Wednesday, September 22, 2004
ProRally teams have titles clinched, Colorado Cog next
Team Mopar has already clinched several SCCA ProRally championships this year, but the rally artists will go for more this weekend at "Colorado Cog," set near the picturesque ski resort town of Steamboat Springs, Colo. This penultimate event on the ProRally schedule is a brand-new event; competitors' versatility will be tested early and often, but Mopar tandem Doug Shepherd and Pete Gladysz's strength and experience should help them drive to the front.
Championships already firmly in hand for Mopar and Dodge:
Overall 2WD driver (Shepherd)
Overall 2WD co-driver (Gladysz)
Overall 2WD manufacturer (Mopar/Dodge)
Group 5 driver (Shepherd)
Group 5 co-driver (Gladysz)
Group 5 manufacturer (Mopar/Dodge)
The manufacturer titles come thanks to four double victories in both categories by the Shepherd/Gladysz combination, as well as two wins at the hands of Paul Choiniere/Cindy Krolikowski and one by the youthful Chris Whiteman/Mike Paulin pairing. The last duo also boasts a Group 2 event victory in 2004.
Both the Overall 2WD and Group 5 driver and co-driver championships are repeats of 2003 results when the Shepherd/Gladysz tandem captured the honors. This season, however, Team Mopar has been more dominant in SCCA rally non-4WD racing. In fact, Mopar's teams have impressively garnered seven overall top-ten finishes in single events behind the awesome power and versatility of the Dodge SRT-4.
Doug Shepherd and Pete Gladysz (above) have already clinched several championships in their No. 52 Mopar Dodge SRT-4. Check out moparspeed.com for updated results on the performance of the SCCA ProRally teams and the rest of Team Mopar.
No matter what surface, Mopar is fast.
Last weekend the Mopar-powered roadster from RaceDeck Racing extended one of its records despite unfavorable conditions on the Bonneville Salt Flats.
Mopar-powered team increases Bonneville speed record
Despite poor weather conditions, the Team Mopar salt flat brigade returned to Bonneville last weekend. RaceDeck Racing and driver Jorgen Moller bumped up their existing record in the Street Roadster class* to 196.880 mph.
RaceDeck's roadster uses a Dodge SRT-4 engine that has been tuned by Team Mopar engine builder and owner Darrell Cox.
"We had a great run on our Street Roadster record," Moller said. "Despite the 25 mph crosswinds, we were able to up our record by almost 10 mph. The weather played havoc on the event and very few people actually made a record, so we were happy to get in some good passes."
The next event scheduled at Bonneville is the World Finals, set for Oct. 13-16.
Moller said: "We plan on running our Dodge SRT-4 in the F/Production Supercharged class at the World Finals. We are confident that once we get the car on the course we should be able to go well over the current record of 204 mph ... making it the fastest four-cylinder production turbocharged coupe or sedan on the Planet."
Moller's team was not able to make any record-breaking passes in their Dodge SRT-4 last weekend.
*Full fenders, open front grille and headlights on these cars create significant drag, making it very difficult to attain high speeds.