Once again a collection of wheel standing 1968 Super Stock HEMI Darts and Barracudas will assault the hallow grounds of Indianapolis Raceway Park during the 57th running of the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals. To sweeten the deal, Mopar will put a total $18, 000 in prize money during this years event which is scheduled on September 1-2.
These purpose built package cars were the brainchild of Chrysler Race Engineers Tom Hoover and Dick Maxwell and represented the pinnacle of factory built race cars. The current crop of Challenger Drag Paks can trace their roots back to this magic era when Race on Sunday, Sell on Monday was the mantra of the domestic automakers. Back in the day, legendary drivers such as Ronnie Sox, Arlen Vanke and Ron Mancini wheeled their 426 HEMI-powered A-Bodies to Super Stock eliminator wins at this prestigious event from 1968-70.
Grassroots racers who compete in the Mopar Hemi Challenge are the foundation of drag racing and the reason why Mopar is involved in the NHRA, said Pietro Gorlier, president and CEO of Mopar. These enthusiast drivers spend a great deal of time and money preparing their Mopar Hemi-powered race cars for battle and purchase many Mopar parts from their local Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, or Ram dealerships. They have a passion for the Mopar brand that reflects positively throughout the drag racing world. This is why we recognize this passion supporting the Hemi Challenge.
This will be the 11th running of the Mopar HEMI Challenge and it has become a major attraction during the U.S. Nationals. Hardcore HEMI fans from all over come to Indy just to see these door slammers run heads-up down the quarter-mile. Last year Jim Daniels drove his Dart to victory over David Barons Barracuda.
So mark your calendar and head to Indy to witness the excitement of Super Stock racing – HEMI style!