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Stunt woman begins drag racing career with Mopar Max’s editor

Jennifer Caputo-Armstrong will start her drag racing career at Auto Club Fontana Dragway at the wheel of the Liquid Glow Racing 2007 Dodge Magnum.

Saturday, Feb. 24, is the opening of the Southern California Drag Racing Association season.


Caputo-Armstrong earned her Super Gas license four months ago and has never driven in competition. However, she is no novice, having raced six years in the Pro Woman motocross class. She makes her living as a stunt woman/stunt drive for the movies and television.


“The car is ready,” said crew chief, Richard Kratz (who is also Editor-Publisher of MoparMax.com). “The Magnuson supercharged Arrington Performance 426 [Gen III] HEMI is fresh and consistent. We have data on the car and our new crew has great team spirit and is working together really well. Jen has impressed the whole team with her incredible focus and meticulous approach to driving. From here, it’s a matter of her gaining seat time and the team keeping the car consistent and predictable.”    [02/22/18]

Race and Performance Expo is Feb. 24-25

This weekend is the date for the Race and Performance Expo held outside of Chicago at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL.


The show has racing retailers, engine and car builders, trailer sales, sanctioning bodies, a high-performance parts swap meet and more. Seminars also will be held on Saturday. To see the entire lineup go to www.raceperformanceexpo.com.   [02/22/18]

Dodge to sponsor NHRA Mile-High Nationals at Denver

Dodge has signed on as title sponsor of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national event at Bandimere Speedway in Denver.


The 2018 Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar marks the 30th year that FCA US LLC brands are race sponsors, one of the longest partnerships in all of motorsports. Mopar stands with Dodge as presenting sponsor for the challenging high-altitude event.


“We are proud to have Dodge taking on the lead role in the sponsorship of the Mile-High NHRA Nationals, while continuing with Mopar power as the presenting sponsor,” said John Bandimere III, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Bandimere Speedway. “During the last three decades we have had the privilege to see Mopar lead the way in performance, and bringing in the Dodge brand offers a new level of excitement and opportunity. The addition of night qualifying on Saturday continues to elevate the excitement and performance level making the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals, one of the premier events on the tour.”


The 39th annual Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar runs July 20-22. The event kicks off the historic three-race “Western Swing” of the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season that includes stops in California and Washington.


This year also marks the third consecutive year Dodge serves as the title sponsor of the Dodge NHRA Nationals in Reading, PA, which runs September 13-16. [02/22/18]

Dodge Durango boasts Mopar Performance Parts

New for 2018, Durango R/T and SRT models will feature factory-custom stripes and available performance exhaust systems. The Durango SRT will also offer an available carbon fiber interior and performance lowering spring kit, giving the menacing SUV an even lower stance and improved handling. Dodge will showcase the new features at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, Feb. 7-19.


“Our Dodge//SRT performance enthusiasts are always looking for ways to make their vehicle their own,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Cars, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “The available stripes and carbon fiber throughout the interior really give Durango a custom look from the factory, and they are perfectly complemented by Mopar’s available exhaust systems and performance springs, which make Durango even more fun to drive.”


New features available in the coming months include: New dual-center exterior stripe design covers the front and rear fascias, hood, portions of the roof and the tailgate; Mopar’s new performance exhaust systems are bolt on, high-performance units factory-tuned for improved flow, sound and overall performance; Mopar’s performance lowering spring kit enhances the Durango SRT’s already outstanding high-speed cornering stability and consistency; and The new SRT Interior Appearance Group, which features a premium-wrapped instrument panel, Dinamica soft-touch headliner and accent paint on speaker trim rings, adds an authentic carbon-fiber instrument panel and door bezels.  [02/22/18]

2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star is for Texans only

Ram unveiled the 2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star edition — the all-new version of the original “Texas Truck” — Feb. 14 at the Dallas Auto Show, the heart of America’s truck country.


The Ram 1500 Lone Star, the brand’s top-selling truck in Texas, offers buyers a no-compromise balance of strength, capability, technology and comfort.


“The hard-working appeal of the Ram Lone Star has made it a favorite among Texas truck buyers,” said Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand. “Trucks are an important part of Texas life, and Ram trucks are proven to last. Ram’s long-lasting reliability has helped the Ram 1500 cement the highest owner loyalty of any half-ton pickup.”


