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Action-Packed Show Matches Up Street-Stock Racers For Glory AND Money ...

February 09, 2013 by Chad Houghton
The first episode of a brand new, highly-competitive television show VERY aptly-named "Won & Done" was filmed at the Dragstrip at Irwindale Event Center this past Thursday night in front of an approving crowd of very excited fans. "It was a great night for everyone," said track GM Bob Klein. "Our fans and our drivers were all blown away by the show and the fact that the night's competitors for the TV show are all chosen right at the track, they ran eight pairs last night, and they paid our drivers $4,000 cash ... who doesn't like that."

 

 

 

The new show, set to begin airing in early spring, is an exclusive production of MAVTV a new and very aggressive national TV network owned and operated by Lucas Oil Products. The network's "American Real" could not be a better way to explain a show like "Won & Done". Drag racing was born in southern California and the name Irwindale stands out as one of storied places where organized drag races first were run in the late 50's on tracks like legendary IR...WIN...DALE RACEWAY that was located just across the 605 from IEC.

And the racing, as one might sense when the name Rick Christensen is mentioned as one of the key components, was fierce. As the host of this intense exercise that culminates in one run down the Irwindale track for all the marbles,* this tall, tightly-wound guy kept the action on a full boil from the first minute that the first pair was chosen for the first match race of the evening until the last run of the evening at about 9:30.

HERE'S THE REAL DEAL: Two vehicles compete in a single drag race where everything about the race is negotiable, from the lanes, the distance, the car lengths and the start. One race, one negotiation, one chance to get it right!  Once the negotiation is finalized, the vehicles line up and the first racer to the finish-line wins. The winner earns $500 and the right to compete another day.  The loser car's VIN number is recorded and that vehicle is DONE forever... Banned for life from the MAVTV show.

... AND HERE'S WHAT MAKES THAT DEAL WORK: Any vehicle that stays undefeated for 10 races, wins a nice $50,000 bonus!

Rich Christensen created and hosts the series which features Morgan Lucas, NHRA Top Fuel competitor and son of MAVTV owner Forrest Lucas. The on-screen chemistry between the cool-as-a-cumber 300MPH+ driving star (Lucas) and the white-hot negotiator, pot-stirrer, and manic race starter (Christensen) is nothing but a pure delight.

Show episodes will be shot the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month on the Dragstrip at Irwindale Event Center in Irwindale, California from 4pm to 10pm. The show parings will be integrated into the track's regular Thursday Night Test-N-Tune session. All fans of the show are welcome to attend.

 

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True Street…The Ultimate Street Car Class for the Beginner or Seasoned Racer!

February 05, 2013 by Chad Houghton

Whether it’s your first time racing or you have lots of ¼ mile experience…NMRA has a
great class for you to consider…TREMEC True Street, presented by Muscle Mustangs &
Fast Fords magazine! True Street is designed for “true” street cars that are licensed,
insured and capable of driving a good distance on the street. After a 30-mile NMRA
escorted cruise, make 3 back-to-back passes and see if you will take home some cash and a
prize!

Here’s How True Street Works:

1. Purchase your True Street entry at the racer gate, you then head over to the True
Street pit area. It’s a Saturday race but you can purchase your entry on Friday as
well.
2. You will first register at the registration trailer and then proceed to the True Street
area where an official will “tech” your car to make sure it’s safe to race.
3. You will receive a time run prior to the True Street competition so you can see how
your car is performing.
4. Attend the 11:30 am True Street meeting where an NMRA official will explain how
everything works. There is lots of time for questions and answers.
5. Following the meeting you will head out on a 30-mile escorted cruise around town or
the facility….and it’s OK to take passengers to enjoy the fun!
6. After the cruise there will be a brief cool-down period and then you hit the track.
7. True Street will be called to the lanes and you will make 3 back-to-back passes down
the track. Reaction time does not matter so just take off after you get the green light.
8. There will be a True Street Awards Ceremony a couple of hours following the race.
NMRA will average everyone’s 3 passes and the closest averages to 9, 10, 11, 12, 13,
14, & 15 seconds will each win $100 cash, an award, and your picture in Race Pages
Magazine! The overall runner-up will also receive $100 and an award and the overall
winner will receive $250 and a 6’ trophy!

BONUS – all True Street competitors will receive a FREE entry into Sunday’s NMRA
Bracket Race (except GA & IL events)…this is up to a $100 value!

Muscle Mustangs Event Coverage – True Street racers are often featured in Muscle
Mustangs NMRA event coverage as well as right here, on Ford Racing Nation.com!  So come on out!

