Craig Sullivan has been actively involved in motorsports since he was sixteen years old. In the midst of preparing for the 2016 NHRA and PDRA season, Craig finds himself pursing the sport of drag racing with the same tenacity that drove him as a teenager. The 2015 season for Sullivan proved to be a successful one by qualifying number one twice within the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Top Dragster category and finishing third overall in the world standings.
“Of course, American Race Cars has been very good to us. Our engine program is by Tony Bischoff at BES Race Engines and we have the fastest Ford nitrous car in the country. Induction Solutions does the nitrous on our car. Hyperactive Performance Solutions helps tune and maintain our EFI program, using a FuelTech FT500 system. Renegade Racing Fuels, LAT Racing Oil, and Abruzzi Transmission and Converters are a few of our great partners. Mickey Thompson has been a big backer with the R&D that they’ve done with the 3195 tire. It’s put us ahead of the competition, and Mickey Thompson has been able to gain market share in the Top Dragster category with how fast we’ve been with the car and how consistent it is,” stated Sullivan.
With always having the desire to go faster, 2016 will bring a first for the drag racing veteran. Sullivan will field a supercharged Pro Modified Dodge Daytona at all PDRA National Events and select NHRA Pro Mod events. This will test the skills of Craig and his team, but he is always up for the challenge and will be ready to compete for a world championship again in Top Dragster and a first in Pro Mod.
Never wanting to just “blend in” with the rest of the crowd, Craig wanted something that would set him apart in the Pro Mod field and that is what he did by purchasing Chip King’s former Dodge Daytona and turning to Chris Davis at Kryptonite Kustomz for the graphic design. “I didn’t want just another Camaro or Mustang when I made the decision to go Pro Mod racing in 2016, and when I decided to buy the Daytona it was a no-brainer to make this a Richard Petty-themed car.” Four different companies submitted renderings, but in the end, it was Kryptonite Kustomz that stood out from the rest and has made this car into a true work of art.
Attracting nearly 35,000 attendees, the Performance Racing Industry Show couldn’t be a better time to unveil Craig Sullivan Motorsports’ Dodge Daytona at the Kryptonite Kustomz display (booth 5056) on Friday, December 11th at 10:30 a.m. “I’m excited to show off this car for all of our sponsors that helped put this thing together, my friends and family, and for Chris Davis, who just exceeded my expectations with how the design turned out. Renderings and pictures just don’t do this thing justice and it is something that you have to see for yourself,” stated Sullivan.
“Along with the unveiling at PRI, we are happy to announce that we have teamed up with Derrick Beach and Beach Marketing Solutions to undergo a complete rebranding over the offseason. Sponsor activation is at the top of our list as we want to represent our current marketing partners and new ones in the best ways possible. John Treesh had been brought onboard to be our full-time crew member, with an extensive background in motorsports, ranging from Stock Eliminator to Competition Eliminator.” “I’m really excited about this opportunity that Craig has given me and I think we’re going to be able to make things happen in 2016, as we have set high goals to accomplish,” stated Sullivan. Joe Oplowski from Hyperactive Performance will also help with tuning and Chad Crawford will handle the superchargers.
Story and photos courtesy Craig Sullivan Motorsports