Mopar Speed news 2004-12-13

Mopar Speed Monday, December 13, 2004 NHRA PS Don Schumacher Racing and Jeg's set for 2005 NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Series Run While it's no secret that Don Schumacher Racing and Jeg Coughlin Jr. have joined forces for the 2005 racing season,...

Mopar Speed
Monday, December 13, 2004

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Don Schumacher Racing and Jeg's set for 2005 NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Series Run

While it's no secret that Don Schumacher Racing and Jeg Coughlin Jr. have joined forces for the 2005 racing season, the solidification of the new team was completed with the unveiling of the Jeg's Mail Order Dodge Stratus R/T at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show in Indianapolis.

Led by legendary Pro Stock champion-turned-crew-chief Bob Glidden, this latest addition to the Don Schumacher Racing stable will enter the 2005 racing season with the experience of 12 NHRA Pro Stock Series championships behind it. Glidden is a 10-time series champion, and Coughlin Jr. won both the 2000 and 2002 series' titles.

While the Glidden/Coughlin combination is sure to be a driving force behind the team, the 2005 season will also mark a manufacturer transition for Coughlin and Jeg's Mail Order, as the team will join the Dodge Motorsports family in 2005.

"Our goal is to challenge for a world NHRA Pro Stock title this coming year," Schumacher said. "By fully implementing and utilizing the research and development technology that Dodge Motorsports and Mopar can offer us, as well as the expertise of the chassis engineers, we'll be able to prepare for the upcoming season. We're also looking to involve the resources that Dodge Motorsports has on the NASCAR side. Hopefully, we'll be able to incorporate that knowledge into our Pro Stock program."

A well-known presence in the NHRA Pro Stock ranks, Coughlin Jr.'s experience will also help to boost the team's effort. In addition to winning two NHRA Pro Stock Championships, Coughlin Jr.'s resume also includes the 1992 Super Gas Championship and the 2004 Super Stock Hemi Challenge title. With his sights set on his third NHRA Pro Stock Series Championship, Coughlin Jr. is also looking forward to becoming a part of Team Mopar.

Pre-season testing is scheduled for the coming weeks, and the Jeg's Mail Order Dodge Stratus R/T team will make its competition debut at Pomona Raceway at the season-opening 45th Annual Carquest Auto Parts Winternationals, February 10-13.

For more information regarding Jeg's Mail Order Racing log on to teamjegs.com. Or for more information about Don Schumacher Racing click here: donschumacherracing.com.

"I have seen the relationship, from a distance, that Mopar has extended to the NHRA and Don Schumacher Racing and I know the partnership between us all should be pretty powerful. The key is to get the team acclimated with one another. With that said, we look to have the focus on the success of the program as we start the season. Our goal is to win races and accumulate enough points to be crowned the 2005 POWERade Pro Stock Champions."
    Coughlin Jr. sees great potential in the partnership between Mopar, Don Schumacher Racing his 2005 Jeg's Mail Order Dodge Stratus R/T team.

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Look for Jay Drake tonight at 8:30 on the Speed Channel.

Mopar's Drake to appear on Speed Channel's "SpeedFreaks TV"

Team Mopar driver Jay Drake will appear on one of Speed Channel's most hardcore racing programs, "SpeedFreaks TV," tonight, December 13. Drake will chat with hosts Kenny Sargent, Crash Gladys, Statt Mann Caruthers and Lugg Nuttz from the Mopar Speedshop at SEMA, beginning at 8:30 p.m. EST. The program is scheduled to re-air on December 14 at 12:30 a.m. EST and 7:30 a.m. EST.

Drake, who was crowned the 2004 USAC National Sprint Car Series Champion on December 10, captured his first national USAC title with Team Mopar. He also finished sixth in the USAC National Silver Crown Series championship, winning three consecutive races en route to his Top-10 series finish. Drake posted four victories in USAC National Sprint Car Series competition over the course of the 2004 season.

Log on to SpeadFreaks.TV for your local station or to listen live on the Internet.

"SpeedFreaks" can be heard every Sunday Night on the Freak Radio Network. The network houses over 80 radio stations across the United States, including such major markets at Los Angeles, Chicago, Indianapolis, Detroit and Las Vegas. Additional coverage can be heard on the Internet at sportsbyline.com ; the Armed Forces Network; and Sirius Satellite Radio channel 122, via Sports Byline USA.

Team Mopar clutches several honors for a winning racing season

The Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises team wrapped up the 2004 season in championship form over the weekend, as Jay Drake, Cory Kruseman and Tony Stewart received several honors. Drake was named as the Non-Winged Driver of the Year in the North American Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll on Thursday night. Earning seven of the 17 first-place ballots, Drake was presented with the award during an award ceremony hosted by the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame at the Westin Hotel in Indianapolis. Stewart and the No. 20 and No. 21 teams were also honored as the Team of the Year for the second straight year.

The awards for Drake continued to roll in on Friday evening at the USAC awards banquet, which was held at the Downtown Marriott in Indianapolis. Drake was honored for winning the 2004 USAC National Sprint Car Series Championship, which was his first national USAC title. In addition to earning cash, a champion's ring and the key to the city of Indianapolis, Drake was also named as the USAC Super License champion.

Drake's teammate and third-place finisher in this year's USAC National Sprint Car Series championship, Cory Kruseman, was named as the Jimmy Caruthers Award winner. The award, which is given to the competitor who shows the most spirit and determination throughout the season, is recognized as one of USAC's most prestigious.

Team Mopar's USAC teams will begin the 2005 season on January 29-30 at the Copper World Classic in Phoenix, Arizona.

NEWS
Mopar drivers drive for fun in Mopar Virtual Dirt Track Challenge

Mopar's presence at the 17th annual Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show last week was highlighted by the Virtual Dirt Track Challenge, which drew thousands of attendees to the competition. Featuring Team Mopar drivers Jay Drake and Josh Wise, the Mopar Virtual Dirt Track Challenge drew some stiff competition for our open-wheel racing standouts.

Wise found himself in the driver's seat against 15-year-old Chase Austin, the newly signed Hendrick Motorsports protege. Drake squared off against Kory Drake, (son of the No. 9 Lewis Racing crew chief Kelly Drake) and Chuck Gurney, Jr., USAC Western States and Golden State Challenge standout. All three competitors earned Mopar Performance jackets for their efforts against Team Mopar.

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Series NHRA , USAC
Drivers Tony Stewart , Jeg Coughlin , Bob Glidden , Cory Kruseman , Jay Drake , Josh Wise , Don Schumacher , Chase Austin
Teams Hendrick Motorsports