DINWIDDIE, VA. - One of the IHRA's more prominent trademarks over the past decade has been the Pro Modified division, therefore it was no surprise that the first pre-entry for the Norwalk, Ohio-based sanctioning body's official pre-season test...
DINWIDDIE, VA. - One of the IHRA's more prominent trademarks over the past decade has been the Pro Modified division, therefore it was no surprise that the first pre-entry for the Norwalk, Ohio-based sanctioning body's official pre-season test event, the CompetitionPlus.com Spring Open hosted by Virginia Motorsports Park, was a prominent entry from the highly radical, fast doorslammer division. Sophomore driver Alan Pittman, the talented man behind the wheel of the Westbrook Motorsports, supercharged 1941 Willys, utilized the Internet to pre-enter for the event.
Pittman finished tenth in the 2000 Mopar Performance Pro Modified points standings. He's anxious for a shot at the famed Virginia Motorsports Park racing surface during the much-publicized testing event and hopes to use the event as a springboard for a better finish in the 2001.
"We're going at this season with everything we've got and we're hoping that it will yield plenty of positives," explained Pittman, who is partners with multi-time IHRA World Champion Scotty Cannon in a chassis business. "We were happy with what we accomplished in 2000, but we're going to push further into 2001. All in all, it was a good season for us and to be nominated for the rookie of the year award was an honor."
Pittman continued, "We have a new engine that we're going to be developing that weekend for the new season. It's going to be a challenge, but I am surrounded with great people, so I feel real confident. I can't wait to fire up for this event."
Pittman will not be alone in his quest to emerge as the baddest Pro Modified at VMP. There are currently 21 pre-entered Pro Modified teams and they include not only Pittman, but also Paul Athey (Johnny Rocca), Jimmy Detrick, Gary Ellis, Marc Hayes, Tim McAmis, Harry Raynor, Tommy Mauney (Roy Singleton), Steve Cossis, Mike Ashley, Matt Grillo, Mike Castellana, Shannon Jenkins, Steve Vick, Harold Martin, Paul Rocco, Scott Ray, Chip King, Ronnie Hood, Ron Kammes and Ed Hoover.
Currently there are 45 professional entries for the event, ranging from the Pro Mods to IHRA Pro Stock, Nitro Harley and Funny Car.
The pre-entries are starting to flow in for the event, which will be hosted by Virginia Motorsports Park in Dinwiddie, Va., and sponsored by Drag Racing's largest electronic Internet-based magazine CompetitionPlus.com. Pre-entry for the event is encouraged. For more information on this procedure, please refer to http://www.ihra.com/news/2000december/14spring_open.html for all questions and the proper format in which to pre-enter.
This unique event will feature everything from fire-spewing Top Fuel dragsters to the high-speed Pro Modifieds to various sportsman entries in test mode. There will be a special Chicago style eliminations program on Saturday in the professional divisions in exchange for the test time.
Sportsman racers can either test on a daily basis or can attain a special event package depending on what best suits their schedule.
This major testing event will fill the weekend formerly reserved for the Winter Nationals in Darlington, SC. It will provide the staff at Virginia Motorsports Park with an opportunity to meet and greet its new IHRA family. In late-June of 2000, VMP announced the switch of sanctions and will host its first IHRA Summit Drag Racing Series event in April 20 - 22, 2001.
Virginia Motorsports Park is a state of the art facility built in 1994 encompassing 700 acres. The drag strip is concrete the first 675 feet of the mile long track. VMP is located 25 minutes south of Richmond off of I-85.