Terry McMillen, driver and owner of the Amalie Motor Oil InstiGator Top Fuel dragster, announced that Rob Wendland will be the crew chief on his NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series entry that includes associate sponsorship from the University of Northwestern Ohio, Ross Racing Pistons and Flatout Gaskets.
Three NHRA drivers, representing both the Professional and Sportsman categories, were honored this week at the 2014 Chevrolet Champion's event. Held at the General Motors Heritage Center in Sterling Heights, Mich., Shane Gray, Bruno Massel, and Erica Enders-Stevens were joined by drivers such as Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Kyle Larson, Helio Castroneves, and Will Power in receiving a special Cross Flags award for their accomplishments this year.
The off-season could best described by the New Crew as truthfully the on-season given the propensity of upgrades and improvements underway at Firebird Raceway in western Idaho. In a pro-active move to further elevate and enhance the drag strip, it has been a beehive activity and work at Firebird starting the day after the Last Blast final event of the season.
The battle for the Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award concluded in Pomona, and during Monday's awards ceremony, Top Fuel driver Richie Crampton was named the winner. The award was determined by a vote of leading motorsports journalists.
Bob Tasca III announced today that he will remain in his Ford Shelby Mustang for the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The livery on the Mustang is yet to be determined as Tasca continues to seek sponsors, and his race schedule will be announced at a later date.
Amid the myriad of other stories already circulating throughout the Pro Stock pits in Pomona is word that defending world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. will be sitting out the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. With JEGS.com continuing to expand its ever-growing empire and his ongoing family commitments, it looks like this may be a good time for Coughlin to pause his driving duties and concentrate on those off-track obligations. As we understand it, this isn't a permanent retirement but rather the plan for the foreseeable future.