Mopar Speed news 2005-04-14

Mopar Speed Thursday, April 14, 2005 !@sccafd Samuel Hubinette will begin his quest to repeat as the 2005 Formula Drift champion this weekend in New Jersey. Hubinette will reemerge onto the drifting scene behind the wheel of one of the most ...

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Thursday, April 14, 2005

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Samuel Hubinette will begin his quest to repeat as the 2005 Formula Drift champion this weekend in New Jersey. Hubinette will reemerge onto the drifting scene behind the wheel of one of the most powerful domestic sports cars of its time. Drifting enthusiasts and competitors alike will get a look at the Mopar Dodge Viper (shown at left in a moparspeed.com exclusive) this weekend when Hubinette competes at Wall Township Speedway.

Hubinette is the first to point out that the 2005 season is already much different from last year's. With all eyes sure to be on him, he's focused on making the most of this weekend's event.

"This weekend is going to be a trial run for the team," Hubinette said. "We tested earlier this week in Michigan to try to fine-tune the car as much as possible. It's going to be a work in progress throughout the season, but I have no doubt that we'll be able to put on a good show."

Hubinette will have the confidence of a champion on his side, though, as well as the expertise of the DC Performance team. The group's experience with and knowledge of the Mopar Dodge Viper will be an asset to their efforts.

"I've been working with the DC Performance team in the Viper Racing League, and we've won six events this season," Hubinette pointed out. "The relationship our team has is strong, and I feel that this team will work together well."

The "Crazy Swede" was crowned the inaugural Need for Speed Formula D Series champion in August of 2004 at Irwindale Speedway. He swept three of four events en route to the title. In 2005, Hubinette has picked up six Viper Racing League event wins competing for Rad Racing.

For more information regarding Mopar, Hubinette or DC Performance, log on to www.moparspeed.com, www.toxicdrift.com or www.dcperformance.com.

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Team Mopar Funny Car Drivers Feel Confident Heading Into Vegas

When the Don Schumacher Racing and Team Mopar Funny Car trio of Whit Bazemore, Gary Scelzi and Ron Capps compete this weekend in the NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, their comfort level will be at an all-time high.

Bazemore, driver of the Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Stratus R/T, will compete in his 300th career national event this weekend. With four previous runner-up finishes at The Strip, Bazemore has demonstrated he has the talent and ability to compete at the venue.

"We're going to Vegas with all the confidence in the world ... in our team and car, even though we've had some struggles this year," said Bazemore, currently second in the Funny Car points standings. "We've won a race, we've contended in all the other events and it's a team effort."

Scelzi will enter the event 10th in Funny Car points. He clocked a win in last season's second race at The Strip in October against John Force. Capps also had good results in Vegas, grabbing a win in 2001. He established an official career best speed of 324.75 mph at the first Vegas event last season.

Television coverage of the sixth annual NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals can be seen on ESPN2, beginning on Saturday with two hours of qualifying highlights starting at 10 p.m. EST. NHRA 2Day follows on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. EST, with two hours of final eliminations coverage scheduled for broadcast at 7 p.m. EST.

"Our team is getting stronger every race, our car's running better every race and I think we can rightly say that when we roll into Vegas we'll be one of the teams with a good chance of winning that race."
    Whit Bazemore, on the confidence he has in himself and his team entering this weekend's NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals.

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Team Mopar Pro Stock Trio Prepare to Roll the Dice at The Strip in Vegas

Allen Johnson is currently fourth in the Pro Stock points standings and will seek his second win of the season this weekend at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The Team Mopar Pro Stock assault of Allen Johnson, Richie Stevens Jr., and Jeg Coughlin Jr., will look to move up the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock points standings this weekend when they compete in the NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The event is the fifth in the 23-event 2005 schedule.

Allen Johnson, currently fourth in the Pro Stock points battle, will lead the Team Mopar trio into Vegas. Johnson claimed a victory earlier this year at the Checker Schuck's Kragen NHRA Nationals, and trails points leaders Warren Johnson by 93 points.

Don Schumacher Racing teammates Jeg Coughlin Jr., and Richie Stevens Jr., sit at eighth and twelfth, respectively, in the championship race. Stevens posted a quarterfinals finish at the Mac Tools Gatornationals on March 20 while Coughlin, in the last three events, has raced to one semifinal, one first round and one quarterfinal finish.

"We've been working toward having a consistent racecar and I think we've made great strides in that direction," said Coughlin. "We made six great runs in Houston and the team chemistry is really coming together."

Television coverage of the sixth annual NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals can be seen on ESPN2, beginning on Saturday with two hours of qualifying highlights starting at 10 p.m. EST. NHRA 2Day follows on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. EST, with two hours of final eliminations coverage scheduled for broadcast at 7 p.m. EST.

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Series NHRA , SCCA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Richie Stevens Jr. , Warren Johnson , Whit Bazemore , Ron Capps , John Force , Gary Scelzi , Allen Johnson , Don Schumacher , Samuel Hubinette