For True Street questions please contact Gene Bergstrom at (714) 460-3813 or e-mail him at
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For True Street rules or NMRA event information log on to
www.nmradigital.com.

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Press Release: Ford Atlas Concept, The Future of Pickups!

January 18, 2013 by Source: Ford Motor Company

Ford unveiled the Ford Atlas Concept to showcase the design, capability, fuel efficiency and smart technologies that will define future pickup trucks!

 

“The Ford Atlas Concept previews the innovations that will transform what people expect from their pickup,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “With 36 years as America’s best-selling pickup, we are absolutely committed to setting the agenda in the truck market.”
  • Ford Atlas Concept is the future vision for pickup trucks
  • Innovative design integrates capability and smart technologies to transform customer expectations of what Built Ford Tough® will look like in the future
  • Next-generation EcoBoost® – coupled with advanced engineering and design innovations – creates leading fuel efficiency and increased capability
  • Trailer towing and cargo hauling are made easier with innovative features designed specifically for truck owners to improve utility and confidence
Design with purpose
The Ford Atlas Concept is inspired by decades of listening to customers at the places they work and play. The result is a purpose-driven design with prominent wheel arches, a wide stance and chiseled grille – all to reinforce its functional Built Ford Tough® image.
“We wanted the concept to reflect how Ford trucks help customers in both their worlds – professionally and personally,” said J Mays, Ford group vice president and chief creative officer. “Every surface and feature in the vehicle has been crafted for purpose and capability while retaining an unmistakable Built Ford Tough look.”
Designers enhanced truck functionality, while creating new advanced features(see infographic here). For example, multiple tie-down points are integrated within the cargo box walls and load floor, along with 110-volt electrical outlets in the cargo box to charge power tools. An integrated roof carrying system and hidden extendable ramps give the truck unique functionality for a variety of jobs.

The interior is themed with structural styling cues and features the latest thinking in comfort, utility and refinement. Innovative, thin, lightweight seating in comfortable leather allows for extra legroom for rear passengers – along with integrated storage for smaller items. “Floating” instrument pods and glove-friendly buttons and controls keep the interior functional and ruggedly stylish

 

Leading fuel efficiency
The Ford Atlas Concept features a next-generation EcoBoost® powertrain, which introduces truck-enhanced Auto Start-Stop engine shutoff technology. Auto Start-Stop shuts off the engine when stopped in traffic to save fuel – and smartly suspends the feature when the truck knows it is towing.
EcoBoost engines use gasoline direct injection and turbocharging to deliver fuel-economy gains of up to 20 percent and reduction of CO2 emissions of up to 15 percent, compared with larger-displacement engines. More than 500,000 EcoBoost engines have been sold globally, including 250,000 in the Ford F-150.
The Ford Atlas Concept goes further to save fuel through a combination of active aerodynamic elements that reduce wind resistance. They include:
  • Active Grille Shutters: Automatic shutters behind the grille stay open when extra engine cooling is needed, such as during low-speed stop-and-go driving or while working in hot weather. The shutters automatically close to improve aerodynamics when cruising on the highway at steady speeds
  • Active Wheel Shutters: Automatic shutters in the wheels are hidden to improve style at rest and low speeds, but automatically close at highway speeds to improve aerodynamics. Self-charging batteries use energy from the wheels’ motion to power the shutters
  • Drop-Down Front Air Dam: A drop-down front wind spoiler lowers at highway speeds to improve underbody airflow. The air dam is raised at low speeds to improve ground clearance – helpful for off-roading
  • Power Running Boards: Auto-deploying running boards help passengers enter the truck at rest and tuck up against the truck when it is moving to improve aerodynamics and ground clearance
The combination of these fuel-saving features saves more than 2 mpg on the highway without diminishing towing or hauling capability.
Work and play smarter, not harder
Ford Atlas Concept is a rolling showcase of features that improve capability, durability and productivity to meet the diverse needs of pickup truck owners. Features include:
  • Dual-Purpose Tailgate Step and Cargo Cradle: The acclaimed Ford Tailgate Step goes a step further by adding the ability to also act as a cargo cradle – lifting and holding extra-long cargo items above the truck and freeing valuable bed spaceTrailer Backup Assist: This segment-first innovation allows drivers to back a trailer with the twist of a knob. Ford research shows that backing a trailer is often the most intimidating task a truck customer can face
  • Dynamic Hitch Assist: Hitching a trailer can be time consuming and difficult. Dynamic Hitch Assist helps precisely line up the truck’s hitch with the trailer coupling, eliminating maneuvering guesswork by showing visual cues in the truck’s center display screen
  • 360-Degree Point-of-View Camera: A Ford truck first, the system gives a bird’s-eye view of the truck to help position the vehicle in tight places or when there are obstacles near the truck – such as on a busy job site or grocery store parking lot
  • LED Headlamps and Taillamps: Advanced LED lighting offers better road illumination than conventional halogen or HID lights and lasts longer. LED lamps also offer near-instant response, giving valuable extra warning time for following traffic
  • LED Cargo Box and Side Mirror Lighting: Advanced, powerful yet efficient LED lighting brightly lights the cargo box and job site after the sun goes down with minimal battery drain compared to standard headlights or plug-in lights
  • Hidden Cargo Ramps: Lightweight, durable loading ramps stowed below the cargo box can be quickly removed and set up to assist with loading wheeled items into the bed – from landscaping equipment to dirt bikes
  • (click here) for a walk around of Atlas concept




