Doge, Team Mopar, John Nobile suspend R&D program

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (July 11, 2000) -- Dodge Motorsports, Team Mopar and NHRA Pro Stock driver/team owner John Nobile announced today an agreement to suspend his team's involvement in the Hemi engine research and development program. Dodge took...

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (July 11, 2000) -- Dodge Motorsports, Team Mopar and NHRA Pro Stock driver/team owner John Nobile announced today an agreement to suspend his team's involvement in the Hemi engine research and development program.

Dodge took a clean-sheet-of-paper approach and began developing the Hemi engine in January of this year to replace the Wedge V-8, which had seen more than 10 years of competition in NHRA's Pro Stock division. Working closely with Dodge product engineers and designers, Nobile Racing, Larry Morgan Racing and Nicken's Brothers Racing have been at the forefront of the new Hemi's research and development.

"Dodge has a long track record of developing our people, processes and products at speed," said John Baumgartner, Dodge Motorsports and Team Mopar drag racing program manager. "We develop cars, and in this case engines, in the heat of competition and are accustomed to working in this environment. John has been a tremendous resource to the development of the Hemi engine, but we just couldn't meet his competitive needs in this short time frame. We consider this a temporary break and would like to continue our relationship with him in the future."

Nobile's team is one of four Dodge Motorsports and Team Mopar backed efforts competing in NHRA's Pro Stock category. Along with teammate Morgan (driver of the Dodge Motorsports Pro Stock entry and Nobile's teammate/engine builder), Nobile worked closely with Team Mopar drivers Darrell Alderman and Scott Geoffrion.

"With the engine program still in the real early stages of development, I just felt that having a fourth car, which is myself, would be a burden on the Hemi's development," Nobile said. "It's been difficult for Larry Morgan to provide both teams with all the parts needed. It just takes time.

"Dodge has been good to me and I would love to come back in the future," Nobile added.

The announcement comes as the NHRA series prepares for this weekend's Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo.

Working in partnership with DaimlerChrysler Corporation and Mopar engineers, designers and technicians in a virtual extended enterprise, the team interacts on a regular basis to execute the Company's racing programs as one solid unified effort - a true platform approach. The working partnership between the team, Mopar and DaimlerChrysler has resulted in accelerated development and new parts design, which have enhanced the performance capabilities of the team.

All of DaimlerChrysler's racing efforts, including the Team Mopar Pro Stock program, have been significant in contributing engineering and quality improvements in Mopar's genuine replacement parts for Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles. Nothing fits your car better or last longer than genuine Mopar parts.

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Series NHRA
Drivers John Nobile , Darrell Alderman , Scott Geoffrion