by Wes Buck, Drag Illustrated Sun, 2016-05-29 08:28
Steve Jackson, perennial frontrunner in the hyper-competitive Professional Drag Racing Association’s Pro Nitrous division, announced today a multi-year partnership with His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Hamad Al Khalifa and Bahrain 1 Racing. The agreement will see Jackson continue to field his popular 1969 Chevy Camaro in PDRA Pro Nitrous competition beginning with the fast-approaching PDRA Summer Drags at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan.
“I have to admit, I’m pretty fired up right now,” says Jackson, one of drag racing’s most colorful and celebrated personalities. “To have a partner like Bahrain 1 Racing, honestly, is a big deal – an extremely big deal. Me, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, and the whole Bahrain 1 Racing team, we all have the same goals, so I think this is going to be a fun and exciting deal for all of us.”
by John Doig Sat, 2016-05-28 09:40
Three-time NHRA Top Fuel champ Larry Dixon will return to Australia to race for Rapisarda Autosport International at the Willowbank Winternationals on June 9-12.
Dixon, who finished fourth on the NHRA Mello Yello series in 2015, will be joined by legendary tuner Lee Beard.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to be invited by Santo and the Rapisarda family to race again in Australia,” said Dixon. “I got a call from the Rapisarda boys - Santino and Santo Jr. - and we had a chat about coming back to race in Australia. They are really keen to run the first 4.40 sec. pass in Australia and wanted me to be part of it. Back in 1999 I ran the first pass under the 4.50 barrier in America with a 4.86 at Houston and if I have the opportunity to be the first in Australia to go under 4.50 at Willowbank that would be great and would look good in the resume.
by Bobby Bennett Thu, 2016-05-26 17:56
The last time Billy Glidden drove a turbocharged race car was in 2001, and he had to pull two Lenco transmission levers simultaneously in an attempt to correct an unruly, wheelstanding race car. The dramatic action barely fazed the Outlaw 10.5 car; and when the front end returned to earth, it became evident the front tires were out of balance and as a result, the windows nearly shook out. Glidden returned to the pits, parked the car and said to the car's owner, "Thanks, but no thanks. I have my car."
Glidden has a second chance to climb aboard a horse of another color as it was announced on May 25, 2016, in a joint partnership with the Harry Hruska-owned team, Precision Turbo Enterprises and Mickey Thompson Tires, the multi-time ADRL champion will replace Jonathan Gray as the driver for the pacesetting entry.
By Larry Crum; Photo by Larry Crum Thu, 2016-05-26 14:14
Just one month ago, veteran Funny Car pilot Tim Wilkerson was riding high atop the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series standings with two wins, three finals and one of finest starts of his career.
Now, following a rather strange incident at the NHRA Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka, he is left with a broken car, a bruised ego and a ton of questions about just what went wrong.
by Bobby Bennett Thu, 2016-05-26 11:58
Strange Engineering, the rearend and axle manufacturer for Tim Wilkerson's Funny Car team, has ruled out those components as a possible cause of his crash at the NHRA Kansas Nationals following a Tuesday inspection.