The 60th instalment of the Chevrolet Performance-sponsored NHRA U.S. Nationals will kick off this weekend at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. The six-day event is the largest and most prestigious in professional drag racing and makrs the end of the Mello Yellow Drag Racing Series’ regular season.
Seven of the top ten drivers in the NHRA Pro Stock class drive Chevrolets, which includes the two leaders, Jason Line and Erica Enders-Stevens. The quickest cars in Pro Stock will cover the quarter-mile in just 6.5 seconds at a trap speed of up to 210 mph.
“Every drag racer’s dream is to win the U.S. Nationals, and many have relied on Chevrolet power over the past six decades in pursuit of that dream,” said General Motors’ vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsport, Jim Campbell. “Jason Line and Erica Enders-Stevens are putting Chevrolet on top of the Pro Stock field, right where it belongs,” said Campbell.
Apart from the Pro Stock class, Chevrolet also fields its COPO Camaro racecar in the lower Stock Eliminator and Super Stock categories. Hundreds of other Chevrolets and Chevy-powered cars will also compete for wins in their respective classes at the Nationals.
Chevy is currently first in the NHRA Manufacturers Cup point standings, with 4,740 points to Ford’s 4,400. Chevrolet has earned the NHRA Manufacturers title 19 times since the organization first handed it out in 1964, which is more than any other manufacturer.
Coverage of this year’s event will be extensive, with ESPN2 and ESPN2HD airing the event for 12 straight hours, including six hours of qualifying on Aug. 31 and six hours of eliminations on Monday, Sept. 1.