The Mopar and Dodge//SRT (Street and Racing Technology) performance brands of Stellantis, which has its North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, are expanding their support of the National Hot Rod Association’s 2021 Camping World Series season.
The new deal includes title sponsorship of the Dodge//SRT U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis (Sept. 1-5), the 68th edition of the NHRA’s cornerstone event.
The series will mark 70 years of drag-racing history. The brands also are extending their title sponsorship support of national events at Bandimere Speedway in Denver, the longest running sponsorship in NHRA, and Maple Grove Raceway in Pennsylvania, while reprising their sponsorship of the Houston and Las Vegas races.
The 2021 NHRA season’s 21-race calendar will see Mopar and Dodge//SRT divide title sponsorship duties at five NHRA national events:
- May 21-23 – Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals Presented by Pennzoil (Houston)
- July 16-18 – Dodge//SRT Mile-High NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil (Denver)
- Sept. 1-5 – Dodge//SRT U.S. Nationals (Indianapolis)
- Sept. 10-12 – Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil (Reading, Pennsylvania)
- Oct. 29-Nov. 1 – Dodge//SRT NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil (Las Vegas)
“The performance legacy of Dodge and SRT is forever intertwined with the NHRA, and taking on title sponsorship of the U.S. Nationals further enhances that connection to our roots,” says Tim Kuniskis, CEO of the Dodge brand. “If there’s one thing Dodge//SRT performance-car customers have in common, it’s a passion for the feeling you get when you experience NHRA racing for yourself.”
The NHRA was founded in 1951, and the drag strip is where the Mopar and Dodge brands built their reputations, which began in 1963 with the domination of the 426-cubic-inch Max Wedge V-8 engine in the Stock and Super Stock classes. Next came the introduction of the 426 HEMI engine, the basic architecture of which has been used in Top Fuel and Funny Car classes for decades and continues today.
The history of success in the pro ranks of Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock includes a combined total of 1,280 national event title wins and 79 NHRA world championship titles.
Much of Mopar and Dodge’s most recent success in the NHRA has been earned in the more-than-10,0000-horsepower nitro-fueled (Funny Car and Top Fuel) classes, where competitors can reach speeds of more than 330 miles per hour. The return of HEMI-powered vehicles to the track this month will signal the start of a 19th season for Mopar and Dodge//SRT brands’ long-standing relationship with Don Schumacher Racing.