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Old 07-25-2015, 08:51 PM   #1  
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The NHRA Announces Changes in Pro Stock.

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NHRA has announced a series of changes for the Pro Stock category designed to increase spectator appeal, make the class more relevant from a technology standpoint, and to enhance the overall pit experience for fans of the 200-mph factory hot rod class.

The changes will be mandated in two waves. Three changes will take effect at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals, July 31, 2015, while several others will not take effect until the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

The three changes that are effective at Sonoma are designed to increase spectator appeal and enhance the overall pit experience for fans.

NHRA will require teams to back their racecars into the pits and leave engines uncovered so that spectators have better accessibility to see the racecars and interact with the drivers and crew members. A new rule also will discontinue the practice of crew members standing beside the cars to hold them in place as they begin their burnouts. Finally, NHRA will make it mandatory for teams to create automobile manufacturer identification headers visible on the racecars’ windshields up to a maximum of 4.5-inches high, but not smaller than 4.25-inches.

Starting on Jan. 1, 2016, NHRA will require all Pro Stock teams to equip their cars with electronically-controlled throttle body fuel injection systems, making engines more relevant from a technology standpoint. In order to reduce and control costs for the race teams, an NHRA-controlled 10,500 Rev Limiter will be added to the fuel injection systems.

NHRA also will require Pro Stock teams to remove all hood scoops and reduce the length of the wheelie bars to a length specified by the NHRA Tech Department. Those changes are designed to make the racecar designs more relevant and to boost spectator appeal by increasing the unpredictability of the class through more “wheels up” launches from the starting line.

In addition, NHRA will work with new television partner FOX Sports to improve coverage and maximize exposure of the Pro Stock category through increased driver and team profiles and technical features, in addition to expanded on-track racing coverage.

“Pro Stock racing has a tremendous history with NHRA and proves each weekend by the close side-by-side finishes that it is one of the most competitive forms of racing in all of motorsports,” said Peter Clifford, NHRA president. “Through these changes we hope to provide a platform so the Pro Stock class can evolve from a technological standpoint, yet reconnect with its roots by generating more interest and appeal among spectators.”
http://www.nhra.com/story/2015/7/25/pro-stock-changes/


NOTE Fox has announced that they will televise 4 NHRA races on a regular Fox broadcast channel (OTA). All the other races will go on a cable Fox channel. (FS1)

http://www.foxsports.com/motor/story...in-2016-071415

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No hood scoops? The coolest thing about pro-stock is the look of the hood scoop on a stock looking body.

Wonder how long it will take for the teams to get the FI right.
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No hood scoops? The coolest thing about pro-stock is the look of the hood scoop on a stock looking body.

Wonder how long it will take for the teams to get the FI right.
The NHRA is trying to make Pro Stock - more stock looking. It should improve ETs.

Pro Mod has been using EFI for about 4 years so there is plenty of data.
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"boost spectator appeal by increasing the unpredictability of the class through more “wheels up” launches from the starting line."

I love the sport and all I've heard for years is safety, safety, safety and now I see increasing the unpredictability. Sounds like NHRA is trying to excite the crowd with more head-ons into the track wall in the first 100 foot. I may have missed the new rule about rear wheel steer in the Pro Stock cars. Kinda hard to steer without the wheels on the track.

I just watched as Tim Wilkerson's funny car got great grip out about 200 foot and lifted the front wheels. It might have excited the crowd quite a bit, but from Tim's radio comment he was more than a little excited.

I hope that I'm entirely wrong and this will not result in damaged vehicles, hurt drivers or spectators. We've seen in NASCAR that the car doesn't have to get in the stands -- just the parts.

I haven't heard where any of the drivers or owners were asked their opinion(s). Reminds me of the way the leaders of our nation feel about their population.
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"boost spectator appeal by increasing the unpredictability of the class through more “wheels up” launches from the starting line."

I love the sport and all I've heard for years is safety, safety, safety and now I see increasing the unpredictability. Sounds like NHRA is trying to excite the crowd with more head-ons into the track wall in the first 100 foot. I may have missed the new rule about rear wheel steer in the Pro Stock cars. Kinda hard to steer without the wheels on the track.

I just watched as Tim Wilkerson's funny car got great grip out about 200 foot and lifted the front wheels. It might have excited the crowd quite a bit, but from Tim's radio comment he was more than a little excited.

I hope that I'm entirely wrong and this will not result in damaged vehicles, hurt drivers or spectators. We've seen in NASCAR that the car doesn't have to get in the stands -- just the parts.

I haven't heard where any of the drivers or owners were asked their opinion(s). Reminds me of the way the leaders of our nation feel about their population.
What the NHRA is trying to do is bring Pro Stock back to it's roots when the class was created in 1970 as the next step after Super Stock which was and still is famous for it's wheel stand starts which fans have always loved.

The class has to evolve to grow. It's become boring. The cars all look the same and the race is decided in the first 10 feet. Yawn . . .

Two different animals; Funny Car and Pro Stock. 10,000 horsepower versus 1600 horsepower.
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