The NHRA’s Pro Stock team owners are overwhelmingly against the implementation of electronic fuel injection [EFI] and have done their due diligence in proving their case. No one from the NHRA has approached the Pro Stock fraternity about making the move, and for Pro Stock’s Rodger Brogdon, that’s fine.
Brogdon believes if or when the time comes, his group will have compelling evidence why moving forward with new technology isn’t in the class’ best interests.
“We’ve remained open minded about the EFI,” said Brogdon, one of two Pro Stock board members of the Professional Racers Organization [PRO]. “We are trying to figure out what is best for the class. We’ve had input from the manufacturers as well.”
Manufacturer support for EFI from Mopar, Ford and GM, Brogdon says, is nonexistent.
“The manufacturers have shared with us, that they love those hood scoops on the cars,” said Brogdon. “They believe the hood scoops make them look like a hot rod. With all the troubles that NASCAR has with EFI, they really want us to stay with the hood scoops.”
NASCAR implemented electronic fuel injection this season.
Brogdon said the proactivity of the Pro Stock owners is not intended to squelch the natural development of technology in the class but rather do what’s best for the class.
“Our intention is not to be adversarial at all,” added Brogdon. “We just wanted to provide all the information to the NHRA we can if the situation ever arose. I think we are all on the same page, and I believe the class will stay the same for about three years or so.”
NHRA’s VP of Technical Operations Glen Gray said he is proud of the way the Pro Stock teams are proactive in researching EFI for their class.
“I’m proud of the way they did their due diligence in researching what it would take to make the switch,” Gray said. “They explained to us what it would take and the big effort it would take. They told us there was no overwhelming desire to make the switch. This correlated with what the manufacturers have told us.
“If that were to change, either by the manufacturers or teams we would then start making moves in that direction. Without the desire from those parties involved, there’s no reason for us to move in that direction.”
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