DECATUR, Ill. (January 15, 2004) -- When is something 36-years old new again? When it is a brand-new Pro Modified 1968 Camaro, to be debuted by driver Donnie Little in 2004.
Little, a former IHRA Pro Modified speed record holder, plans an extensive campaign for the car including selected IHRA national events, a Midwest Outlaw Pro Modified Series and possibly some of the NHRA Pro Modified events.
"I'm really excited about the upcoming season," said Little. "It's going to be a challenge to prepare this new car for so many different tracks. We will be going back and forth from the quarter-mile and eighth-mile so the team is always going to be adjusting to different setups."
The chassis was built by Terry Murphy Race Cars of Kansas City, Mo., and skinned in a carbon fiber '68 Camaro body by McCamis. The team, co-owned by Little and Dennis Price, has a pair of nitrous-injected motors built by Charlie Buck Racing Engines and Fulton Racing Engines. Mike Capps is the crew chief.
To further make this new car look "old," it is painted candy blue with silver rally stripes in a factory-original combination.
"We didn't want to be just another Camaro with a fancy paint job," said Little. "We thought that we would stand out better and be more memorable by using the original Chevrolet paint scheme. I expect that a lot of fans will experience a 'flashback' when they see this car on the starting line."
Little, 53, has been racing in the Midwest for the past three years, but 2004 marks his return to IHRA competition. He set the Pro Modified speed record in the early '90s with a mark of 212.86 mph, a run made at Epping, N.H. Little was one of the original members of the Super Chevy 200-mph club. He also accomplished this feat for the Sonny's Automotive Racing 200-mph club. He was the 2002 points champion in the Midwest Outlaw Series, and plans to start his own 1/8-mile racing series this season with backing from Country Motors Trailer Sales, Inc.
"The Country Motors Trailer Sales Outlaw Pro Mod Series is exactly what it says -- outlaw racing," Little said. "Rules are few. Bring your nitrous or blower car and race. This is a four race series with a points championship at the last race. All four races of the Country Motors Trailer Sales Outlaw Pro Mod Series will run at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill. We are proud to host the series at a national event track."
Though it has been a few years since racing on the IHRA circuit, fans of Pro Modified class racing should well recognize Little's name. He has also had tremendous success on the Super Chevy Circuit, once placing second and twice finishing third in the points championship, as well as winning events at Dallas, Memphis, Tenn., and Martin, Mich.