Mopar®, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand, will join thousands of Mopar drag-racing fans as they roll into Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo., for the 31st Annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals, July 23–25. To kick off the weekend’s festivities, Mopar will reveal its new Mopar ’10 Challenger at its Big Block Event gathering on Thursday, July, 22 at 6:30 p.m. (MDT) in Golden, Colo.
Every year, Mopar fans and racers descend on the Bandimere family’s picturesque drag strip, set 5,800 feet high in the Rocky Mountains. Mopar’s sponsorship of the event is the longest, continuous-running sponsorship in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.
"Bandimere Speedway is proud and honored to have Mopar call our track home," said John Bandimere Jr., President and CEO of Bandimere Speedway.
"Our unique venue and the forward-thinking people at Mopar make this one of the top fan experiences on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. We are eager to have our friends return to Denver for this long-running partnership."
Mopar-powered racers will attempt to duplicate recent successes at Mopar’s marquee event. NHRA Pro Stock Mopar Dodge Avenger driver Allen Johnson will seek to defend his 2009 event title. He’ll be joined by Mopar-fueled drivers in the professional and Sportsman classes, including NHRA Funny Car star Matt Hagan, who will sport a special Mopar paint scheme on his Dodge Charger R/T.
Mopar’s Direct Connection trailer will again take center stage on the Manufacturers Midway at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals. Special Mopar vehicles will be on display including the Ram 3500 Heavy Duty, a "Moparized" Dodge Challenger, Mopar Ram Runner and the Mopar Direct Connection Test Lab Vehicle—a Dodge Challenger converted into a performance parts development "mule." The Dodge Motorsports display rig will also be at Bandimere Speedway.
The Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals is scheduled to take place July 23–25 at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo. Qualifying coverage will air on Saturday, July 24, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD. Three hours of eliminations coverage will air on Sunday, July 25, beginning at 7 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD. For more information on the NHRA, log on to http://www.nhra.com.