Personett joins R2B2 Racing as driver, crew chief
DULUTH, Ga. (Dec. 10) -- Multi-car team owner and driver Roger Burgess has hired Brad Personett to tune and drive a turbo-powered Pro Mod racecar under the ProCare Rx umbrella. Personett will relocate to Burgess' R2B2 Racing shop in Duluth, Ga., immediately and begin preparations for the 2011 Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
"I'm pleased that Brad has joined the R2B2 Racing family," Burgess said. "He'll be tuning our hemi-powered turbo Pro Mod cars and will also continue to drive his car and compete for the championship himself in 2011. Additionally, Brad will help us in the development of a chassis specifically designed for turbo-powered racecars."
Personett has achieved unparalleled success with his turbo-powered entry, which he's been campaigning for three years. He currently holds the national record for top speed in the Pro Mod class with his run of 255.39 mph, set at this year's U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis.
"This is an awesome opportunity for me and I couldn't be more excited about joining Roger, Al Billes, and the rest of the team," Personett said. "It's very satisfying to know that all this work we've put into this program will continue forward. I think it's important to have the diversity of turbo, nitrous, and supercharged cars in the Pro Mod class, especially as we work towards Roger's goal of having a Worldwide Pro Mod Association."
Early indications point to several new turbo-powered cars competing in the Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series in 2011 as other racers fellow Personett's lead and attempt to tame the incredible horsepower the combination produces.
"Brad had an outstanding season, winning two races and finishing third in the points," Burgess said. "He also showed the Pro Mod world that a turbo-powered car can be very competitive in quarter-mile drag racing by becoming the first turbo driver to win an NHRA national event in Pro Mod. Now several others are wanting to get on board. It's going to be a great season."
Burgess will once again field his own '68 Camaro in Pro Mod to compliment Personett's entry. He also owns and supports the In-N-Out Burger Dodge Charger R/T of Funny Car driver Melanie Troxel, which will compete in all 22 NHRA Full Throttle national events in 2011.