SEMA eNews Vol. 14, No. 48, December 1, 2011

Racing News: Mopar V-10 Competition Off-Road Race Engine Wins Baja 1000 Class 8 Debut

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  Kent Kroeker and Alan Roach covered a distance of nearly 700 miles through the rugged desert of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula in just over 20 hours to record the Class 8 victory in the Baja 1000 with the new Mopar V-10 Competition Off-Road Race Engine in their Ram 1500.

Mopar V-10 Competition Off-Road Race Engine Wins Baja 1000 Class 8 Debut
Mopar introduced the new 800hp V-10 Competition Race Engine for drag racing at the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, November 1, and less than three weeks later, the off-road racing derivative of the crate engine made its debut in the 44th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, powering Kent Kroeker and Alan Roach to the Class 8 win in the famed event.

Kroeker, owner of Kroeker Off-Road Engineering (KORE), shared the driving duties of the Ram 1500 with the Mopar V-10 Competition Off-Road Race Engine under the hood, with Roach, who hails from Escondido, California. The pair covered the distance of nearly 700 miles through the rugged desert of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula in just over 20 hours to record the Class 8 victory. Kroeker began the race and drove through the San Felipe loop, with Roach then taking the wheel for the remainder of the distance.

The 2011 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 drew a total of 278 starters from 34 states and 16 different countries in more than 30 different classes. The Class 8 division that Kroeker and Roach competed in with the Mopar V-10 Competition Off-Road Race Engine is comprised of fullsize, two-wheel-drive trucks.

Kroeker and his team put the Ram 1500 for Baja together in six weeks, as both the truck and the Mopar V-10 Competition Off-Road Race Engine made their competitive debut at what is considered the most grueling event in off-road racing.

Kroeker and KORE were instrumental in the development and creation of the Mopar Ram Runner, which was introduced at the 2010 Moab Jeep Safari. The Mopar Ram Runner served as the Official Pace Truck of the Traxxas TORC (The Off-Road Championship) Series this season, where Mopar-powered Ram Truck drivers won 27 total races and claimed the championship in all three PRO classes.

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  Wade Moody hopes to break his own record at the tracks in 2012.

Flo-Pro Exhaust Sponsors Record Breaker S-10 Pro-Diesel Truck in 2012
Wade Moody’s Pro-Diesel S-10 world record breaker of this past fall with National Association of Diesel Motorsports (NADM) in the Pro Diesel Class will have a new look along with new sponsors for the 2012 season. FLO~PRO Performance Exhaust was a sponsor in 2011 when Moody with his record of 171 mph, 7.94 backed with a 7.87, broke a long-standing record held by Gale Banks of 8.062 at 162.66 in a quarter-mile.

Moody’s changes for 2012 include a billet engine block, lighter-weight materials in the front end, suspension and fuel system. The truck base is an ’02 Gephardt Pro Stick truck, 125-in. wheelbase, 2,800 lbs., Duramax diesel engine, twin-turbo and nitrous running on Mickey Thompson tires.

Moody hopes to break his own record with plenty of RPMs left for improved times along with any grudge matches at the tracks in 2012. Appearances for 2012 include Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and possibly Texas.

Sponsors for 2012 include FLO~PRO Performance Exhaust as the title sponsor, along with associate sponsors from Industrial Injection, AirWerks, Mickey Thompson, K&N, Lucas Oil, XS Power, Stroud Safety, REV, Fuelab, Nitrous Express and DIESEL Motorsports.

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  The Koenigsegg Agera R has received official Guinness approval for its 0–300–0 km/h record time.

Koenigsegg Agera R Receives Guinness World Record
Koenigsegg has received official Guinness approval for its 0–300–0 km/h record time. In September, a standard Koenigsegg Agera R, driven by Robert Serwanski, took several new-production car world records at the Koenigsegg proving ground in Ängelholm, Sweden. The 0-300-0 km/h time of 21.19 seconds displayed the Agera R's stability, acceleration and braking performance.

