E3 Spark Plugs has been named the series sponsor for NHRA Pro Mod racing. The E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series, presented by J&A Service, will feature 12 races over the course of the coming season, along with a second visit to Texas during the year and a change to the qualifying procedures.
The series will run at the Texas Motorplex, Oct. 4-7 during the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals in their 3,000 horsepower cars, including ’67 Mustangs, ’68 Firebirds and ’69 Camaros, plus a variety of late model American muscle cars.
Newly in 2018, the category will get four qualifying sessions and the first round of eliminations in their 16-car field taking place on Sunday. The teams will have two qualifying sessions on Friday and two on Saturday prior to race day.
“We’re excited to become the title sponsor of the rapidly growing NHRA Pro Mod Series,” said Rob Fisher, Vice President of Motorsports for E3 Spark Plugs. “We’ve been involved with NHRA drag racing as a marketing partner for over ten years; Official Spark Plug and Ignition Products sponsor for five years; and now we’ve added a series level sponsorship of a very exciting form of drag racing. In our mind it was the next logical step and gives us the opportunity to give back to the pinnacle of Sportsman racing.”
The season will come to life March 15-18, at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla. at Gainesville Raceway. The next event will take place at the NHRA SpringNationals at Houston, April 20-22, and then will race four-wide at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway on April 27-29.
The Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Park Topeka takes place May 18-20 prior to a stretch of three consecutive events.
The action kicks off with the NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., June 7-10. The NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals will follow during Father’s Day weekend, June 15-17, at Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tenn. The busy month will conclude with the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, June 21-24, at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports in Norwalk, Ohio.
The doorslammer cars are sure to be a draw for race fans during the world’s biggest drag race the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, Aug. 29-Sept. 3. The series will race in the shadow of the Arch during the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, at Gateway Motorsports Park in St. Louis, Sept. 21-23.
Following the visit to Dallas the series returns to zMAX Dragway for the NHRA Carolina Nationals, Oct. 12-14. The champion will be crowned at the NHRA Toyota Nationals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas on Oct. 25-28.
“The 2018 schedule for the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service is one that will thrill fans across the country,” said Brad Gerber, NHRA vice president, and chief development officer. “The support of E3 Spark Plugs and J&A Service along with our industry partners at each of the 12 events will entertain the fans in this exciting series that features turbo, nitrous and supercharged vehicles.”
J&A Service will be designated as the presenting sponsor and the series is supported by the Real Pro Mod (RPM) Association, a group of NHRA Pro Mod Series team owners who works closely with NHRA on many initiatives to maintain and grow the series.
2018 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service Schedule