Jim Dunn Racing Signs Mooneyes for 2000

LOS ANGELES (August 25, 1999) -- Jim Dunn Racing is proud to announce that Mooneyes will be a major sponsor on their Pontiac Firebird Funny Car for the 2000 NHRA campaign, Dunn's 50th anniversary in the sport. Red Line Racing Oil will be a...

LOS ANGELES (August 25, 1999) -- Jim Dunn Racing is proud to announce that Mooneyes will be a major sponsor on their Pontiac Firebird Funny Car for the 2000 NHRA campaign, Dunn's 50th anniversary in the sport. Red Line Racing Oil will be a prominent associate sponsor. "We are proud to once again be associated with NHRA Winston Drag Racing as the major sponsor for Jim Dunn Racing and we look forward to helping Jim celebrate his 50th year in the sport," said Shige Suganuma, CEO of Mooneyes. "He is one of the true icons of drag racing as proven by his longevity and his ability to adapt over the years to the changing face of the sport. We look forward to an exciting year of drag racing and anticipate competing for the Winston Funny Car championship." Jim Dunn is one of the original pioneers of NHRA Drag Racing. He began his career in 1950 as a competitor when the popularity of the sport was just starting to take hold on local strips throughout Southern California. Over the years, Dunn has accumulated numerous wins and held performance records as both a driver and a crew chief. He won the 1972 Supernationals in Ontario, Calif., the 1981 World Finals in Irvine, Calif., and was runner-up at the 1981 U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. He finished 10th in the NHRA Winston Funny Car standings in 1981. After retiring from driving in 1990, Dunn's career continued to flourish as a respected crew chief, technical advisor and car-owner. He wrenched cars to numerous victories throughout the decade including the 1997 Big Bud Shootout in Indianapolis, and the 1998 Pontiac Excitement Nationals in Columbus, Ohio. This year, Frank Pedregon is at the wheel of the Jim Dunn Racing Funny Car and is one of only five drivers to qualify at every race this season. He was runner-up at the Autolite Nationals in Sonoma, Calif., and going into the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, he is sixth in the Winston points standings. "This is a tough sport to be successful in, and without good sponsors it's almost impossible to be competitive," Dunn said. "We are extremely proud to have Mooneyes on board for the 2000 season because not only do they manufacture high-quality racing equipment, but they will also provide us with the resources necessary to make a legitimate run at the Winston Funny Car championship. Now it's up to myself and the rest of the team to give Mooneyes the best race car possible and I'm confident that we will do that. Mooneyes was started in 1949 by Dean Moon. Over the last 50 years they have developed and maintained a reputation for producing high-quality, innovative and unique racing products.

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