VOLUME XIII, ISSUE 3 - JULY- AUGUST, 2018
MoparMax covers all automotive things Mopar. A new issue of MoparMax.com is published on or around the 15th of each month and is updated throughout the month.
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Interest continues to grow as this year’s Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge attracted more than 44,000 enthusiasts from around the country to watch and participate in legal street racing on historic Woodward Avenue on Saturday, Aug. 11.
"Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge is an absolute larger-than-life event that represents what Dodge is all about: power, performance and excitement,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge//SRT, Chrysler, and FIAT, FCA – North America. “Going beyond the need for speed, this event offers an incredible opportunity for pure enthusiasts to come together and share their passion for classic and performance car culture in a sanctioned environment.”
At this year’s event, 128 street-legal cars hit the specially prepped 1/8-mile drag strip on Woodward Avenue between Rapid Street and South Boulevard to compete in high-powered drag racing for cash prizes. Racing ended early due to heavy rains, so the top 16 total finalists split $20,000. The quickest Dodge cars in both the small and large tire categories also took home $5,000 each.
James Pranis, Pennsylvania: 1968 Dodge Charger (Big Tire)
Peter Bokedon, Michigan: 1972 Dodge Dart (Small Tire)
Top 8 Finalists (Big Tire)
Gary Box, Ohio: 1965 Chevrolet Corvette
Craig Groebner, Minnesota: 1971 Chevrolet Nova
Leon Hudson, Virginia: 1965 Plymouth Barracuda
Jimmer Kline, Michigan: 1966 Pontiac GTO
Jim Kline III, Michigan: 1996 Chevrolet Arcadian
Mike Mislivec, Michigan: 1982 Pontiac Trans AM
Bryan Rosario, Michigan: 1972 Chevrolet Camaro
Mark McGill, Michigan: 1978 Chevrolet Camaro
Top 8 Finalists (Small Tire)
Peter Bokedon, Michigan: 1972 Dodge Dart
William Gill, Michigan: 1966 Shelby Cobra
Adam Hodson, Indiana: 1973 Chevrolet Camaro
Kenny Laflower, Indiana: 1970 AMC Javelin
John Lopez, Ohio: 1988 Ford Mustang
Justin Spiniolas, Illinois: 1991 GMC Sonoma
Carl Stancell, Michigan: 1984 Chevrolet s10 Blazer
Rick Steinke, Pennsylvania: 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
In addition to cash prizes for the fastest racing finalists and Dodge cars on the drag strip, the fourth annual car festival gave passionate car enthusiasts the chance to get in the passenger seat of a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat or Challenger SRT Hellcat for thrill rides and drift rides. Challenger SRT Demon simulators ranked those with the fastest virtual ¼-mile times.
The car festival also included a chance to check out more than 250 custom and classic cars in a show 'n shine and to watch freestyle motocross dyno, flamethrowers and wheelstander exhibitions. Leah Pritchett in her Top Fuel Dragster and Matt Hagan in his Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat NHRA Funny Car wowed the crowd with an exhibition run. Bill Goldberg won the celebrity showdown challenge, taking the $10,000 prize home to his charity Ahero, which connects veterans with patriotic members of local communities by organizing outdoor events and social activities. [08/15/18]
Mopar power was strong Aug. 3-5 at the 31st annual CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways near Seattle as Funny Car racer Ron Capps took his Dodge Charger R/T all the way to victory for a milestone 60th career win.
The win in the finale of the three-race Western Swing, set in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, was the ninth of the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series for Mopar Dodge//SRT Don Schumacher Racing competitors, and the sixth of the season for a Mopar Dodge Charger Funny Car driver.
Capps squared off in his Mopar-powered NAPA Dodge Funny Car dragster with Jonnie Lindberg in round one eliminations on the track where he won his first race in 1995 (in Top Fuel). He made a 3.989-second pass to take the win with ease. In the second round Capps had to face off against his DSR teammate, Matt Hagan, the No. 1 Funny Car qualifier of the weekend. Another three-second pass gave the 700-plus round winner the victory and lane choice for the semifinals against Tim Wilkerson. Capps powered down the track to a 4.002 pass as Wilkerson’s day came to an early end with a major leak from the valve cover.
