Go to Joliet and see ‘Da Bears’

Route 66 Raceway today announced Mike Ditka, Pro Football Hall of Famer and Super Bowl-winning coach of the chicago Bears, as the Honorary Starter for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway, June 27-30. Ditka will also be joined by Wheeling, Ill., native Danni Allen, season 14 winner on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser”, who will be singing the national anthem. Both Ditka and Allen will be available for autograph sessions on Sunday. [6/24/2013]

New dragster underway for Ryen Lamb

Ryen Lamb  crashed her Redback dragster in early April, rendering it a total loss. Racetech went to work building a new one and Ryen has sent us a look at the progress.

The framework and powder coating is done and most of the wiring work is complete. Next comes paint and the finishing touches. “Hopefully by mid-August to early September we will have the new car back and be able to put it together and be back racing in time to finish off the last races of the year,” says Ryen. [6/24/2013]

NMCA announces Ford Racing Cobra Jet Showdown at Summit Motorsports Park

The NMCA Flowmaster Muscle Car Nationals will host the Ford Racing Cobra Jet Showdown Presented by Diversified Products Marketing, a special event to be run in conjunction with the 7th Annual JE Pistons NMCA Muscle Car Nationals, at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, August 23-25.  

All 2008-2014 Cobra Jet owners are invited to participate. The Cobra Jets will be showcased in three no breakout Eliminators; two heads-up classes and a competition Index (CIC) class:

CJ-TS (Top Stock): Stocker trim Cobra Jets utilizing the 2.3-liter or 2.9-liter supercharger or 427/428cid naturally aspirated engines.

SS-CJ (Super Stock): 4.0-liter supercharged Cobra Jet’s in SS trim.

CJ-CIC: A separate class, where Cobra Jet racers not competing in either of the heads-up classes can race against each other at the Showdown for a cash purse.

CJ-TS and SS-CJ will run modified NHRA Stock and Super Stock rules, respectively.

King of the Cobra Jets: Heads-up class winners will race each other with a handicapped start based on their quickest time, with no breakout, to crown the 2013 King of the Cobra Jets. All prize money is courtesy of Ford Racing and Diversified Products Marketing.

All three Cobra Jet Showdown classes will qualify on Friday, and run on a Sportsman ladder with a 0.500 full tree for Saturday eliminations. Each class will feature a $2,300 purse and the overall winner of the Showdown (King of the Cobra Jets) will receive an additional $1,000. The race is scheduled to be completed on Saturday, August 24, so competitors can travel on Sunday to Indy to get in line for the NHRA U.S. Nationals.

To reserve parking or for rules questions please contact Gene Bergstrom with NMCA at 714-460-3813 or by e-mail at gbergstrom@promediapub.com. [6/24/2013]

MAHLE Clevite consolidates North American headquarters in Farmington Hills

The MAHLE Group recently relocated the MAHLE Clevite Ann Arbor office to Farmington Hills, Michigan, where it now joins the corporate MAHLE family. The move consolidates MAHLE North American headquarters central functions, placing marketing, sales, test systems, engineering and all corporate activities onto one campus.

“The decision to consolidate operations onto the Farmington Hills campus creates a synergy among all active functions within the MAHLE family,” says Dan Moody, President, MAHLE Clevite. “Having all of our operations centrally located solidifies our commitment in North America and strengthens our daily interactions as a company, allowing us to better serve our customers and continue our growth as a leader in product innovations. The move also demonstrates MAHLE’s commitment to the state of Michigan and the automotive industry.”

The address of the Farmington Hills location is 23030 MAHLE Drive, Farmington Hills, MI 48335. The main contact telephone number is 248-305-8200. For more information about MAHLE Clevite Inc. and its North American Aftermarket activities, visit www.mahle-aftermarket.com. [6/24/2013]