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Under the Pentastar: Aug. 22, 2014

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A real victory celebration

by Dale Jewett


Mopar driver Ron Capps celebrates his NHRA Funny Car win.

It had been awhile since NHRA Funny Car driver Ron Capps had stood on the winners' podium. Seventeen events, to be exact, stretching back to August 2013.

Capps had driven his Mopar-powered Dodge Charger R/T to five Funny Car semifinal rounds this season but came up short every time.

The drought ended Sunday, when Capps beat Alexis DeJoria to the finish line at the NHRA New England Nationals. It was the second Funny Car win in as many meets for Mopar...
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Racing Vipers ready for return to Long Beach

by Dale Jewett

Vipers race in Long Beach in 2013.

A year ago, the racing Vipers of the SRT Motorsports team were happy to leave the ALMS race in Long Beach, Calif., with a pole position and a podium finish in the GT class.

This weekend the Viper GTS-R race cars return to Long Beach with the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship with more confidence and podium finishes in the first two races of this season.

Drivers Marc Goossens and Dominik Farnbacher in the No. 91 car and Kuno Wittmer and Jonathan Bomarito in the No. 93...
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Celebrating Strength and Power

by Dale Jewett

Matt Hagan's Funny Car and Luke the elephant

Strength, power and size. Those qualities have made the 426 HEMI racing engine a dominant force and earned it the nickname "The Elephant."

That helps explain why Mopar is hanging out with elephants as it spends the year celebrating the 50th anniversary of this legendary powerplant.

The impact that the 426 HEMI would have on racing became apparent as soon as it hit the track in Daytona Beach, Fla., in 1964. That's where an up-and-coming stock car driver named Richard Petty used the brand-new racing...

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NHRA's Dodge Dart Developed with Street Car Technology

by Dale Jewett

Dodge Dart Pro Stock NHRA race car in Chrysler Group wind tunnel.

The new Dodge Dart Pro Stock race car that debuts at the NHRA Gatornationals in Florida this weekend has a bit more of the DNA from the street-legal Dart than you might expect.

Race team engineers used the same computerized design tools Chrysler Group engineers used to create the production Dart to develop the Dart Pro Stock that Mopar racers Allen Johnson and Jeg Coughlin Jr. will use this weekend. Fellow Mopar Driver Vieri Gaines will have his new Dart race car ready...
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Six of the fastest men you'll ever meet

by Dale Jewett

SRT Viper GTS-R race cars on track at Daytona International Speedway

Sure, much of the country is snowed under. But engines are being fired up and suspensions adjusted at Daytona International Speedway as the SRT Motorsports team gets ready for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, which is just three weeks away.

Part of getting the team ready for the around-the-clock race, which opens the season for the new IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, is filling out the driver roster. This marks the first time the Viper race car has been in the...
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