Indianapolis: Mopar re-signs as Hemi Challenge sponsor

GLENDORA, Calif. - Mopar Performance Parts has renewed its sponsorship with the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) to sponsor the Hemi Challenge for the second consecutive year, NHRA officials announced. The Mopar Performance Parts Hemi...

GLENDORA, Calif. - Mopar Performance Parts has renewed its sponsorship with the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) to sponsor the Hemi Challenge for the second consecutive year, NHRA officials announced.

The Mopar Performance Parts Hemi Challenge II will take place on Friday, Aug. 30, during the 48th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park. More than 20 1968 SS/AA Plymouth Barracudas and Dodge Darts will compete for the coveted $10,000 bonus awarded to the winner of the Hemi Challenge.

"We're pleased that Mopar Performance Parts has chosen to support the Hemi Challenge for the second year in a row," said Len Imbrogno, NHRA director of sportsman racing and member tracks. "The Hemi Challenge brings together the best SS/AA Hemi cars from across the nation for what has grown to become one of the most anticipated bonus events on the NHRA schedule. These Barracudas and Darts have a great fan following wherever they compete and the Hemi Challenge is one of the most popular events of the U.S. Nationals weekend."

NHRA competitors who are eligible for the competition in the Hemi Challenge are those who compete in the Super Stock/A-Automatic (SS/AA) category. Limited production Hemi-powered Barracudas and Darts made famous by legendary NHRA pioneers Ronnie Sox and Dick Landy in the 1960s won numerous national events and national championships in the lightweight, high-horsepower Super Stock entries.

"Mopar Performance Parts chose to sponsor the Hemi Challenge because of the rich heritage these cars have had at not only the U.S. Nationals, but drag strips across the country," said David Hakim, marketing manager Mopar Performance Parts. "Mopar recognizes the hard work and dedication of not only the loyal racers, but to the engine builders who have worked long and hard to make the Hemi engine what it is today. The likes of Ray Barton, Harry Holton, Don MacCallum and Charlie Westcott have really elevated the Super Stock Hemi package to a significant level. When Mopar Performance Parts reintroduced the block and cylinder heads several years ago, we did so with the major improvements over the original design that would allow these innovative engine builders to produce more than 850 horsepower from the same basic engine configuration of 34 years ago."

Bucky Hess, from Bunkerhill, W.Va., drove his '68 Barracuda to the 2001 Hemi Challenge title.

Mopar Performance Parts offers a wide variety of factory engineered high-performance parts for Chrysler, Plymouth, Dodge and Jeep vehicles. Mopar Performance Parts are manufactured to the highest standards and designed to give enthusiasts and professional racers the competitive edge they demand.

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., the NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. It presents 23 national events through its NHRA POWERADE Drag Racing Series. The NHRA has more than 80,000 members nationwide and more than 130 member tracks.

The NHRA-sanctioned sportsman and bracket racing series' provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels. The NHRA develops the stars of tomorrow by offering the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series, NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series and the NHRA Street Legal Program. The NHRA also offers the NHRA Castrol GTX Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17.

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