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Vaughn Gittin Jr. Partners with Nitto Tire!

January 08, 2013 by Chad Houghton

BALTIMORE, Md. (January 8, 2013) – Formula Drift Champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. is excited to announce that he has joined forces with Nitto Tire. Fueled by passion and innovation, Nitto Tire is a perfect match for Vaughn and his always forward-thinking team. Vaughn, who is undeniably one of drifting’s most iconic drivers, will represent Nitto Tire and showcase their max-performance tire’s superior performance and capability through competing in the Formula Drift Championship and China’s WDS Series. He will also be performing exhibitions and experiential events all over the world, where many will have the opportunity to ride shotgun in his Monster Energy Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR.

From Vaughn: “I am pumped to be working with Nitto Tire! As I enter this new chapter of my career, it feels great to be aligned with a brand that is committed to winning and progression, just as I am.  I have always been focused on working just as hard off the track as I do on it, and Nitto's innovative marketing efforts and awesome tires will compliment that well.  It is very clear that our overall passion and future goals align perfectly, and I could not be happier with what the future has to offer surrounding this partnership.”

In 2013 Vaughn will continue to be supported by the Autosport Dynamics (ASD) crew – the team behind his 2007 World Championship, 2010 Formula Drift Championship, and 2011 WDS Championship. During the off-season, Vaughn and ASD have thoroughly tested the Nitto NT05 max-performance tire and they are very confident in the competitive edge they will have entering the 2013 season.

Harry Kong, Marketing & Social Media Strategist for Nitto Tire: “Vaughn has proven himself to be an incredible driver and Champion, and Nitto Tire is looking forward to partnering with him for the upcoming 2013 drifting season. The Monster Energy Ford Mustang RTR running NT05 tires should be an exciting combination.”

“Through testing, we found the Nitto NT05 offers a high level of consistent grip through all temperature ranges, and that the high quality construction of the tire allows it to handle excessive abuse – both qualities of which are crucial for drifting,” said Vaughn.

 

Vaughn’s first public event drifting on Nitto’s NT05’s will be January 24-27 at the St. Louis Auto Show where he will be performing demos and hanging out with his fans. Find out how you can win a ride-along by visiting SaintLouisAutoShow.com. Stay tuned for more details about the 2013 season, as well as the upcoming release of the fresh look of Vaughn’s brand new Monster Energy Nitto Tire Mustang RTR!
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Team Hellion Adds 2012 Mustang Pro Mod/Pro Street Car, Parks 10.5W Mustang!

January 08, 2013 by Chad Houghton

Hellion Racing is proud to announce the addition of a new 2012 Mustang, built by Jerry Bickel Race Cars, which is slated for Pro Modified/Pro Street duty in 2013. Hellion Vice President, Dwayne James, comments, “It is time to step up our racing program.” Ford and Hellion Power Systems are backing the new Mustang Pro Mod and the race schedule will be announced in the coming months. The project is one that is combining the efforts of the Hellion Racing A-team and B-team as James’ partner and 8X NMRA Champion, John Urist, will be handling the driving chores.

The Pro Mod adventure has forced the team to park its mystic-hued 2004 SVT Cobra Mustang that has competed in NMRA Pro Outlaw 10.5 and NMCA Super Street 10.5 ranks. The engine that was built for the 10.5W ride is being transferred into the Bickel car. It is a Ford Racing 500ci big-block engine that features Hemi cylinder heads and engine block from the NHRA Pro Stock category. “I was going to run the engine in Super Street 10.5 but with most of the Pro Mod rules carrying the same engine size restrictions for turbo engines it made sense to just install it in the new car and park the Super Street ride,” proclaims James. A pair of Precision Turbo 88mm turbochargers is supplying boost. The units are GEN-2 turbochargers that the company released at the Performance Racing Industry Show. The team is only parking the Super Street 10.5 car as they will continue to run the Nitto Tire sponsored 1993 Mustang LX coupe in the NMRA Street Outlaw category on a full-time basis.

