AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (Jan. 16, 2001) - The NHRA Pro Stock category has two more Mopars to contend with in 2001. Team Koretsky, with drivers Kenny Koretsky and Rickie Smith, have joined forces with Team Mopar to run a semi-factory backed two-car...
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (Jan. 16, 2001) - The NHRA Pro Stock category has two more Mopars to contend with in 2001.
Team Koretsky, with drivers Kenny Koretsky and Rickie Smith, have joined forces with Team Mopar to run a semi-factory backed two-car Pro Stock effort for the 2001 NHRA Winston Drag Racing season. With David Nickens supplying Hemi engines, the duo will begin competition under the Mopar banner as soon as their new Dodge Neons are ready for competition.
"There are so many more opportunities with Mopar," said Koretsky, who also owns the team. "I am grateful that Mopar has faith in this team. Both Rickie and I couldn't be more thrilled."
Smith has five IHRA Pro Stock World Championships and two NHRA Pro Stock national event victories to his credit, including the 2000 Matco Tools Supernationals at Houston Raceway Park. The 47-year-old veteran has also made 10 final-round appearances in NHRA Pro Stock competition.
Koretsky is no stranger to the strip either, being the only driver in NHRA history to qualify in two professional categories (Top Fuel and Pro Stock) at the same national event during the 1990 spring NHRA race at Firebird International Raceway in Phoenix, Ariz. Koretsky also boasts 10 semifinal round outings in NHRA Pro Stock activity.
"I think Team Koretsky switching over to Mopar power is a testament to just how far this program has come," said DaimlerChrysler Drag Racing Program Manager Brett Fischer, speaking of Mopar's new Hemi engine project developed during the 2000 NHRA campaign. "It just demonstrates that the hard work and determination put forth by Mopar's engineers and development teams (Nickens Racing and Larry Morgan Racing) is starting to pay off."
The 2001 season starts with the traditional NHRA Winternationals at Pomona (Calif.) Raceway Feb. 1-4.