VOLUME XIII,  ISSUE 3 - JULY- AUGUST,  2018

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Record-tying 30 cars set for Hemi Challenge at Indy

Last year Jimmy Daniels (near lane) beat Wendell Howes in the final round. 

 

A record-tying 30 drivers hailing from 17 states will gather at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis on August 30-31 to fight it out in the NHRA Dodge HEMI® Challenge, held during the historic NHRA U.S. Nationals, August 29 – September 3. The victor’s Wally trophy will have even more of a “golden” luster this year, as 2018 also marks the 50th anniversary celebration of the Mopar-powered 1968 Dodge Dart and Plymouth Barracuda Super Stock cars that compete in the fan-favorite event.

 

The current field of entries, matching the largest in the event’s 18-year history, will duke it out for the iconic 42.6-lb NHRA Dodge HEMI Challenge trophy, created as a callout to the 426 HEMI engine, and the $15,000 winner’s purse. Three returning Indy HEMI Challenge champions will be among those vying for the win in the first event with Dodge as title sponsor, including two-time and defending champion Jim Daniels in his Dodge Dart, 2015 winner and Plymouth ‘Cuda pilot Lloyd Wofford, and inaugural 2001 HEMI Challenge race winner Bucky Hess.

 

Also joining the 22-year-old Daniels in the mix for the 2018 title will be last year’s runner-up and New Brunswick, Canada, native Wendell Howes, one of three Canadian competitors who will run at Indy. Stephen Hebert, runner-up in 2016, will lead a crew of five drivers with Louisiana roots, the largest turnout from a single state, followed by three representatives each from Pennsylvania and Ohio. The “Fish” cars will have numbers on their side: 21 Plymouth ‘Cudas will square off with nine Dodge Dart entries.

 

See a short history of the event here.  [08/29/18]

New G-Machine Chassis for 108” Mopar A-Bodies

Schwartz Performance now offers a bolt-in G-Machine Chassis for 1967-76 Chrysler, Dodge and Plymouth A-Bodies with 108-inch wheelbase. This full chassis is designed to bolt under your Mopar uni-body with minimum alterations to the floor while increasing the rigidity and strength. The front suspension features upper A-arms fitted with needle bearings that are engineered with separate camber and caster adjustments (without using shims). In the rear is a triangulated four-bar system with Teflon-lined spherical rod ends for bind-free operation. Incorporates longer coilover shocks than any other chassis. This chassis typically reduces weight by 50-75 lbs. by replacing the heavy stock front end components and leaf spring rear suspension.[08/29/18]

Mopars win two classes at NMCA All-American Nationals

The second to last stop on the 2018 NMCA tour, the 17th Annual Honeywell Garrett NMCA All-American Nationals featuring the Dodge / Mopar Hemi Shootout, could make or break it for some racers chasing the championship. With nerves on edge and tunes set to kill, the world’s fastest street cars descended on Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, over the August 24-26  weekend for another epic drag racing event.

Mark Pawuk of Akron, Ohio, powered to the lead in Holley EFI Factory Super Car when he went 8.057 at 171.58 mph during qualifying in his ’15 Dodge Challenger. Pawuk powered on and reached the finals where he was paired with Leonard Libersher of Wilmington, Florida, for a Dodge vs Chevy duel. Unfortunately for Libersher, a 0.001-second foul start turned on the red light for his ’15 COPO Camaro and let Pawuk cruise to victory on his 8.152 at 169.23 mph jaunt through the traps.

In the Dodge / Mopar Hemi Shootout, Brian Fielder and his ’08 Challenger (shown) saw no challenges as they averaged 10.032 seconds to take the overall win. In the runner up spot was Jim Jarrett with his ’18 Challenger and a 10.043-second average, John Keyes was a winner for the 10-second pack, Eric Cunningham and Brian Borawski won the 11- and 12-second groups, respectively, Rich Sprintzl won the 13-second honors, Casey Fitzgerald won for the 14-second runners, and Grady Alley won in the 15-second pack.     [08/29/18]

Noonan moves head manufacturing operation to U.S.

