|This year's NHRA Breakfast panelists include a true cross-section of NHRA Full
Throttle Drag Racing Series motorsports, with three of the four professional classes
NHRA's "Nitro Generation"—Bob Tasca and Bob Tasca III; LE, GT and Gary Tonglet; Jeg Coughlin Sr. and Jeg Coughlin Jr.; John and Courtney Force—are the featured panelists for the annual NHRA Breakfast at the SEMA Show. The annual NHRA event, which includes a continental breakfast, is open to all registered SEMA Show attendees. Get your tickets now.
Emceed by the voice of NHRA, Bob Frey, the breakfast's panelists represent a true cross-section of the sport of NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series with three of the four professional classes represented:
- The Tasca Family has been a part of drag racing since the beginning, when family patriarch Bob Tasca Sr. coined the phrase “Win on Sunday, sell on Monday.” That passion and desire to win has been passed to his son Bob Tasca II and on to his grandson Bob Tasca III who is currently competing in the Funny Car ranks in his Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang.
- A truly family affair, the Tonglet family has all shared a passion for NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle racing. Tuned by father Gary Tonglet and his brother GT Tonglet, LE Tonglet won the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle world championship along with that year’s Auto Club Road to the Future Award as the season’s top rookie performer. GT, who won the rookie of the year award in 2001, has been involved in the sport since he was 14 years old when he became crew chief on his father’s NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle team.
- When you think of drag racing, you can’t help but think of JEGS Mail Order, founded by Jeg Coughlin Sr., an accomplished top fuel racer in the late ’60s and ’70s. It would be an understatement to say he passed down the passion of NHRA drag racing. Jeg Jr. is the youngest of four Coughlin drag racing brothers who works during the week in the family business and races on the weekends.
- John Force never had any sons, but that didn’t stop the 15-time NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series world champion from passing along his love of the sport to his daughters, Ashley, Brittany and the newest rising star, Courtney Force.
Headquartered in Glendora, California, the NHRA is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2011. As the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States, NHRA presents 22 national events, featuring the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and the NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. The NHRA also offers the Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 8 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Gainesville Raceway in Florida; Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.