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herbjr 01-28-2018 08:55 AM

Hemi Challenge at Indy
 
I hope I'm wrong but from a good source the Hemi Challenge is done at Indy. Again I hope I'm wrong but I doubt it, With Dave Aldo retiring last year I figured some changes were coming.

richie 2 01-28-2018 09:21 AM

Re: Hemi Challenge at Indy
 
im gonna be sick...

Larry Hill 01-28-2018 09:28 AM

Re: Hemi Challenge at Indy
 
Dale Aldo was the sportsman racers friend, he did a lot for all of us no mater what brand racers raced. I hope there is a Hemi Challenge and an outstanding Factory Showdown show at Indy.

Chuck Comella 01-28-2018 09:39 AM

Re: Hemi Challenge at Indy
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by herbjr (Post 554606)
I hope I'm wrong but from a good source the Hemi Challenge is done at Indy. Again I hope I'm wrong but I doubt it, With Dave Aldo retiring last year I figured some changes were coming.

Herb this rumor has been going around for a couple weeks now. Has anybody actually seen official notice from either Chrysler or NHRA? If so how about printing a copy of it . Good source !!

Gary Merrick 01-28-2018 10:30 AM

Re: Hemi Challenge at Indy
 
I sure hope this rumor turns out to be "FALSE". I am a Chevy guy, but I sure enjoy watching the HEMIs go at it during the US Nationals. Back in the early 70's, I helped a guy build a B/G Dodge Dart (pretty much a Pro Stock car of that era). That Hemi was 16 spark plugs, aluminum heads, dual distributors, crank trigger, Chrysler electronic ignition, a really cool engine and car. I learned a lot from Francis Crider and Dave Koffel about HEMIs back then. I got pretty good at removing and replacing Hemi heads, cause this car had a trick shifted Hemi 4 speed, unfortunately, the driver missed a lot of gears and bent the exhaust valves on a weekly basis. After one of those head removals and reinstalls, I told the driver, "we should look into putting dzus fasteners on these heads", he did not see the humor in my remarks. LOL

Gary Merrick
3522 Stock

SSDA Hemi 01-28-2018 02:10 PM

Re: Hemi Challenge at Indy
 
There will still be SS/AH class regardless if there is a $15k purse and big trophy or not. Mopar and NHRA can do whatever they want, but the fans and racers will make SS/AH class at Indy a big deal with or without there help

Getting back to work as I'm already behind trying to make Indy in SS/AH, shootout or not....

jmcarter 01-28-2018 02:19 PM

Re: Hemi Challenge at Indy
 
Herb, this will be huge hit if they don't run the Challenge again, all those Hemi cars parading down the return road is a thrill in itself.

Hope they invite your Dad back to help announce it too...first saw him running match races in Clarksville TN, bought a few parts from him too before he sold his stuff to Hensley.

Spyphish 01-28-2018 07:09 PM

Re: Hemi Challenge at Indy
 
SHOOT!!!! They must have got wind of my new motor. Me3

Bucky Hess 01-28-2018 08:48 PM

Re: Hemi Challenge at Indy
 
For what its worth ,its still listed under event stock and super stock classes and special events for 2018

SSDA Hemi 01-29-2018 06:09 AM

Re: Hemi Challenge at Indy
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by jmcarter (Post 554641)
Herb, this will be huge hit if they don't run the Challenge again, all those Hemi cars parading down the return road is a thrill in itself.

Jim, there was no Hemi parade last year..... was on my bucket list and was hoping they would bring it back this year as its 50 year anniversary for these (1968) cars.

The "parking in the circle" ended 2 years ago, a major concern would be they park the SS/AH scattered randomly through out the pits and not together

SSDA Hemi 01-29-2018 06:16 AM

Re: Hemi Challenge at Indy
 
I understand this is the CHEVROLET US Nationals, but if Mopar doesn't put up the $, looks like some work to do to find someone that will. Jegs ,Me3 (lol) or ????

But yes, special announcing, special run schedule, A very good advertising value for the $ imho. Just appears NHRA needs there cut for that to happen...