Standard 2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star equipment includes bright front and rear bumpers, chrome door handle centers, a bright grille surround with billet inserts, 18-inch aluminum wheels, fog lamps, 60/40 split rear bench seat and leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls.


In addition, monochromatic “Sport” and “Black” appearance packages are offered, creating a broad mix of interior and exterior themes for the new 2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star model.


Available only in Texas, 2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star models are distinguished by unique “Lone Star” tailgate and interior badges.   [02/22/18]

‘Drive for Design’ contest open for high school student

It’s time once again for high school students to rev up their creative engines. The FCA US Product Design Office is looking for aspiring young artists with a passion for automotive design to participate in the 2018 Drive for Design contest.


Returning for the sixth consecutive year, the Drive for Design contest challenges all U.S. high school students in grades 10-12 to design a Jeep® Wrangler for the year 2030. The FCA design team also is continuing its partnership with EyesOn Design and Lawrence Technological University for this year’s contest.


“The Drive for Design contest is a unique competition designed to help expose young artists to the various career opportunities in automotive design,” said Mark Trostle, Head of Performance, Passenger Car and Utility Vehicle Design, FCA – North America. “This year, we are offering aspiring designers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and work side-by-side with designers of some of the hottest vehicles on the road today.”


Winners will receive a personal one-on-one day of design inside the FCA Product Design Office. Prizes also include a two-week summer automotive design course at Lawrence Technological University. See the website for complete details. Entries must be submitted by April 27, 2018.  [02/22/18]

Goodguys raise vintage cutoff year to 1987

As the years pass, the minimum date for vintage cars needs to change also. Beginning this year the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association have announced they will open their gates to show cars from 1987 and earlier.


We applaud this move and think all nostalgia sanctioning bodies should follow. After all, one of these days our Managing Editor’s 1996 Dodge Caravan will be vintage. (Hey, it’s a classic!)  [02/22/18]

New Chrysler Slant Six Supercharger from TorqStorm

This new TorqStorm supercharger can produce a boost from 1,800 to 6,500 rpm, thanks to the design of the compressor wheel. The kit comes with a billet aluminum gear box housing and cover. Within the casing, straight-cut too steel gears are lubricated by an independent oiling system, and a three-quarter-inch thick mounting bracket secures the gear box and compressor assembly to the engine. TorqStorm’s newly designed blow-through carburetor hat is also included as well as an automatic belt tensioner, an 8in diameter crankshaft pulley, a 52mm vacuum-controlled blow-off valve, and related plumbing and mounting hardware. Conveniently, the V-band clamp on the compressor cover allows the supercharger outlet port to be rotated for easy routing of boosted air to the hat or intercooler. Visually compact and well-proportioned, the system works with the regular intake manifold and exhaust or header upgrades.   [02/22/18]

Driskell Racing Engines sponsors Big Bucks at Eddyville

Jim VanZee has been racing the Mopar brand in no-box classes for six decades at Eddyville.


Driskell Racing Engines have signed an agreement with Eddyville Raceway Park, Oskaloosa, Iowa, to sponsor the Big Bucks Bracket Bash, August 3-5.


Bracket racers in Top and Modified E.T. classes will run for the biggest bracket race purse ever presented at Eddyville Raceway Park. Starting on Friday, August 3 will be a 32-car shootout featuring $2,000 to the winner. On Saturday and Sunday, the winner in Top will collect $5,000 and in Modified $2,000 each day. Payout begins with third-round winners and the purse is guaranteed.


Junior Dragsters will have a 16-car shootout on Friday evening along with individual races on Saturday and Sunday. Other classes being contested over the weekend include Street ET, Super Street, Trophy Car and TCR. A pit vehicle race is also planned for Saturday evening!   [02/22/18]

Chrysler Performance Trade Show returns to Indianapolis

The 23rd annual Chrysler Performance Trade Show and Parts Swap Meet will be held March 3-4 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th St. in Indianapolis. Everything from new products to that hard-to-find used part you need to finish your project car will be available. The event is put together by Russ Flagle of Indy Cylinder Head, seen here at December’s PRI Show.[02/22/18]


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