NHRA's drivers are big into social media, including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, where they keep fans abreast of their latest appearances and shenanigans. In this regular Bits from the Pits feature, we'll take a look at some of the most interesting, recent photos, tweets, and posts shared by some of the drivers and teams. Following are some of the recent highlights.
The John Force Racing team is in Phoenix this week, testing its new Chevy Camaro Funny Cars and the Top Fuel dragster in advance of the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Though the look of John Force's Peak entry is well-known thanks to the team's release of a rendering last week, until today the look of the other entries had been kept under wraps. The team shared photos of all four entries via social media. Click on the above headline to see the pictures.
Several teams are at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix this week making test runs to prepare for the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, which begins in two weeks in Pomona, and thus far, the test has yielded a pair of threes and a 4.0 in the Funny Car ranks.
Luke Bogacki must like a good challenge. He won the Super Comp national championship in 2013. He won the Super Gas championship in 2014. Then he sold that title-winning car over the winter and ordered an all-new Charlie Stewart Race Cars-built '63 Corvette roadster.
Six-time NHRA Pro Stock champion Warren Johnson, golden-voiced announcer Dave McClelland, Funny Car pioneers Paula Murphy and Gene Snow, Strange Engineering boss Bob Stange, and Tom Hoover, father of the Chrysler 426 Hemi, are among the finalists for the 2015 class of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
As it has for the past couple of years when the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series runs at famed Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, the "Big Jim" Dunn team will have a special Mooneyes scheme on its Funny Car. However, unlike at previous events, the one that will be at the Circle K NHRA Winternationals the first weekend of February will not be yellow and black. Click on the headline above to see what the flopper that John Hale will pilot in his first event with the Dunn team will look like.
After two years of running a very limited schedule, four-time NHRA Top Fuel world championship runner-up Cory McClenathan will saddle up and compete at about a dozen NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national events this season in a split campaign in the cars owned by Mike and Chris Dakin and Dexter Tuttle.
In a Thursday morning teleconference, John Force Racing and Chevrolet announced a new partnership that will put JFR drivers John and Courtney Force and Robert Hight in Camaro SS Funny Cars beginning with the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Along with Force and Hight, Jim Campbell, Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports for Chevrolet, and NHRA President Tom Compton also spoke. Here’s some excerpts from the teleconference.
Earlier today, John Force Racing held a media teleconference in which they announced they are partnering with Chevrolet, running Chevrolet Camaro bodies on the team's three Funny Cars and Chevrolet logo on its Top Fuel dragster. As expected, the announcement created quite a stir on Twitter among fans, racers, and others. Click on the headline above for some of the reaction.