As the 2017 NHRA season takes off, Dodge and Mopar begin championship chase.
A fleet of Mopar-powered Dodge’s will be among the front-runners at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California for the NHRA Winternationals. Drivers and teams will continue the yearlong Mopar 80th anniversary celebration at the 2017 season-starter as they look to add to the brand’s rich drag racing tradition.
Funny Car Champion Matt Hagan said “2017 is going to be a big year I think for all of us, especially here at DSR. I have a lot of goals that I’ve set for myself. With my brother passing, I think that it put some stuff in perspective for me, treating every day and every lap and every race as it could be your last. He was 33 years old and he’s gone. Somehow that stuff hits home. You’ve got to take life and really realize how special every moment is. So, I think that when I’m crawling into the race car this year I’m not going to take anything for granted and not just go through the motions. I never really do that, it just means a lot more to me now knowing that it can be gone tomorrow.”
When asked about 80 years of Mopar, Hagan responded “I think that [Mopar’s 80th anniversary] speaks for itself. 80 years of Mopar, that’s just 80 years of horsepower. It’s pretty cool that everybody’s so brand-loyal and supported the cause and allowed Mopar to be out here and be able to demonstrate the horsepower like they do on the racetrack. 80 years, that’s pretty awesome. I think that we have to have a big year for them. We’ve got to go out here and win a bunch of races and win this championship and make it all happen.”
The word Mopar was born on August 1st, 1937 and came from the words MOtor and PARts as a name from a line of anti-freeze products.
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