The final round, the 117th of Capps’ career, saw him placed against Funny Car points leader Courtney Force. Force ran out front until the 660 lights, but when her engine got unsettled, Capps powered right past her and to his 60th career win, his second this season.
Matt Hagan collected the first No. 1 qualifier for the new Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car body this weekend, but faced teammate Capps in the second round and was out. DSR teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. defeated reigning Funny Car champion Robert Hight in the quarterfinals, but then lost to Courtney Force, ending Johnson’s chances for a second consecutive Northwest Nationals final round appearance. Jack Beckman lost in the first round to Shawn Langdon. [08/15/18]
The Victory NSS Series held Race #4 of their six-race series at Gateway's Street Car Super Nationals event Aug. 3-5. Series Freshman John Hamer outlasted 33 other Nostalgia Super Stock Racers to take the win.
In a very close final, Hamer's quicker light forced #1 Qualifier Tom Gaines to break out giving the win to Hamer (left) and his wedge-powered Barracuda. Gaines' strong runner-up finish puts him in the points lead going in to Race #5 at Cordova's World Series of Drag Racing on August 24-25. [08/15/18]
The manufacturer and supplier of a wide range of performance automotive aftermarket products including Clevite® and MAHLE Performance bearings, MAHLE will supply the vocational school with bearings throughout the year. New this year will be the addition of bearings designed specifically for imports and sport compacts. [08/15/18]
The new 2019 Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat NHRA Funny Car body made its competition debut at the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar at Bandimere Speedway near Denver, July 20-22. Unfortunately, Hagan was ousted in the first round of competition after qualifying in the No. 12 position.
Coming into Denver off back-to-back wins, Hagan left first against John Force with a quick-trigger .033 reaction time to Force’s slower .050. Both drivers dropped cylinders, with Force managing to beat Hagan and the Hellcat to the finish line.
In other Mopar Funny Car action, Ron Capps bested Don Schumacher Racing teammate Jack Beckman in the quarterfinals, then took the semifinal win over Robert Hight. In the final, Capps too fell to John Force, settling for the runner-up spot.
Leah Pritchett (near lane) and Matt Hagan face off in 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demons in a special match race at the Dodge Mile-High Nationals. [08/15/18]
Kevin Miller launches hard at Cordova with his final-round opponent Shaun Johnston looking on from the water box.
Thirty-two Victory Nostalgia Super Stock race teams (mostly Mopar) made the trek to Cordova International Raceway July 29-30 for their Door Warz event. This was race #3 of the six-race Victory NSS series. With incredible weather and a fantastic track, the large crowd was treated to fast ET's and great wheelies by the Factory Super Stocks of the Victory series.
Kevin Miller and his gorgeous 1965 Dodge took the #1 Qualifying position and rolled on to the win in a close final over Shaun Johnston. [08/15/18]
From left: Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody, Charger SRT Hellcat, Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody, Charger SRT Hellcat, Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody.
Dodge//SRT continues to run at full throttle in the North American large sedan segment, revamping the entire Charger lineup for 2019. As America’s only four-door muscle car and the sales leader in the segment five years running, Dodge continues to charge ahead of its competition with upgrades both inside and out.
New for 2019, Dodge is repositioning the Charger lineup into six distinct, attitude-infused models that offer a range of performance and powertrain options for every modern muscle-car customer. The lineup ranges from the 707-horsepower Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – the quickest, fastest and most powerful sedan in the world – to the efficient V-6 power of the new Charger GT RWD performance model and the all-wheel-drive capability of the new SXT AWD model.
