|From left, driver Vincent Nobile, John Nobile, and team owners Irene and Nick Mitsos have enjoyed great success together.
As part of an ongoing effort to improve their competitive standing in the rapidly changing world of NHRA Pro Stock racing, NAPA/Mountain View Performance team owner Nick Mitsos has announced a strategic alliance with Ken Black Racing for the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season. As part of the agreement, Mountain View driver Vincent Nobile will race a KB Racing-powered Chevrolet Camaro alongside new teammates Greg Anderson and Jason Line.
The move marks the end of a successful six-year partnership between the Mountain View team and Allen and Roy Johnson and their J&J Racing team which produced eight wins and a victory in the prestigious K&N Horsepower Challenge race. Racing a Dodge Avenger, Nobile also finished in the top ten in each of his first three full seasons in the Pro Stock class. The team expects to complete the transition with the addition of a new ’14 Chevy Camaro from chassis builder Jerry Haas.
“When it comes to success in NHRA Pro Stock racing, the record of the KB team speaks for itself so when I was presented with an opportunity to join Ken Black, Greg Anderson, Jason Line and the rest of the KB team it was simply too good to pass up,” said team owner Mitsos. “We enjoyed a great ride with the J&J Racing team but we felt as though we needed to move in a different direction in order to achieve our ultimate goal, which is the NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock championship. I have nothing but admiration for Roy and Allen Johnson and I’m extremely grateful for all they’ve done for us.”
Nobile, 22, is one of the brightest young stars in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Since joining the NAPA/Mountain View Performance team in 2011, he has appeared in 13 final rounds and claimed eight victories. The son of Pro Stock veteran John Nobile, Vincent has compiled a 98-61 record in elimination rounds. His most impressive performance came during the 2012 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk when he achieved a rare double, winning the $50,000 top prize in the K&N Pro Stock Challenge on Saturday and returning a day later to win Sunday’s final eliminations.
In KB Racing, Nobile will be joining a team that has been the gold standard in NHRA Pro Stock racing for more than a decade with a combined six world championships and 105 national event victories since 2001. In 2013, KB racing drivers Line and Anderson finished third and eighth respectively in the final season standings.
“I am very excited for the 2014 season. I believe that joining the KB team will be a very positive move for me and the Mountain View team,” said Nobile. “I admired Greg and Jason long before I had a chance to race Pro Stock myself and can’t wait to become a part of their team. Looking back at my first Pro Stock race in 2011, all I wanted to do was qualify. Now, I truly believe we have a great shot at accomplishing our ultimate goal, which is a world championship. I can’t thank Nick and Irene Mitsos and the rest of the Mitsos family and the Mountain View organization enough giving me the opportunity to drive their race car. I’m already counting the days until we head back to Pomona for the start of the 2014 season.”