Denso Auto Parts will expand upon its involvement with NHRA Championship Drag Racing and create the Denso Spark Plugs 200-mph Club for racers in the Pro Stock Motorcycle category. This program will honor the first four racers in the two-wheel division who surpass the 200-mph barrier.
The initial racer who runs 200 mph will receive $10,000 and be honored during the FOX Sports NHRA broadcast as well as in National Dragster, NHRA.com, and on all NHRA social platforms. An additional $10,000 will be split amongst the following three riders who join this exclusive club. Bonuses will also be provided to the first four Pro Stock Motorcycle racers if they eclipse the 200-mph barrier while using Denso spark plugs.
The 200-mph barrier is a milestone many of the teams in Pro Stock Motorcycle have set their sights on and they each long to be the history-making rider. In 2011 Eddie Krawiec became the first competitor to enter in the 199-mph range. The current national record is 199.88 mph posted by Hector Arana Jr. set in March of 2015 at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, N.C.
“When the Pro Stock Motorcycle season begins at Gainesville Raceway in March, the competitors will be aiming to have their name entered in the record books as the first to break this barrier,” said Brad Gerber, NHRA vice president of sales & chief development officer. “The Denso Spark Plugs 200-mph Club members will forever be a part of NHRA’s rich performance history.”
“The individuals who first break the 200-mph barrier in Pro Stock Motorcycle will lead the category into a new era of competition,” said Lisa Michler, marketing communications manager for Denso. “We are excited to be a part of such a milestone moment in NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle history.”
Denso is the sponsor of the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, April 6-8, and the primary sponsor of Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Angie Smith and associate sponsor for her husband, Matt.