GLENDORA, Calif. (March 15, 2018) – NHRA officials announced today that Jerry Bickel Race Cars has been named the presenting sponsor for the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the upcoming AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, which takes place March 15-18 at Gainesville Raceway. It is the season kickoff race and the first of 12 events during the 2018 E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service season.
At the traditional East Coast opening race, race fans will again be thrilled by the nonstop action of the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service, which offers something for every kind of hot-rodding enthusiast. The class is loaded with huge fields, talented standouts, and is highlighted by historic muscle cars like the ’67 Mustang, ’68 Firebird and ’69 Camaro, as well as a variety of late model American muscle cars. Producing more than 3,000 horsepower, the suspended door pro mod cars travel the quarter-mile in less than six seconds at speeds exceeding 250 mph.
“After another incredible season, we are looking forward to seeing what the 2018 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service season delivers to fans at all 12 races,” said Brad Gerber, NHRA vice president and chief development officer. “Jerry Bickel Race Cars play a major role in the continued success and growth of the class, and we are excited to have them as a continued partner of the series.”
Known as “The One Stop Chassis Stop,” Jerry Bickel Race Cars offers an extensive variety of services to racers looking to improve race cars. The Jerry Bickel Race Cars facility is located in Moscow Mills, MO., and houses just about every race part and component a driver could dream of, along with a temperature-controlled manufacturing area and a temperature-controlled paint booth. Jerry Bickel Race Cars Inc. prides itself on its commitment to customer satisfaction, also building cars for many top drivers in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service. For more information on Jerry Bickel Race Cars, please visit www.JerryBickel.com.
“We are excited to once again sponsor the NHRA Pro Mod race in Gainesville this season,” Bickel said. “The Pro Mod class continues to be one of the most exciting classes in NHRA, and we’ve been thrilled with its continuing rise in popularity. We’re proud of the fact that many of these standouts car on the track have come through our race shop, making it a tremendous honor for us to continue to support our customers, NHRA and the Real Pro Mod Association.”
The 2018 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service is showcased in a 12-race schedule that includes stops at NHRA national events across the country. The 2017 season featured nine different winners, including Mike Castellana, who won two events, class newcomer Stevie “Fast” Jackson, who won two races last season, Steve Matusek, Sidnei Frigo, Jonathan Gray, Shane Molinari, three-time world champion Rickie Smith, and Steven Whiteley. Whitely is the defending winner of the event in Gainesville, posting his first victory in the class a year ago. All 12 races during the 2018 season will air on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) and FOX Sports 2 (FS2).
Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and E3 Spark NHRA Plugs Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service. 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. NHRA also offers NHRA Jr. Street program for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates four racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Gainesville Raceway in Florida; 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, Instagram and Twitter.