The Pro Mod ride is being finished at Jerry Bickel Race Cars with testing to start in early Spring. The carbon fiber body is from Roush Composites and is a sleek design that has undergone wind tunnel testing a few years ago during its initial design for Pro Stock and Pro Modified. The car features a double-frame rail chassis as the team has its eyes on 5-second elapsed times. Both the Hellion A-team and B-team will handle the crew duties as the turbocharger kit manufacturing company enters the high-speed world of Pro Mod. James sums it up, “I have always wanted to field a Pro Mod as it is a stable class that allows us a lot of different racing opportunities all across the country.”
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Kenny Brown Heavy-Duty Rear Shock Tower Brace for 2005-2014 Mustang, Boss 302 and Shelby GT500

January 02, 2013 by Chad Houghton

Kenny Brown has released his new Heavy-Duty Rear Shock Tower Brace designed to fit 2005-2014 Mustang, Boss 302 and Shelby GT500.  The new rear brace features a 3-point mounting design and is a must have component for street, open-track, or when using coil-over shocks.

“Our Heavy-Duty Rear Shock Tower Brace comes from necessity, according to Kenny Brown.  This is just one of several new components that have been spawned from our GT4 Mustang program.  Anyone that converts to coil-over rear shocks should strongly consider some additional bracing at the rear shock towers, but it also makes a huge difference in the overall feel and dynamics of the car".

The Rear Shock Tower Brace is designed to reinforce the shock mounting points and the mid-section of the car over the rear axle. The unique three-point design ties both shock towers together, and mounts to the mid pan just in front of the spare tire.  By triangulating this area together you create a much more rigid structure that improves ride-quality and handling, while also adding the reinforcement needed for coil-over or racing shocks.  The three-point design also allows for minimal weight addition with maximum strengthening.

Installation uses the OEM hardware for traditional type rear shocks, along with other additional pre-drilled mounting locations, and is compatible with coil-over rear shock assemblies.  The component is manufactured from high-grade steel, finished in a durable powder coating, and includes all required hardware.

The Heavy-Duty Rear Shock Tower Brace for 2005-2014 Mustang, Boss 302 and Shelby GT500 along with other world-class chassis and suspension components for the S197 platform are available through authorized Kenny Brown Performance Parts Dealers, online at www.kennybrown.com or by calling Kenny Brown Performance direct – (855) 847-4477.

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Kenny Brown Releases 2013 Performance Parts Catalog for 1964½-2014 Mustang, SVT Cobra, Boss 302 and Shelby GT500

December 23, 2012 by Chad Houghton
Kenny Brown Performance recently released their 2013 performance parts catalog for 1964½-2014 Mustangs.  The new catalog is packed full of Kenny's latest chassis and suspension products, including his popular AGS 4.0 Suspension System that now has tons of additional options.  You'll also find a host of good stuff that continues to be reintroduced back in production for the older 1979-2004 Mustang and SVT Cobra, and some new entries into the 1964½-1970 market.


According to Brown, "We're very excited about our newest print and digital catalog, and our product development strategy this year.  For 2013 we've added new S197 Mustang products, and new chassis and suspension products for fox-body and SN-95 models. We also now produce the industry's largest suspension offering for 1999-2004 IRS Cobras.  For 1964½-1970 first-generation Mustangs, a new market for us, we developed the Extreme Subframe System, and a pre-engineered bolt-in 4-link rear suspension designed for high-performance and open-track use.  We have also added a wide range of complimenting products such as; coil-over kits, hoods and wings, big brake kits, and other premium necessities to our online store".

1979-2004 Mustang and SVT Cobra owners will be happy to see the most popular items ranging from 3-point strut tower braces to Super Street Cages are all back in the production mix, including all IRS Cobra rear suspension parts.  2005-2013 Mustang, Boss 302 and Shelby GT500 owners get a host of new products including the Light-Weight Radiator Core Support, Tubular K-Member with improved geometry, Rear Shock Tower Brace, and complete Chassis Support Systems.  1964½-1970 Mustang owners will see the new Extreme Subframe System, and the new "Pro-G by Kenny Brown", a bolt-in and pre-engineered 4-Link rear suspension featuring Kenny's advanced geometry.

