Kangaroo Express, the leading independently operated convenience store retailer in the southeastern United States, will be part of the Jim Dunn Racing/ALO Drink Funny Car team this weekend at the 2015 NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte.
“We want to welcome Kangaroo Express to the Jim Dunn Racing family and thank them for their support,” said team manager, Jon Dunn. “Throughout the years, we’ve come to count on Kangaroo Express Stores for their great customer service. It’s a great place to stop and shop when travelling on the road.”
Jim Dunn Racing primary sponsor, ALO Drink, can be found in more than 700 Kangaroo Express convenience stores in North Carolina alone. Fans will be able to pick up coupons to buy ALO Drink at their local Kangaroo Express when they stop by the Jim Dunn Racing pit this weekend.
In advance of the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, three John Force Racing Funny Car drivers attended the Auto Club 400 in Fontana, Calif.
The trio -- John Force; Robert Hight, driver of the Auto Club Chevy; and Courtney Force, Traxxas Chevy Funny Car driver -- participated in a stage show for sponsor Automobile Club of Southern California and they also mingled with drivers and sponsors on the starting grid before the race began including Peak sponsored driver Clint Bowyer.
“We are headed back to NASCAR country this weekend and it was great to see some NASCAR drivers and spend time with their fans. One of the cool things I saw was the people with signs that that said ‘Thanks Jeff!’ which as a great show of respect for Jeff Gordon. I got to spend the most time with Clint Bowyer and our boss Bryan Emrich, the chief marketing officer Old World Industries,” added Force.
Nearly 40 race fans mingled with stars from the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series on Saturday and helped support a great cause at the 13th annual NHRA Tour de Charity at the Sonoma Raceway Karting Center.
The charity event, which pitted race fans against NHRA racers for a day of karting on the raceway’s challenging course, raised $11,050 for Speedway Children’s Charities, bringing the 13-year total for the event to more than $141,000.
"This is my first time out here and I’m hoping to at least beat my husband or else it's going to be a long ride home," said Jenny Hamilton of Livermore. "I grew up going to the Boys and Girls Club in Sonoma and I wanted to support Speedway Children’s Charities because of their continued support of the Boys and Girls Club all these years."
Speedway Children’s Charities, the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway, raises funds for distribution to qualified youth organizations in Sonoma County. The charity has distributed more than $4.8 million since 2001.
NHRA Funny Car drivers Jack Beckman (Infinite Hero Dodge Charger) and Ron Capps (NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger) as well as Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Scotty Pollacheck (Petrolhead Buell) traded paint and rubbed elbows with fans.
"Often, when you're doing some productive it's not fun, and when you're doing something fun, it's not productive," said Beckman. "That's not the case here. This is a time, where we as drivers get to take time out to interact with fans and race these amazing go karts. The best thing is it all goes to charity."
For the second consecutive year, Capps took King of the Track honors among the NHRA racers, turning the best lap over the 16-turn, three-quarter mile circuit at 1 minute, 6.565 seconds. Capps holds the record for most King of the Track honors, taking the title eight times (2003, 2005-2007, 2010-2011, 2014-2015). Other winners have included Top Fuel drivers Cory McClenathan (2004), David Baca (2009), Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Matt Guidera (2008), Beckman (2012) and Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Adam Arana (2013).
Race fans also competed in a 12-lap race at the end of the day, with Elk Grove’s Milas Mills taking top honors for the third year in a row with a time of 1 minute, 3.205 seconds.
The Simraceway Performance Driving Center provided the karts, race suits, classroom instruction and on-track pointers for all competitors. The NHRA racers also signed autographs and donated memorabilia for gifts bags for each participant.
From left, Brittany Force, Forrest Lucas, Randy Frye, and John Force.
Lucas Oil founder a Forrest Lucas and his son Morgan Lucas hosted a group of Indiana legislators, track operators, and Town of Brownsburg officials earlier this week at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis to talk about motorsports and the impact the sport has on the state of Indiana.
The group, which included Representative Randy Frye (Indiana District 67), toured the city of Brownsburg, which has become a hub for NHRA teams housing several race team shops and relevant racing vendors that have created hundreds of jobs in the industry. The group wrapped up the evening at the race track with a delicious dinner and where the group had the chance to get up close look at a variety of race cars as well as a tour of Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
The group also was treated to a display of a variety of race cars including Lucas’ Protect the Harvest Top Fuel dragster and nostalgia Funny Car and two of John Force Racing’s Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Cars, John Force’s Peak Anti-freeze Funny Car and Courtney Force’s Traxxas Funny Car.
“We were honored to be invited by Forrest Lucas to talk with these important decision-makers about the impact motorsports has on Indiana,” said 16-time Funny Car champion John Force. “We want to grow NHRA and all of motorsports. We didn’t just talk about all the money motorsports events bring into the state we also talked about jobs and how we represent the state when we travel all across the country when we are on the road with the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.”