VOLUME XIV, ISSUE 3 , JULY - AUGUST, 2019
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.
Publisher, Jeff Burk
Managing Editor, Kay Burk
Senior Editor: Chris Holley
Contributing Editor, Chuck Green, Chris Holley, Jennifer Caputo-Armstrong, Mark A. Posner
Contributing Writers, Jim Baker, Chris Haverly, Steve Magnante, Geoff Stunkard, Matt Strong, Mark A. Posner
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Jimmy Daniels (far lane) got the better of teammate Gary Wolkwitz in the Hemi Challenge final last year.
Jimmy Daniels is hoping for an amazing fourth straight win at this year’s Dodge Hemi Challenge during the U.S. Nationals. Since taking over the driver’s seat of his father Jim Sr.’s ’68 Dart in 2016, Daniels has not lost a round in the prestigious event – that’s 14 straight round wins. [08/28/19]
It was a double-up victory for Don Schumacher Racing for the first time in 2019, as Leah Pritchett (Top Fuel) and Ron Capps (Funny Car) won the 38th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. The nitro double-up for the team comes a race after rival John Force Racing did the same in Seattle two weeks earlier.
Pritchett (shown) got round wins over Kyle Wurtzel, Billy Torrence and Seattle winner Austin Prock to meet Mike Salinas in the final. Her 3.732 at 321.04 mph easily took the win when Salinas lost traction and clicked off his dragster.
Capps had fallen to longtime rival John Force in an emotional final round in Seattle, a race that gave Force his 150th career win, but Capps rebounded in impressive fashion on Sunday, Aug. 18, getting wins over J.R. Todd, teammate Jack Beckman, and Shawn Langdon to meet teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. in the final. Capps drove to a 3.946/324.28 over Johnson’s 3.947/319.98. [08/28/19]
FCA marked a milestone on Aug. 13, 2019, as it raised the first piece of steel for the nearly 800,000-square-foot paint shop being built on the site of the former Mack Avenue Engine Complex. The Company announced in February that it would invest $1.6 billion to convert the two existing Mack facilities into a new assembly site for an all-new, three-row, full-size Jeep® SUV and the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee, creating 3,850 new jobs.
As construction on the new paint shop starts from the ground up, crews are working to renovate and transform the two existing facilities. Mack II, which has been idle since 2012, will become the new body shop, where the frame of the vehicle is welded together. Mack I, which until June was producing the Pentstar engine family, will be repurposed and retooled as general assembly, where the vehicle gets its seats, instrument panel and wheels, among other things.
The first vehicles are expected to roll off the line by the end of 2020. When complete, the facility will be the first new assembly plant built in the city of Detroit in nearly 30 years. [08/28/19]
Defending NHRA Northwest Nationals winner Ron Capps came up just short in his bid to score back-to-back wins in Seattle racing his Mopar-powered Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car on Sunday, Aug. 4, at Pacific Raceways near Kent, Washington.
The two-time 2019 Funny Car winner made a charge through the field to give Dodge//SRT Mopar its fifth consecutive opportunity to capture an event victory. Capps wasn’t able to overtake John Force in the final after knocking out fellow DSR and Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car driver Matt Hagan in the semifinals. DSR teammate Jack Beckman also advanced to the semifinals.
Tommy Johnson, Jr., Capps and Beckman give Dodge//SRT Mopar three drivers inside the top-five in the championship standings through 16 of 24 events. [08/28/19]
Dodge//SRT horsepower is now more attainable than ever before by way of an innovative new national sales promotion called “Dodge Power Dollars” that rewards passionate enthusiasts who crave more power.
Sales of the Dodge Challenger hit an all-time high in 2018; Charger is on pace to lead the U.S. large car segment for three years running in 2019; and Durango is on pace to have its best calendar-year sales total since 2005. Still, Dodge//SRT isn’t resting. In fact, just the opposite. Starting Aug. 1, customers across the United States who purchase any 2019 Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger or Dodge Durango will get a $10 per horsepower cash allowance. [08/28/19]
For the second time in the last three NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events, two-time world champion Matt Hagan reached the Funny Car final racing his Mopar-powered Dodge SRT Charger Hellcat to a runner-up finish at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals on July 28, at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California.
Hagan’s charge to the final marked the fourth consecutive event where a Dodge//SRT machine was racing for the win. The previous week’s Dodge Mile-High Nationals winner Tommy Johnson, Jr. reached the semifinals and continues to rank second in the championship standings, leading two other Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car drivers inside the top-five.
The run to Hagan’s 58th career final began with a first-round contest versus reigning Funny Car champion J.R. Todd. Hagan took the holeshot advantage and motored to victory with his run of 3.958 seconds over a tire-smoking Todd. In round two, it was a familiar foe as Hagan faced off with Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) teammate and fellow Dodge//SRT driver Jack Beckman. In the fastest race of the session, Hagan defeated Beckman and continued his quest for his first victory at Sonoma Raceway.
He made a solo run in the semifinals after John Force was not able to stage his car and Hagan’s lap of 3.995 seconds earned him lane choice in the final versus Robert Hight. In the duo’s eighth career finals meeting and second in 2019, Hagan wasn’t able to overcome a starting-line advantage for Hight and settled for his 27th career runner-up finish. [08/28/19]
Greg “Jake” Jacobsmeyer took his AllStar Dodge/Hotshots Dodge Challenger Funny Car to the win at the Cedar Falls, IA, Night of Fire, setting Low ET and Top Speed of the event along the way.
Hot temperatures followed by rain on Saturday, July 20, made for tricky track conditions that were a challenge to the teams. Jacobsmeyer’s qualifying run of 6.41 seconds at 237.30 mph put him on top of the field with a sure pass into the Chicago-style final.
He faced Nancy Matter in the Guardian for Heroes Foundation Trans Am and, although both cars lost traction, Jake was able to recover and take the win, setting Low ET with a 6.10 and Top Speed of 241.54 mph. [08/28/19]
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