MORRISON, Colo. (July 13, 2000) - For the first time in NHRA Winston Drag Racing history, a three-car professional team will compete in the same category at a national event. Mark Ingersol, crew chief for the Team Mopar Pro Stock effort of ...
MORRISON, Colo. (July 13, 2000) - For the first time in NHRA Winston Drag Racing history, a three-car professional team will compete in the same category at a national event.
Mark Ingersol, crew chief for the Team Mopar Pro Stock effort of drivers Scott Geoffrion and Darrell Alderman, will campaign a third Dodge Avenger during this weekend's 22nd annual Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway. The primary purpose of Team Mopar fielding a third car is to accelerate the development and competitive curve of the new Hemi engine.
"Mark has done most of our non-competitive, on-track testing of the Hemi engine," said Lou Patane, vice president of motorsports and Mopar Performance Parts. "We felt we were ready to explore more on-track development and had the resources to run a third team. The question was - who was going to drive? Since Mark is so familiar with the cars and the new engine, we wanted to give him an opportunity to drive this weekend. And what better place than at our own event."
Ingersol, who broke into the sport as a wrench for Pro Stock owner Steve Schmidt in 1993, regularly tests Alderman and Geoffrion's Avengers. Currently, Ingersol is slated to only compete in this weekend's event, but future national event outings are possible.
"I probably make more Pro Stock runs in a year than most of the guys out here," Ingersol said. "I have run some national events in a Pro Stock car before, along with a lot of bracket racing.
"Having another Nickens Brothers car will give us a lot of information that we might not have," Ingersol added. "My car will be one of the first ones out, so I'll be able to adjust on Scott and Darrell's car before they make their passes. It will give us an advantage because I will know how the car will react."
With the help of Mopar factory engineers and designers, the Nickens Brothers team, led by co-owner David Nickens, have developed the new Hemi since its delivery in early January. The 500-cubic-inch Pro Stock engine, which formally replaced the Wedge V-8, was developed from a clean sheet of paper and remains in the early stages of development.=20
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