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Shane Tucker partners with engine builder Nick Ferri for 2019

Pro Stock racer Shane Tucker will compete full-time in Pro Stock for first time in 2019
06 Dec 2018
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Shane Tucker

Shane Tucker will make a run for the Pro Stock world championship for the first time in 2019. To do that, Tucker decided to make a change in the engine department. Rob Tucker Racing brought on board veteran engine builder Nick Ferri to bring his Chevrolet Camaro up to speed. 

“We have been working on our own for a number of years with some assistance here and there,” explained Shane Tucker. “We were building our Auzmet Architectural business here in the States, so we could only run select events.  

“We are excited to finally be able to focus a little more on racing, and working with Nick Ferri Racing shows how serious we are. Nick has done amazing things with previous world champions, and we have that same kind of championship attitude here at Rob Tucker Racing.” 

Tucker needed to find more consistency in his racing program. The Australian only made it down the track successfully once during eliminations in 10 attempts during the EFI era. This will be his best chance to find that consistency — in no small part because of bringing a veteran engine builder like Ferri on board. Ferri previously worked with Elite Performance and plans to continue supplying power to other teams competing in Pro Stock in 2019. 

“We have had a lot of success with our engine building program working with Jeg Coughlin, Mike Edwards, and Erica Enders-Stevens,” said Ferri. “I am excited to join forces with Rob Tucker Racing starting in 2019. The passion and determination Rob and Shane Tucker have shown over the years gives me a lot of confidence that we can build a partnership that will win a lot of races.” 

Tucker plans to hit the ground running by testing beginning in January and making his season debut at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals in Pomona on Feb. 7.