Spyphish 01-29-2018 01:34 PM

Re: Hemi Challenge at Indy
 
To whom it may concern, The Mopar Hemi Challenge program that has run in conjunction with the US Nationals will NOT take place in 2018. Please discontinue all deliverables and promotions of the Mopar Hemi Challenge program including using the Mopar Hemi Challenge logo entirely. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you, Gary Raasch NHRA Sr. Director of Corporate Marketing and Partnerships 2035 Financial Way Glendora, CA 91741 626-250-2211 office 626-688-9172 cell graasch@nhra.com


This was floating around in the cloud so I called Glendora. There is a Gary Raash which I left a voicemail. SO I went to my source and friend Eric Lotz who said it was cancelled for 2018 BUT talks are back on to do it. Stay tuned was his quote. If you want to see it happen, emails and letters to Mopar and NHRA.
Signed: The proud owner of a $500k bracket car

kyhemi-dart 01-29-2018 01:48 PM

Re: Hemi Challenge at Indy
 
I really hope they get it back in the program, especially this year being the 50th anniversary of the Hemi cars.

Chuck Comella 01-29-2018 02:05 PM

Re: Hemi Challenge at Indy
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Spyphish (Post 554716)
To whom it may concern, The Mopar Hemi Challenge program that has run in conjunction with the US Nationals will NOT take place in 2018. Please discontinue all deliverables and promotions of the Mopar Hemi Challenge program including using the Mopar Hemi Challenge logo entirely. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you, Gary Raasch NHRA Sr. Director of Corporate Marketing and Partnerships 2035 Financial Way Glendora, CA 91741 626-250-2211 office 626-688-9172 cell graasch@nhra.com


This was floating around in the cloud so I called Glendora. There is a Gary Raash which I left a voicemail. SO I went to my source and friend Eric Lotz who said it was cancelled for 2018 BUT talks are back on to do it. Stay tuned was his quote. If you want to see it happen, emails and letters to Mopar and NHRA.
Signed: The proud owner of a $500k bracket car

Me three,Spyfish, $500k bracket motor man, I have talked to the other AH drivers and owners and we have decided that you being of sound mind (lol) are the guy to handle this matter with Mopar and NHRA. Don't let us dowm

James Perrone 01-29-2018 02:55 PM

Re: Hemi Challenge at Indy
 
Dam. Shame. Bean counters. Running out of beans?
I hope you Hemi guys get together like they do in A/S.
Do your own thing if possible or do it someplace else

Spyphish 01-29-2018 03:09 PM

Re: Hemi Challenge at Indy
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Chuck Comella (Post 554718)
Me three,Spyfish, $500k bracket motor man, I have talked to the other AH drivers and owners and we have decided that you being of sound mind (lol) are the guy to handle this matter with Mopar and NHRA. Don't let us dowm


Sound mind!!! Now that's an oxymoron. I own an AH car!!!


PS Down ends with an "n". J Jake

richie 2 01-29-2018 03:23 PM

Re: Hemi Challenge at Indy
 
anybody know and email address @ NHRA to voice our concerns?

rhinodaert 01-29-2018 08:44 PM

Re: Hemi Challenge at Indy
 
I was wondering if something would change when Dale retired, without the Hemi Challenge it is just another race, LOL. I only go for the Challenge, might not make it this year if you guys aren't there. Please let us know who we contact at NHRA!

jmcarter 01-29-2018 09:19 PM

Re: Hemi Challenge at Indy
 
I sent my request to Gary Raasch using the email address shown earlier. If enough members do likewise they hopefully will acknowledge our concerns.

Ed Fernandez 01-30-2018 02:44 AM

Re: Hemi Challenge at Indy
 
Looks like they're slowly dismantling drag racing as we've known it. It will probably degenerate into the way the collector car market has gone, rich guys with money to burn.

Lenny5160 01-30-2018 11:18 AM

Re: Hemi Challenge at Indy
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Ed Fernandez (Post 554778)
Looks like they're slowly dismantling drag racing as we've known it. It will probably degenerate into the way the collector car market has gone, rich guys with money to burn.

Probably???

Frank Castros 01-30-2018 07:14 PM

Re: Hemi Challenge at Indy
 
Without the Chrysler money will that stop the HEMI crowd from showing up and running class?
I never thought it was about the purse but more about the achievement and the bragging rights.

Wicked Chicken 02-28-2018 12:14 PM

Re: Hemi Challenge at Indy
 
Is this event still a No Go? I cannot find any definitive info on it being eliminated.

Spyphish 03-01-2018 10:45 PM

Re: Hemi Challenge at Indy
 
Come on, CLASS RACING, Maybe a daytime final is only difference. ME3


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