Mopar Speed- NHRA Pro Stock -December 27

NHRA Pro Stock

DSR, J&J Continue Pro Stock Partnership in 2007

By Judy Stropus

Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Racing
announced recently that the two teams will continue their Pro Stock
partnership into the 2007 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Richie
Stevens Jr. will again pilot the Team Mopar/Valspar Dodge Stratus R/T
as teammate to Allen Johnson’s Mopar/Johnson & Johnson Racing
Dodge Stratus R/T.

The two groups partnered up at the end of 2006, to great success.
Stevens Jr.’s performance improved markedly, as he won two of the five
events entered under the new DSR/J&J banner. Johnson also finished
strong, taking sixth in the final NHRA Pro Stock standings, with one win
and two Top Qualifier awards.

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“I am thrilled to be able to continue this association with Allen
Johnson and J&J Racing with Richie,” said Schumacher. “J&J clearly
knows how to build, prepare and set up a Pro Stock Mopar Dodge. The team’s
ability to put together a winning combination last year, both for Allen
and Richie, was demonstrated race after race.”

Mark Ingersoll will handle crew chief duties for both teams, with
crew-chief assistants assigned to both teams. J&J’s engine operations
are headed up by Roy Johnson, with Ingersoll handling decision-making on
clutch and chassis. Two additional crew members on each team will handle
maintenance and turn-around.

The 2007 NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Series kicks off on February 8-11 at
Pomona, Calif., with the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals. For
more info on the NHRA, log on to The 2007 NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Series kicks off on February 8-11 at
Pomona, Calif., with the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals. For
more info on the NHRA, log on to nhra.com.

“Our ’06 season really improved after we made the move over to Roy and Allen Johnson for engines and performance, with the immediate success [wins] in Dallas and Las Vegas. I can’t be thankful enough to Roy and Allen and Mopar, for sticking with me through everything, and I’m very happy to go into ’07 with them.”

=97 Richie Stevens Jr. (above left), on his late season success after his Don Schumacher Racing team joined forces with J & J Racing.

“The beginning [of this association] in ’06 was great. Richie went out and won two of the five events entered. The sharing of info from two-car teams in this incredibly competitive Pro Stock class is crucial. Look for more gains in ’07.”

=97 Allen Johnson (above right), on the advantage both DSR and J&J Racing will see as a result of teaming up for the 2007 NHRA Pro Stock Season.

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