Denver: Whit Bazemore to fly new colors

GOLDEN, Colo. (July 17, 2003) -- Mopar unveiled its new 'Bling Bling' paint scheme for Whit Bazemore's Dodge Stratus Funny Car entry today. These colors will be run during this weekend's Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway. This is...

GOLDEN, Colo. (July 17, 2003) -- Mopar unveiled its new 'Bling Bling' paint scheme for Whit Bazemore's Dodge Stratus Funny Car entry today. These colors will be run during this weekend's Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

This is the first season Mopar has been associated with team owner Don Schumacher and his Illinois-based Schumacher Racing organization.

"Whit's new Mopar Funny Car showcases the authentic blue and black of the Mopar brand -- Edgy, bold and fast," said Kevin Miller, Mopar Brand Excitement Manager. "We're excited to be a partner this year with the entire Don Schumacher race family. Their performance speaks for itself, as Whit has already won two races this season, while teammate Gary Scelzi pilots the fastest Funny Car in the world -- driving his Dodge Stratus to a speed of 328.06 mph. That's the first Funny Car to ever crack the 328-mph mark in NHRA history!"

Bazemore has been very competitive this season. He currently sits second in the NHRA POWERade Funny Car points race, making three-straight, final-round appearances earlier this season. Bazemore won at both Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., and Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., during that streak.

"It's exciting to be racing in Denver with Mopar behind us," said the Indianapolis resident. "To unveil a very cool new paint scheme on my Dodge Stratus at the Mopar Mile-High Nationals is pretty big for this race team. Not to mention that this is one of my favorite races we run every year. It's special for me. We're going to go out there and try to win this race for the third time.

"There are so many ingredients to making a successful race team," Bazemore continued. "And on the body of a Funny Car -- like my Dodge Stratus -- the aerodynamics play a critical role. We rely on Dodge and this Stratus body to give us the aerodynamics to make us more competitive, especially at this race in Denver. It's going to be extremely important. We're at a high altitude and that means we'll need all the downforce we can get, but still have the least amount of drag possible. That's what the Dodge Stratus body gives us."

The mountain has been kind to Bazemore, as he won both the 1997 and 2000 Mopar Mile-High Nationals. He also captured two-straight, number-one qualifiers (2000, 2001) and became the first to crack into the four-second range with a 4.99-second pass during the 2000 race.

Bazemore will debut the new Mopar 'Bling Bling' Dodge Stratus when Funny Car qualifying commences during the 2003 Mopar Mile-High Nationals at 5 p.m., MST on Friday.

-Mopar.com-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Whit Bazemore , Gary Scelzi , Don Schumacher