As a precursor to potential inclusion in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series in 2020, the NHRA has extended an invitation to North Carolina’s Galot Motorsports and its two ProCharger-boosted,
Hemi-powered race cars to take part in the upcoming Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. The Camaro’s, driven by Kevin Rivenbark and John Strickland, will make exhibition runs following the four scheduled qualifying rounds of Pro Modified. With proven, record-setting 1/8-mile performance under their belts, Galot and Pro Line Racing are making significant investment in time, parts, and resources to convert the cars to contesting the full 1/4-mile. With 1/4-mile hub dyno pulls complete, the cars will test next week in Virginia in preparation for the world’s most prestigious drag race over Labor Day weekend.
Official press release:
Galot Motorsports and Pro Line Racing are set to run both PLR Hemi ProCharged 1969 Camaros at the upcoming 65th NHRA Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis from August 28th to September 2nd.
“We’re so excited to showcase our latest development in NHRA Pro Mod. My team and our partnership with ProCharger have really delivered a combination that has proven to be not only fast and reliable but also flexible enough to run in both Pro Mod or radial trim with minimal changeover,” said Eric Dillard, Co-owner of Pro Line Racing. “It is the journey we hoped for and that’s why we have invested so much time, energy and money into it. From the moment the NHRA invited Galot Motorsports to put down some exhibition runs in Pro Mod and Galot accepted, we have been working to make sure that the ProCharged Camaros run well over the 1/4-mile”.
Pro Line Racing has built its reputation on its ability to work closely with customers and partners to deliver great on-track solutions. It is this willingness to not only deliver well, but to also understand how a race team will leverage the outcome that makes PLR different. So when the team at Pro Line Racing took an existing idea and developed an improved combination with ProCharger, “it was amazing to experience the results off the trailer in Texas,” Dillard states.
The event that Dillard refers to is the runner-up position earned during a Mid-West Pro Mod Series event, the Elite 16, where the team dropped into the 3.70s with Dillard behind the wheel and Steve Petty as crew chief. With more on-track tuning changes, Dillard stopped the clocks in just 3.67 seconds at over 200 mph, making the Camaro the quickest and fastest centrifugally supercharged racecar in the 1/8-mile doorslammer world at that time.
Kevin Rivenbark of Galot Motorsports stormed into the 3.50’s with the same combination when he won the coveted “Sweet 16” drag radial race on radial tires early in 2019, notching up another world record as the fastest centrifugally supercharged car on radials. “We believe that our ProCharged engines can be competitive in NHRA Pro Mod and really lift the program to the next level. We are always evolving,” Dillard concluded.
Galot Motorsports’ Kevin Rivenbark and John Strickland are looking forward to piloting the ProCharged Camaros at the most prestigious event of the 2019 NHRA season.