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Mopar Garage at North American International Auto Show

Mopar Garage at North American International Auto Show

Walls of Mopar Accessories for Dodge Dart, Fiat 500 and SRT Viper

  • 1,015 sq.-ft. garage and more than 300 quality-tested Mopar performance parts and accessories
  • Exhibit to feature full line of Mopar custom, commercial-grade cabinetry and toolboxes

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Mopar drivers Allen Johnson and Jack Beckman win NHRA World Championships

Mopar drivers Allen Johnson and Jack Beckman win NHRA World Championships

  • Johnson Punctuates Championship with Seventh Win of the Season; Beckman Claims Funny Car Crown with Mopar Power at NHRA Finals
  • Johnson caps his championship season with his first career win at the historic Pomona venue
  • Mopar-powered Dodge driver Jack Beckman captures NHRA Funny Car crown, gives Mopar a pair of 2012 NHRA championships
  • Beckman edges out follow Mopar-powered driver Ron Capps by two points in one of the closest Funny Car title fights in history
  • In Mopar’s 75th anniversary year, Mopar-powered drivers captured 10 wins in each of the Pro Stock and Funny Car classes

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The 33rd Annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals will kick-off Today!

The 33rd Annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals will kick-off Today!

  • Mopar hosts longest continuous-running sponsorship in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series
  • Allen Johnson aims for sixth straight final-round appearance at Bandimere Speedway in Pro Stock, fourth career win at Thunder Mountain
  • Jeg Coughlin Jr. chases third Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals Pro Stock win
  • Defending Funny Car champion Matt Hagan to carry special Mopar graphics
  • Mopar Big Block Party to jump start Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals

July 16, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – The past, present and future of Mopar will be celebrated near Denver, Colo., as the brand hosts the 33rd Annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo., July 20–22.

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  • Celebrity race features talented collection of drivers from across the spectrum of Dodge Motorsports’ disciplines competing in identical Dodge Viper ACR-X spec cars
  • Event at Utah’s Miller Motorsports Park raises $18,000 for various charities
  • One-hour special race broadcast kicks off 11 straight weeks of 2011 Dodge Viper Cup series action on Versus

October 5, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Dodge Motorsports is offering race fans an exciting change of pace during the prime Sunday mid-afternoon viewing slot.

Airing at 3 pm (EDT) Sunday, Oct. 9, on Versus is the first-ever “Dodge Viper Celebrity Challenge.” The unique one-race event was held April 13 at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, and featured an impressive lineup of competitors from numerous forms of racing – all united under the Dodge Motorsports and Mopar® banners.

Leading the list of participating drivers was automotive legend and Penske Racing team owner Roger Penske, making a rare appearance behind the wheel. Penske hasn’t driven competitively since the mid-1960s following his being named the Sports Car Club of America Driver of the Year by Sports Illustrated. Joining their team owner in the “Dodge Viper Celebrity Challenge” were Penske Racing and NASCAR superstars Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski and Sam Hornish Jr.

Also participating were Robbie Gordon, driver and team owner of Speed Energy Racing; NHRA pro stock driver Allen Johnson; Hart and Huntington Racing team owner Carey Hart and his AMA Supercross rider Ivan Tedesco; Formula Drifter and TORC driver Samuel Hubinette; Viper factory driver Kuno Wittmer; Viper road-course racing driver/instructor Cindi Lux; monster truck pilot Mark Hall; and ARCA Series racer Maryeve Dufault.

Filling out the racing field were event host Ralph Gilles, President and CEO – SRT® and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC; Dodge Motorsports engineer Matt Bejnarowicz and Viper Cup series drivers Connie Bogan, Jeff Courtney, Jason Daskalos, Eric Galerne, Brad Gorrondona, Billy Gropp, Ted Hughes, Todd Nelson and Fred Roberts.

“This was truly a once in-a-lifetime collaboration for us at Dodge Motorsports and Mopar,” Gilles said. “Seeing the diverse driving talent on the track was incredible and showed the passion and dedication our group of drivers has for the Chrysler Group and our various racing efforts.”

The 24 participants for the “Dodge Viper Celebrity Challenge” were divided into 12 two-person teams. Single qualifying lap times by each of the two drivers were averaged together to determine the order for the standing start.

Teams then plotted their best driver rotation for the 50-minute timed race.

Once the green flag waved, the on-track competition was intense as 12 identically prepared, 640-horsepower Dodge Viper ACR-X spec cars began to speed around the 2.24-mile Miller Motorsports Park layout.

Halfway through the 50-minute race, each team conducted a mandatory timed pit stop and driver change.

“I can’t say enough about the generosity and mutual respect shown by each and every participant in the ‘Dodge Viper Celebrity Challenge,’ Gilles added. “I’m proud to share the same common thread of being racers at heart that can take the time out to not only come together and compete on the same stage, but also raise money for worthy charity causes.”

The following charitable donations were made by the top-three finishing teams:

  • Haiti Rescue Effort – $5,000
  • National Breast Cancer Coalition – $5,000
  • Shriners Hospital – $3,000
  • Tarrant Area Foodbank, Fort Worth, Texas – $3,000
  • Children’s Rare Disease Network – $1,000
  • National Breast Cancer Foundation – $1,000
  • The airing of the “Dodge Viper Celebrity Challenge” on Oct. 9 kicks off 11 straight weeks (through Dec. 18) of Dodge Viper Cup series coverage on Versus. All broadcasts begin on the subsequent Sundays at 3 p.m. Eastern.

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