The new 2013 Kenny Brown Performance catalog is available by calling them direct – (855) 847-4477, or you can visit their online store at www.kennybrown.com where you can download a PDF or flashmag version https://store.kennybrown.com/files/2013_Kenny_Brown_Catalog.pdf

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Dave Werremeyer Named Technical and Communications Director of NMRA, NMCA, and NMCA WEST Series

December 21, 2012 by Chad Houghton

ProMedia announces the addition of Dave Werremeyer to its event staff as Technical and Communications Director for the NMRA, NMCA, and NMCA WEST event series.   Werremeyer comes to ProMedia after an extensive career at ProCharger, where he served as Motorsports Operations Coordinator for the past eight-years. He will begin his new position with ProMedia on December 24th, 2012.

“Hiring a guy like Dave W. is an investment in our future,” said Charlie Harmon, president of ProMedia Events. “We have a commitment to building and maintaining a competitive, balanced and fair racing programs across all of our racing divisions; adding Dave to the full-time staff, with his advanced technical background, will offer a fresh and qualified perspective,” Harmon stated.  “Dave has done an awesome job helping build a competitive program at ProCharger and we are elated to add him to the ProMedia team. His experience, and exceptional knowledge of our market, along with his vision and passion will combine to play a major role in maintaining a fair playing field for all three of our racing series,” Harmon concluded.

Werremeyer is excited about the opportunities his new position brings. “I have dealt with a lot of racing organizations over the years, and because of that I’m familiar with several different sets of rules, some of which are very limiting, while others are wide open. It was my job to know about all the combinations and power adders so I could work with the engineering staff at ProCharger and the racers.  From this we designed and implemented our supercharger systems for a wide variety of racing applications, which would conform to the rules and hopefully win. In order to do that, however, I needed to know what the other guys were running. I’m looking forward to putting that knowledge to work with the NMRA, NMCA, and NMCA WEST in the upcoming years,” Werremeyer added.

Despite helping develop and grow one of the most recognized supercharger brands in the world, Werremeyer’s racing roots are actually found in naturally-aspirated drag racing. “I love the sound a high-revving car running on motor alone makes. I have always respected the guys who build and race cars in any naturally-aspirated class,” he said. However, Werremeyer doesn’t limit his love of racing to the sidelines. Werremeyer’s a Chrysler fan, and has raced in several heads-up and bracket classes across the country.

“This has been long time coming for ProMedia,” Harmon added. “Dave’s knowledge of the finite details of different combinations, will really help us as we move forward with our rules packages, bringing forward a much needed dynamic to all three of our series, benefiting the organization long term,” Harmon concluded.

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New Tanner Foust Signature Ford Focus!

November 26, 2012 by Chad Houghton

Multi-discipline race driver, movie stuntman, TV star, and now car designer, Tanner Foust, visited the Irwindale Event Center on Sunday to "break in" a (very) special, limited-edition Focus that not only looked like something Foust would be driving on the streets, but that had his name and his distinctive TF logo emblazoned all over it.

The car was just "off the boat"(actually it had come over to LA by truck) from an award-winning turn as one of the stars of the recent SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The four door hatchback had barely 50 miles on the clock, and, although Foust had been behind the wheel for a whole bunch of publicity shots at SEMA ... He had not yet driven the sexy-bad prototype.
That's where an off-day on the vast, empty East parking lot at IEC came in handy. At 'Vegas the car was never even fired up, or let alone driven, so there was some interest in breaking it in and getting a bit of actual seat time before it went on display at the LA Auto Show scheduled to open to the press on the 28th. As one might expect, the car ran flawlessly. There were no formal specs officially available at the IEC shakedown runs.  But, we can indicate that this special Foust-signature model was "loaded" with cool features, and that the horsepower rating for this very special edition turbo-charged 6-speed Focus ST model was (and we quote:) "Oh ... somewhere around 300."
Foust's willing co-conspirator in the custom body, trick semi-gloss silvery paint, and cool interior work was none other than Mike Spagnola, chief instigator and grand major-domo of Street Scene Equipment the well-known southern California custom body parts manufacturer. The basic look here is best explained as "stylistically belligerent". Subtlety is sure not the strong suite here. They WILL see you coming in this one (and a millisecond later they'll see you going).

All of the (by now) frothing at the bit Focus fans will have to wait for the magazine articles and web reviews to get all of the specs as well as to find out the information on where to buy one of these way cool little Ford supercars designed (and now test-driven at Irwindale) by Foust, who admitted to being much more familiar with the race track than the parking lot, having tested many cars for TV and raced successfully there numerous times in pro Drifting and Rallycross events there over the past years.