VOLUME XIV, ISSUE 3 , NOV -DECEMBER, 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: Richard Kratz
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
Senior Photographer - Ron Lewis
Contributing Photographers - Brad Baker, Chris Haverly, Tim Marshall, Dennis Mothershed
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New for 2020, the award-winning FCA US minivan lineup expands with the addition of the Chrysler Voyager, which offers even more value for those who seek the quintessential family vehicle. Designed with budget-friendly family and fleet customers in mind, the Voyager delivers an exceptional driving experience. Voyager is also the latest Chrysler brand minivan to earn a five-star overall safety rating from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), recently joining Chrysler Pacifica in the five-star category.
Jack Beckman ended 2019 as the highest-ranked DSR driver, which allows him the opportunity to select a Dodge SRT high-performance vehicle to drive for a year.
Dodge//SRT Mopar driver Jack Beckman closed the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season by racing the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car of Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) to his second victory of the season at the 55th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway Nov. 14-17 at Pomona, Calif.
“My Infinite Hero Foundation guys have given me such a great race car lately,” “Fast Jack” said. “I stumbled a couple of times, and I don’t want to ‘woulda, coulda, shoulda’ myself in the off-season. We finished solidly in second, capped off the year with a win. We have a phenomenal Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, and things are awesome right now. I’m feeling on top of the world.”
The win for Beckman, his 30th career Funny Car class victory, concluded a season where four drivers raced Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Cars to 11 wins in the 24-race NHRA campaign.
Beckman and fellow Dodge//SRT Mopar and DSR driver Matt Hagan made strong championship bids, but both came up short in the end. Beckman finished second and Hagan, winner of the two previous NHRA events, finished third in the final season standings.
Making quick work of a shut-off John Hale in the first round, Beckman went on to defeat J.R. Todd and Blake Alexander before meeting Robert Hight in the final. Beckman made his fifth consecutive three-second pass of 3.920 seconds – the quickest Funny Car Elapsed Time of race day – to secure his first Pomona victory, but he came up just eight points short of earning his second Funny Car title.
In the first round, Hagan’s engine dropped some cylinders and the supercharger made a “bang” resulting in a small fire. The car was easily repaired for continued racing.
Hagan charged his way into the final race of the 2019 season championship on the heels of back-to-back Countdown wins. He began eliminations with a rematch of the final from two weeks before in the Dodge NHRA Nationals at Las Vegas. The result was the same with Hagan coming out victorious versus Jonnie Lindberg, but his run of 4.114 seconds at 275.11 mph wasn’t enough to keep lane choice in the second round. Fellow DSR and Dodge//SRT teammate Ron Capps was the next opponent and Hagan cruised to his 10th consecutive round win behind the wheel of the Dickie Venables-tuned Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody. The victory setup the season-defining race with points leader Hight. In his 600th career round of competition, Hagan lost the starting line advantage and never caught up en route to posting a lap of 4.015/326.95.
After posting his best regular season results, Tommy Johnson, Jr. was confident in his team’s 2019 championship chances driving the Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car. Unfortunately for Johnson, the six-race Countdown to the Championship playoffs didn’t play out the way he hoped. Johnson qualified seventh and his season ended with a first round loss to J.R. Todd, snapping four consecutive final-round appearances in the season-ending event. He finished eighth in the 2019 championship standings.
Ron Capps was also seeking to close the season with a victory since his championship asipriations were dashed following qualifying. The 2016 Funny Car champion qualified the NAPA Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat eighth and took down fellow Dodge//SRT runner Cruz Pedregon in the opening round. Capps had lane choice in the second round, but his machine slowed dramatically just past the 330-foot mark. He coasted to the finish line, finishing sixth in the final Funny Car standings marking the 15th consecutive season he has finished inside the top-10. [11/29/19]
The 2020 Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, unveiled at the 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, delivers sportsman racers a new, turnkey package loaded with suspension and chassis upgrades and is certified for NHRA and NMCA competition.
The new fourth-generation Challenger Drag Pak offers racers the choice of buying a complete, turnkey package ready for the track with a supercharged 354-ci Hemi V-8 or a variety of modular kits to install on their own Dodge Challenger drag car. Production is limited to 50 serialized units.
The 2020 Challenger Drag Pak sports American-made Mickey Thompson’s ET Drag Pro Drag Radials all around, including 30.0/9.0 R15s on the rear. [11/29/19]
Matt Hagan is back in the points’ race after picking up his second straight victory, going 3.876 at 331.36 in the final round in his MOPAR Dodge SRT Hellcat Widebody at the penultimate NHRA national event Nov. 3 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He ousted Jonnie Lindberg’s 3.945 at 321.12, putting Hagan third in points and 56 behind leader Robert Hight going into the final event of the season. Hagan beat Paul Lee, Tommy Johnson Jr. and Bob Tasca III to reach the final round, leading Lindberg from start to finish.
“I’m fired up right now,” said Hagan, who, with two Funny Car world titles on his racing resume, knows what it takes to get the job done. “When you have that opportunity to go into Pomona and still be in the championship hunt, that’s what gets my adrenaline pumped, gets me motivated, makes me want to dig. I love winning races, but it’s about this hunt; this is why we do this. I’m so proud of my guys; they know how to step up and rise to the occasion. I wish Pomona was tomorrow, let’s do this, let’s get it done.” [11/29/19]
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