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Sneak Peak for Sportsman Racers and Fans at NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis
- Sportsman racers get sneak peek at 2015 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak test vehicle at National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) U.S. Nationals event
- First Drag Pak test vehicle previewed by Sportsman racers at Thursday evening Mopar Racers Reception with Mopar Legends and Ramchargers
- Mopar Performance Parts and SRT Motorsports engineers to answer questions and get feedback from Sportsman racers and Mopar legends on Drag Pak test vehicle
- Test vehicle to be shown at the Mopar display Friday and Saturday at Lucas Oil Raceway during NHRA U.S. Nationals event along with a 1968 HEMI® Dart Package car
- Mopar Challenger Drag Pak is only modern era package car to win Stock Eliminator class at Indianapolis and has also won Factory Shootout races
August 28, 2014 , Indianapolis - When looking to build a better, more competitive race car for the quarter-mile drag strip, who better to ask for feedback than the Sportsman drivers and the drag racing legends who have helped Chrysler Group’s Mopar brand build the reputation and heritage it has in motorsports?
The best place for that to happen of course would be at the prestigious 60th annual National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) U.S. Nationals event as the largest contingent of Sportsman and professional racers get set to compete at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Indiana, this weekend.
On Thursday evening, Sportsman racers were invited to meet many of the Mopar legends in the sport of drag racing including Don Garlits, Roland Leong, Ted Spehar, Herb McCandless, as well as members of the original Ramchargers — Tom Coddington, Al Adams and John Wehrly — at Mopar’s racers reception held at Lucas Oil Raceway. All then got the chance to preview the first 2015 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak test vehicle and to talk with Mopar Performance Parts and SRT Motorsports engineers about the proposed next generation drag pak.
Representing the Mopar Motorsports program at the reception are Tricia Hecker – Director Marketing, Dale Aldo – Motorsports manager, and Ed Hessell – Mopar Performance Parts manager. Engineers on hand to take the Sportsman racers’ questions and feedback include David Bailey –SRT Motorsports Engineering Senior Manager, Patrick Baer – SRT Motorsports Engine Group Engineering Supervisor, Steven Kouzoujian – SRT Motorsports Engine Group Senior Engineer, and Richard Talbot – SRT Motorsports Engine Group Engineering Specialist.
Mopar celebrates the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the Gen II 426 Race HEMI® this year. More than 45 years after the 1968 Dodge Dart and Plymouth Barracuda Mopar package cars contributed to building the brand’s reputation at the drag strip, Mopar still lives up to its heritage by continuing to add to the lineage of high performance quality products.
Remaining true to its roots, the brand is continuing its commitment to Sportsman racing with the development of the next generation Mopar Drag Pak. The 2015 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak test vehicle is the next step in the evolution of the modern day package car whose earlier incarnations include more than 150 V8 Challenger Drag Paks, an additional fifty V10 versions, as well as 426 Race HEMI® upgrade kits. The Mopar Challenger Drag Pak is the only modern era package car to win the Stock Eliminator title at the U.S. Nationals and has also won Factory Shootout races.
The test vehicle is built on the 2015 Dodge Challenger platform and sports a white body, a vintage stripe package, and 426 HEMI® identification. The drag pak test vehicle also includes the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT front and rear fascia trim, rear spoiler and a full roll cage fabricated to NHRA specifications.
Under the hood, Sportsman racers saw a 426 cubic-inch Race HEMI® engine with an aluminum block, steel liners and custom engine calibration. The car boasts a Chrysler-based 727 automatic transmission, a race-style stick shifter with integral line lock, and an aluminum driveshaft. The vehicle also is equipped with a weigh box in the trunk and a trunk-mounted 12 volt battery.
The interior is currently based on the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT interior with the addition of Mopar gauges, driver and passenger lightweight racing seats, along with... [Read More]
A Visit to Mo-Par City
by Steve Magnante, Scat Pack Forums
Last summer I had my first in-person encounter with Mo-Par City, a Mopar only salvage yard in Oregon, IL. Before that visit, I’d seen their magazine ads and heard fellow Mopar enthusiasts describe it as being one of the best sources for obscure and rare parts on the planet. So, last summer as part of the 2013 Dodge Dart Road Trip, we paid them a visit. Operated by Larry Pontnack, Mo-Par City is open from 9-to-5, Monday through Friday with Saturday visits by appointment (call 800-426-HEMI). Here’s a quick look at the tip of the ice berg that is Mo-Par City. –Steve Magnante
This aerial view hints at the 700 vintage Dodge, Plymouth, Chrysler, Imperial and DeSoto parts cars on site.
What’s more, the many enclosed buildings are packed with parts ranging from complete 440 Six Pack engines
to New Old Stock fenders and everything in between.
I’m a geek for exotic induction systems. Can you spot the quartet of 426 Street Hemi intake manifolds? How ‘bout the
Max Wedge cross ram? Mo-Par City also specializes in O.E. carburetors and says as values of 1972-up Mopar muscle cars
grows, so too does demand for the plastic-bodied Carter Thermo-Quad carburetors and spread-bore intake manifolds
they came with. Over a dozen are shown here.
Every proper restoration includes the right air cleaner. This hall of fame includes breathers for Air Grabbers,
twin-snorkel ’67 Coronet R/T’s and even a super-rare 1964 – ’65 Race Hemi unit (it’s the chrome one).
This rack of clean axles and springs stands ready for restoration use. The A100 van and Dodge D100 pickup truck
front axles on the top row are popular among builders of altered wheelbase Match Bash replicas, Gassers and Rat Rods.
Often a stumbling point in factory-correct restoration efforts, factory-original Hurst and Inland shift handles are
abundant at Mo-Par City. Can you spot the rare 1969 wood grain shift ball or the ’67 Charger reverse
lock-out shift handle? –Steve Magnante
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