“Despite a shift toward utility vehicles in the United States over the past decade, the Dodge Charger and Challenger continue to buck the trend,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT – FCA North America. “Charger and Challenger retail sales have increased 70 percent since 2008, and since the launch of Scat Pack in August 2014, high-performance model sales increased from 4 percent to more than 25 percent. Charger is on track to lead the large car segment in the United States for the fifth straight year in 2018, and we intend to keep that string alive by updating the product to deliver the performance and capability that our customers demand.”[08/15/18]
The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica took the top spot for all minivans.
FCA US continues to show improvement in quality as all FCA US brands posted year-over-year improvements in J.D. Power’s 2018 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study™.
Ram and Dodge ranked third and fourth, respectively, among all mass-market brands. Dodge and Jeep® were the second and third most improved brands, respectively, in this year’s study.
“My colleagues and I are pleased to see continued improvement across all of our brands and the second consecutive win for our segment-leading Chrysler Pacifica minivan,” said Scott Garberding, Head of Quality, FCA. “We are focused on building a bridge of sustained quality into our future vehicles as we look to bring industry-leading innovation into our forthcoming lineup while also remaining committed to the award-winning vehicles in our existing product portfolio.”
For the second consecutive year, the Chrysler Pacifica took the top spot among all minivans. The Dodge Charger and the Chrysler 300 also performed well in the APEAL study, ranking second and third in the Large Car segment, respectively.
The APEAL Study, now in its 23rd year, measures how gratifying a new vehicle is to own and drive, based on customer evaluations of 77 vehicle attributes of new 2018 model-year vehicles. Customers are surveyed after 90 days of ownership at the same time as J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study (IQS). According to J.D. Power, the most appealing vehicles have greater owner loyalty, command higher transaction prices and spend less time on dealer lots before purchase. [08/15/18]
The Durango Pursuit SUV joins the Dodge Charger Pursuit sedan.
Dodge has expanded its police vehicle lineup, entering the SUV segment, with a Pursuit version of the Dodge Durango. The 2019 Dodge Durango Pursuit – America’s high-performance police SUV – is equipped with world-class safety and security features, segment-first technology and tactical equipment. The Uconnect 7.0-inch display integrates law enforcement systems and innovative technology. The 2019 Durango Pursuit embodies the three qualities that every Dodge law enforcement vehicle is designed to maximize: safety, performance and efficiency.
Dodge recognizes that the heroic men and women who protect us must be equipped with the best-performing pursuit-rated vehicle. In addition to the legendary 5.7L V-8 HEMI® engine that delivers a best-in-class 360 horsepower, Durango Pursuit offers the segment’s most advanced all-wheel-drive (AWD) system for maximum tactical performance, all-weather traction and fuel-efficiency. With input from law enforcement officials, the 2019 Durango Pursuit continues to add improvements to meet the high expectations and performance needs of the heroes who protect us.
In addition, more than 10,000 Dodge Charger Pursuit police sedans across the U.S. are now equipped with the Officer Protection Package thanks to an alliance between FCA US LLC and InterMotive, Inc.
The Officer Protection Package combines InterMotive’s Surveillance Mode Module™ with FCA’s Fleet Safety Group technology – ParkSense rear park assist system and ParkView rear backup camera – to alert officers when movement at the rear of the vehicle is detected.
“The Officer Protection Package is the latest layer of safety to be built into our Charger Pursuit,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT – FCA North America. “We knew it was the right thing to do for all the men and women who protect us on a daily basis, and we are gratified to know that over 10,000 of these heroes now have a better chance of avoiding rear ambush occurrences. I’m also pleased to announce that we will continue to offer this package free of charge on our 2019 model-year Dodge Charger Pursuits.”
If the system detects motion, a chime will sound to alert the officer of potential danger in the area. The officer can immediately see what is behind the vehicle via the camera monitor. At the discretion of the local law enforcement agency, the tripped sensors can also be programed to automatically initiate any or all of the following: a signal for the doors to lock, front windows to roll up, reverse lights to turn on and tail lights to flash, giving the officer a few critical extra seconds to assess and react to the situation. [08/15/18]
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