2012 NMRA Ford Nationals, Muscle Car Nationals Series Schedules Announced
The NMRA Ford Nationals has announced its 2012 series event schedule, which includes a new Maryland event that will bring all-Ford racing to the mid-Atlantic region:

  • March 1–4: 18th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA Spring Break Shootout Presented by Steeda, Bradenton Motorsports Park – Bradenton, Florida
  • April 12–15: 4th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals, Atlanta Dragway – Commerce, Georgia
  • May 4–6: 11th Annual NMRA Ford Nationals, Maryland International Raceway – Mechanicsville, Maryland
  • June 15–16: 9th Annual NMRA Ford Nationals, Milan Dragway – Milan, Michigan
  • July 12–15: 7th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing Presented by Miller Welders, Route 66 Raceway – Joliet, Illinois
  • August 31–September 2: 34th Annual NMRA Ford Expo, National Trail Raceway – Columbus, Ohio
  • October 4–7: 14th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA All-Ford World Finals Featuring 5.0 Mustang’s King of the Street, Beech Bend Raceway – Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • November 9–11, 2012: 3rd Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Lone Star Shootout, Royal Purple Raceway – Houston

The 2012 Muscle Car Nationals series event schedule includes:

  • March 15–18: 10th Annual Ross Racing Pistons NMCA Muscle Car Nationals Featuring the GM Performance Parts LSX Challenge, Bradenton Motorsports Park – Bradenton, Florida
  • April 12–15: 4th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals, Atlanta Dragway – Commerce, Georgia
  • June 8–10: 10th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Nationals Featuring the 4th Annual shopHEMI.com Late-Model HEMI Shootout, Maryland International Raceway – Mechanicsville, Maryland
  • July 12–15: 7th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing Presented by Miller Welders, Route 66 Raceway – Joliet, Illinois
  • August 3–5: 11th Annual Quick Fuel Technology NMCA Muscle Car Nationals Featuring the Dave Duell Nostalgia Super Stock Classic, Beech Bend Raceway – Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • August 24–26: 6th Annual JE Pistons NMCA Muscle Car Nationals Featuring the Ford Racing Cobra Jet Showdown, Milan Dragway – Milan, Michigan
  • October 11–14: 11th Annual FueLab NMCA World Street Finals Featuring the 6th Annual GM Performance Parts LSX Shootout, Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis – Indianapolis
  • November 9–11: 4th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Lone Star Shootout, Royal Purple Raceway – Houston

For more information on the NMRA Ford Nationals or Muscle Car Nationals, log on to www.nmradigital.com or call 714-444-2426.

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  United Autosports plans to campaign an Audi R8 LMS sportscar in the 2012 Avon Tyres British GT Championship.

United Autosports Bids for British GT Crown
The United Autosports team—co-owned by American, Zak Brown and Briton, Richard Dean—plans to campaign an Audi R8 LMS sportscar in the 2012 Avon Tyres British GT Championship in a bid to take the title it so narrowly missed out on this year. The team was one of the front-running outfits in 2011, having taken several pole positions and led the championship for majority of the season with drivers Matt Bell (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom) and Mike Guasch (Palo Alto, California).

The Audi R8 LMS has taken more than 100 race wins to date and already the Anglo-American team has confirmed one Audi R8 LMS entry with the series organizers for next year’s British GT series with the intention of adding a second for the right driver combination. The United Autosports car will be the latest 2012 specification; the Audi R8 having conquered the opposition with recent dominant performances and victories in the 2011 Spa 24 hours, Blancpain Endurance Series and Macau GT race.

Organizer, SRO Motorsports Group, has a seven-meeting calendar scheduled for 2012 featuring the United Kingdom’s best circuits, including Oulton Park, Rockingham, Snetterton and the Grand Prix circuits of Brands Hatch, Silverstone and Donington Park. The 2012 overseas round, meanwhile, will take place on the German Grand Prix circuit at the Nürburgring.

Flowmaster to Sponsor All-New NMCA WEST Street Car Series Through 2013
Flowmaster Inc. and ProMedia Events have announced that Flowmaster will be the series sponsor of the all-new NMCA WEST Street Car Series through the 2013 season. NMCA West will debut in 2012 as a four-event championship series catering to the growing West Coast drag-racing scene:

  • Auto Club Dragway – Fontana, California – April 20–22
  • Famoso Dragway – Bakersfield, California – June 22–24
  • Speed World Dragway – Phoenix, Arizona – September 28–30
  • Auto Club Dragway – Fontana, California – October 19–21
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