Pro Mod: Fred Hahn Joliet preview

Fred Hahn ready for high performance on Route 66 (Raceway, that is) JOLIET, Ill. (May 19, 2004) - The ever-exciting, crowd-pleasing Pro Mods move to Chicagoland and this weekend's NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge, an NHRA exhibition...

Fred Hahn ready for high performance on Route 66 (Raceway, that is)

JOLIET, Ill. (May 19, 2004) - The ever-exciting, crowd-pleasing Pro Mods move to Chicagoland and this weekend's NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge, an NHRA exhibition class, as the NHRA Route 66 Nationals unfolds at the state-of-the-art-drag racing facility, the Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill.

Fred Hahn, who drives the Jim Oddy-owned, Summit Racing-backed '01 Corvette, will take to the track Friday when qualifying begins to see if his recent good fortune of qualifying No.1 at the last Pro Mod race in Bristol, Tenn. is for real.

After a five race drought on the NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge, Hahn took the top qualifying spot at the NHRA O'Reilly Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway. Although he won the 2003 DRO/NMM Cup, the West Seneca, N.Y., driver failed to make the field for the last three races of the 2003 season and first two races of this season.

"It's been frustrating not making the fields," said Hahn. "Most all teams are able to come to the first race in Gainesville, Fla. (the Mac Tools Gatornationals) with some testing under their belt. Living in the Buffalo area we don't have the luxury during the winter months to get on a racetrack and test. Therefore at the beginning of our 2004 season we had to use Gainesville, Houston and Bristol to test. It's just starting to pay off.

"Now that we've been able to test and both the NHRA and IHRA seasons are in full swing, both Jim (Oddy) and myself, feel we are now starting to operate on the same playing field as the rest of the drivers. Hopefully, that means good things for the Chicago race. I can't wait to get on the track and see. We have a lot of catching up to do but we are still after the Pro Mod championship."

Hahn joined Jim Oddy as his driver in 1989. He's an aggressive driver who's known for his quick, instinctive control of violent race cars under severe conditions, and Oddy is just the type of builder to supply Hahn with an aggressive car. This combination should adapt well to the high speeds and quick elapsed times that the Route 66 Raceway track produces.

The success of their partnership is obvious. Oddy-Hahn are no strangers to winning.

In 1995 and 1996, Hahn won the Super Chevy Alcohol Pro Modified championship, and in 1997, he won the first ever Super Chevy Nitro Coupe championship.

For the 1998 season, Oddy-Hahn moved to IHRA and Hahn finished 4th in the Pro Modified points standings. In 1999, their vintage 1954 Vette flew to a 2nd place finish in the final standings. Moving up a notch in 2000, Hahn took the IHRA championship.

Early in 2001 IHRA season Hahn and Oddy struggled with a new 2001 Corvette, but finished the season strong. They won two events and were runner-up once, to finish fifth in the IHRA points chase.

Oddy-Hahn also joined the new Pro Mod exhibition class established by NHRA in 2001. At the final event of the 5-race season in Indianapolis, Hahn claimed low elapsed time of the race when he recorded a pass of 6.170 seconds at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

With the NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge increasing to 10 races in 2002, he won the Pro Mod class at the NHRA Matco Tools Supernationals in Englishtown, N.J.. He then claimed two more titles in 2003. The first came at the NHRA Mac Tools Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tenn. The other came at this track approximately one year ago at the NHRA Lucas Oil Route 66 Nationals.

These two wins, along with four No. 1 qualifying positions, propelled Hahn to the 2003 DRO/NMM Cup, emblematic of winning the Pro Mod point championship. Hahn has the quickest and fastest pass for the Pro Mod class, recording a 6.072 second run and a speed of 234.53 mph at Houston last year..

"Chicago would be a great place to repeat and get my first win of 2004," stated Hahn emphatically.

Qualifying for all Pro Mod cars begins Friday with two sessions at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m., followed by two sessions on Saturday at 2 and 5 p.m. Eliminations for all classes get underway on Sunday at 11 a.m. All times is Central Daylight Time (CDT).

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