For the competition, there’s nothing funny about the way the new 2015 Dodge Charger R/T NHRA Funny Car body has kept Mopar® racers in the winner’s circle lately. Here are a few of the NHRA national events and track records set during the 18-event regular season by Mopar and Dodge brand drivers.
PHOENIX RISING At the NHRA stop near Phoenix in February, Matt Hagan earned his second consecutive win, after racing his Mopar® Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T to a track record 3.975 second elapsed time (ET) in the final round of eliminations.
ROCKET SHIP Hagan’s Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) teammate, Jack Beckman drove his Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T to the first sub-four second pass ever posted at the NHRA SpringNationals event near Houston, Texas, claiming the No. 1 qualifier spot.
FOUR BELOW Beckman took his second win of the year at the NHRA Kansas Nationals in Topeka and became the first Funny Car driver to ever record four consecutive runs below four seconds, with a best ET of 3.972.
FIREWORKS SHOW During the NHRA’s Fourth of July weekend Norwalk, Ohio event, Hagan set track records for ET and speed, recording a 3.973 second pass and 322.96 mph speed during qualifying.
VINTAGE PERFORMANCE Beckman reeled off the quickest ever Funny Car run in his Dodge Charger R/T at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals, setting the NHRA national ET record with a 3.921 and earning a 20-point bonus. Beckman also scored the event win. Hagan also records the fastest ever Funny Car run on a 1,000- foot course when his Dodge Charger R/T reached 325.77 mph.
QUICKEST EVER (AGAIN) A week after Sonoma, “Fast Jack” once again lowered the mark for the quickest ever Funny Car pass, posting a 3.912 second ET at the Pacific Raceways drag strip near Seattle.
BREAKING BARRIERS Hagan notched another milestone for the new Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T at the NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minnesota, becoming the first driver to crack the 3.9-second barrier with a run of 3.879 seconds and setting the NHRA speed record at 329.58 mph. He was unable to back up his mark, but Beckman ran a 3.901 and backed it up within one percent, lowering the official national record, something he was not able to do in Seattle.
“GO” TIME Beckman continued his streak, setting records at the NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis with a 3.936 second elapsed time at 323.74 mph. He added victories in the $100,000 Traxxas Funny Car Shootout bonus event and the main event on Monday at “Big Go,” setting himself up to take in the “Countdown to the Championship” to defend the 2014 title.