When the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series gets underway March 12-13, eCarMover will be backing two Pro Stock entries at the 52nd annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. Pro Stock veteran Alan Prusiensky and rookie Mike Callahan will each be backed by the Florida-based company.
eCarMover will be bringing several companies along for the ride in 2021 with additional associate sponsors to be named later for select NHRA national events. The two-car team will operate under the Prusiensky Racing program, sharing tune-ups and technical data. Callahan, who worked last season on Prusiensky’s team, will be making his NHRA debut on the heels of racing at the World Doorslammer Nationals in Orlando, Fla.
“We are excited to be racing with Alan and Mike as the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series gets underway,” said John Mingolelli, vice president and founding member of eCarMover. “Alan and I have been working together for more than five years to get to this point. He and I have a lot in common. Most of all, we love drag racing and want to be world champions. My goal is to build a program that can give Alan and Mike everything they need to be successful. eCarMover Motorsports will race with the expertise and technical support from Alan to give both teams double the information every time they hit the track.”
The Mingolelli and Prusiensky relationship began in 2014 when Mingolelli wanted to make his dream of being a drag racer a reality and was exploring the possibility of racing a Ford Cobra Jet. He connected with Prusiensky, and the pair immediately bonded and decided to take their dreams to the next level. The two men shared so many commonalities, considering they were both the same age, both from Northeast, each ran their own business, and they had a huge passion for racing. Mingolelli was also intrigued that Prusiensky was developing his own Dodge program. The opportunity to bring eCarMover to the relationship was a natural extension of that dream with a second Pro Stock race car as part of eCarMover Motorsports with Prusiensky’s tune-up and technical support.
“Alan and I hit it off right away. We talked about how we would work together to build our dreams of racing at the highest level in NHRA. I want to build the eCarMover Motorsports team under the Prusiensky Racing umbrella,” said Mingolelli. “We had had a lot of ups and downs to get to this point. Alan had his accident in Charlotte a few years ago and they set us back, but now we are full steam ahead, and I could not be happier with this sponsorship. Our goal is to use the NHRA to further promote eCarMover as the premiere automotive logistics company in North America.”
With the backing of eCarMover, an OEM logistics provider for Ford, GM, FCA, Tesla as well as individuals looking to move vehicles anywhere across the United States and Canada, Prusiensky sees the opportunity to continue to build his program. The automotive logistics company is expanding into Canada and also has transportation relationships with Avis, Hertz, and Budget. Last season, his Pro Stock program showed flashes of success, but like so many developing engine programs, it is all about consistency and building power.
“Having eCarMover on our Dodge Dart will be a big help this season. Plus having a second race car on the track will definitely help with data and fine tuning our program,” said Prusiensky. “John and I go way back, and he is a great guy to have in your corner. We are excited to promote eCarMover in 2021. I also know John is working on a couple more deals that will just help us make our program even better. I have a great team, and we are pouring our hearts into this Pro Stock program. I am looking forward to getting to the Gatornationals and getting the season started.”
Callahan has loved classic cars and street rods for years, so much so that he would occasionally attend car shows and test and tune events, racing for fun. His passion and interest in racing grew when a business acquaintance introduced him to Capossela, the founder of Artisan Coffee and sponsor of Kenny Delco’s Pro Stock entry three years ago. Because of their shared interest in race cars, Capossela invited Callahan to spend some time working with Delco’s Pro Stock team.
From 2018-2019, Callahan would support Delco’s team at NHRA Camping World national events, working with Delco’s crew to prepare his Chevrolet Camaro Pro Stock entry. Callahan talked with Delco about earning a license and was referred to Prusiensky. Prior to last season, Callahan joined Prusiensky Racing with an eye on getting behind the wheel himself. Prusiensky offered tips and advice as the 2020 season progressed, and as the season wound down, Callahan began to get some practice seat time, familiarizing himself with the race car and executing short burnouts. He was not able to schedule the time to earn his license in 2020, so prior to the World Doorslammer Nationals, he will make the necessary runs and then compete in the second annual specialty event.
“I learned a lot from Kenny and Alan over the years, and we were hoping to get my license after the Las Vegas National event, but it didn’t work out,” explained Callahan. “This is a dream come true, and I am so thankful for the support from my family, especially my wife Sue, so we will see how it goes. I am focusing on getting my license for Orlando and the Gatornationals right now.”
Prusiensky also added, “I am excited to see Mike behind the wheel. This is a dream come true for him, and we are happy to be racing with him. This is a tough class, so having a teammate on the track during qualifying and race day will make our eCarMover Dodge Dart team stronger for sure. We are going to give it our best in Orlando and be ready for the Gatornationals the next week.”
Additional sponsor announcements will be made as the season gets underway. Prusiensky’s Dodge Dart will be branded with eCarMover as the primary for the Gatornationals. Callahan’s Pro Stock race car will also be branded with eCarMover livery as well as Artisan Coffee and Callahan’s Appliances.
For Callahan, this is a dream come true that began through a mutual business relationship with Ron Capossela, the founder of Artisan Coffee, and some hands-on experience from Pro Stock driver Kenny Delco.
“I am excited to get to Orlando and take my shot at getting my Pro Stock license,” said Callahan, who owns a number of businesses in North Texas. “I have to thank Ron Capossela and Artisan Coffee for this chance as well as Alan Prusiensky and Prusiensky Racing. Alan and Kenny Delco have shown me the ropes for the past couple of years, and now I am going to take this great opportunity. We will see what happens in Orlando, but I couldn’t be more excited.”
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