Noonan Inc. will be adding the production of cylinder heads and manifolds to their American capabilities, designing and producing high-end components under one facility. A little over a year ago Noonan Inc. announced the purchase of the NAS Racing facilities and subsequently moved existing USA operations from Utah to Spartanburg, SC, where they have been operating since.

 

“Our business plan has always been to bring the operations under one roof, as this will allow us to improve many facets of our business” said Jamie Noonan. “We have listened to and acted on the advice of our customers and believe we can create a more efficient end to end service delivery capability. We are looking forward to being able to improve our customer philosophy.”

 

The timeframe of the transition is not finalized, however the CNC machines required to manufacture their complete line will be in place at Spartanburg by the end of November. Noonan said he anticipates the mainstream Australian production will decrease in September allowing the company to transition assets from overseas.  [08/29/18]

Jeep introduces new 2018 Wrangler Moab edition

The first limited-edition model based on the all-new Jeep Wrangler, the Wrangler Moab Edition honors the long and storied history the brand shares with the annual Easter Jeep Safari event in Moab, Utah, and the unique role it plays in offering valuable customer insight.

 

The Jeep Wrangler Moab Edition is based on the Wrangler Sahara model and features Rubicon hood and steel bumpers with removable end caps, aggressive 32-inch mud-terrain tires, LED headlights and tail lights, a Moab decal on the hood and 17-inch Rubicon wheels painted in Low-Gloss Black. The headlight surrounds, grille throats and tow hooks are also painted Low-Gloss Black. Wrangler Rubicon rock rails are standard on the Wrangler Moab Edition, but Sahara side steps are available at no additional charge. A body-color hard top is standard, but the Dual Top Group or Sky One-Touch power top are also available.

 

Wrangler Moab Edition is available in nine colors: Granite Crystal, Billet Silver, Punk’n Metallic, Mojito!, Black, Bright White, Sting Gray, Ocean Blue Metallic and Firecracker Red.  [08/29/18]

Beckman wins all-Mopar Funny Car final in Minnesota

Jack Beckman (left) with Mopar Motorsports Marketing Manager, Eddie Olsen, after his NHRA Nationals at Brainerd, MN, on Aug. 19.

 

See all the Mopar results from the event here[08/29/18]

Automotive trade associations band together to oppose U.S. tariffs

Eight major trade associations have formed the Driving American Jobs Coalition to oppose potential tariffs on imported motor vehicles and auto parts. The group includes SEMA and represents the broad scope of the auto industry, from automakers and dealers to parts manufacturers, distributors, retailers and service providers. The Coalition is seeking to convince the Trump Administration not to impose tariffs.

 

In May, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) began an investigation on whether imported automobiles and auto parts posed a national security threat. The investigation applies to all types of cars and parts, including new cars, classic cars, OEM parts and specialty auto parts. The DOC will issue its findings and recommendations for presidential actions, if any, as early as September. President Trump has stated that he is considering global tariffs of 20% to 25%.

 

“Tariffs are particularly harmful to the auto industry because they will result in job losses that will be felt across the entire supply chain,” said Bill Hanvey, president and CEO of the Auto Care Association. “From the manufacturing facility in South Carolina to the dealership in Michigan to the independent repair shop in Pennsylvania, prices for vehicles, parts and repairs would go up, hurting consumers, and American jobs would disappear. We are glad to be lending our voice to this coalition and calling for the administration to protect American workers and the American auto industry.”[08/29/18]

Ohio Senator proposes American car buyers get $3,500

A bill proposed in the U.S. Senate by Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown aims to give car buyers $3,500 to buy American-made cars, including models from Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Toyota, and others.

 

The temporary program, which would offer a one-time $3,500 subsidy to each person for a new car purchase or five-year lease, would be funded up to $3 billion by revoking a tax break for automakers on profits made overseas. Some automakers may be taxed at a lower rate on profits made overseas after a GOP tax overhaul passed earlier this year.

 

For cars to qualify under the plan, at least 45 percent of its parts would need to be sourced from the U.S. or Canada -- but not Mexico -- and assembled in the U.S. Brown's office offered a list of more than 100 vehicles that would qualify for the program.

 

Time to start car shopping? [08/29/18]

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