Joliet: Matt Hagan to run special paint scheme

ROOKIE HAGAN TO SPORT FRAM TOUGH GUARD DESIGN ON FUNNY CAR IN CHICAGO CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (June 3, 2009) - In support of FRAM and his Don Schumacher teammate Cory McClenathan, NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Rookie-of-the-Year contender...

ROOKIE HAGAN TO SPORT FRAM TOUGH GUARD DESIGN ON FUNNY CAR IN CHICAGO

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (June 3, 2009) - In support of FRAM and his Don Schumacher teammate Cory McClenathan, NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Rookie-of-the-Year contender Matt Hagan will trade the shelor.com Funny Car body for a FRAM Tough Guard design on the Dodge Charger he will drive in this weekend's NHRA Route 66 Nationals in Joliet, Ill.

The Top Fuel dragster that McClenathan races for Don Schumacher Racing will wear a different, unique design for this weekend's event at Route 66 Raceway, outside of Chicago, the details of which will be announced later this week.

"We've been planning for some time to help provide FRAM some additional excitement to their branding," said team owner Don Schumacher. "So, we've come up with a special design for the Funny Car Matt Hagan drives for DSR to help promote the FRAM Tough Guard brand and as a way to say thanks to FRAM for their support."

"We're thrilled to have Matt Hagan representing the FRAM brand in Chicago," said Kelley O'Donnell, Director of Global Coolants and CPG Motorsports for Honeywell Consumer Products. "He is a terrific young driver and has a long successful career ahead of him."

For Hagan, Route 66 Raceway is another new race track he'll have to learn during his rookie season, as this will be his first trip to what is considered one of the smoothest and fastest drag strips on the NHRA circuit.

"I've never been to Chicago before," said Hagan, who has reached one final round this season and stands seventh in the rankings. "I heard it is really a great track. I'm looking forward to getting there early. I'm excited to be running the FRAM Tough Guard body in support of one of DSR's top sponsors, and I'll get to meet all the people at Schumacher Electric while I'm there.

"It's going to be great because it's Don's home track and I can't wait to get on this drag strip because everyone has told me it's a really fast race track, and hopefully we'll have good conditions this weekend.

"It's exciting to learn these new tracks and check them off on the 'done' list and make sure we do the right stuff to go rounds. We're coming off of two first-round losses in a row, which we're not used to. We're going to have to see how strong everybody is out here, keep our heads up, move forward and keep going rounds."

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Cory McClenathan , Don Schumacher , Matt Hagan