action in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
To purchase tickets for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, fans can contact NHRA’s Ticket Sales Center at (800) 884-NHRA (6472), or get their tickets online at www.NHRATIX.com.