PLR 2014 Year in Review

December 22, 2014

PLR 2014 Year in Review

2014 was a huge year for our customers. Some of them debuted new race cars and engine combinations, some set world records and personal bests, and some won championships! Here are some that come to mind...

Earlier this year, Jim Bell debuted his new JBRC Camaro for competition in NHRA, PDRA, and other Pro Mod races. Bell's new Pro Mod was instantly a fan favorite and a success on the track. He went on to win Legal Pro Mod at the Street Car Super Nationals race in St. Louis and Shakedown at the Summit. Bell has big plans for 2015, he will be teaming up with fellow Pro Mod driver, Kevin Fiscus. Bell will drive the Camaro and Fiscus will drive Jim's Mustang which is undergoing repairs and an engine swap!

Another member of team Proline Canada, Frank Pompilio, unveiled a new PLR 481X powerplant in his 65' Outlaw 10.5 Mustang! They went on to win the Outlaw 10.5 class at the Shakedown at Norwalk.

The Moits Racing team, out of Australia, certainly made made a statement with their brand new TMRC Outlaw Pro Mod Mustang! Paul Mouhayet drove the PLR 481X-powered Mustang to a new Pro Boost world record at the PDRA Martin race, and the doorslammer MPH record (273mph) at the Street Car SuperNationals in Las Vegas!

X275 racer, Shawn Ayers, completely overhauled his old combination and went with the new PLR X275 LS engine with the new FuelTech FT500 EFI System. Ayers and crew finished the season strong by running a 4.47/160mph and a runner-up performance at the Huntsville Radial Fest!

The FuelTech FT500 was also installed on Larry Larson's S10 built for Drag Week! HOT ROD Drag Week is the event where quarter-mile racers compete in time trials at four different drag strips five times in five days, driving their competition vehicles on public highways from track to track without the assistance of a support vehicle. Larson didn't win drag week, but he completely annihilated the world record which was in the 6.40's to the 1/4 mile. Running a 6.16/219mph on the last day of drag week was shocking, but witnessing Larson and crew going 5.95/244mph was EPIC! He will always be the first to the 5's

"Big Daddy" DeWayne Mills , driver of the Golden Gorilla drag radial Camaro had a great year! Mills won NMCA Radial Wars races in St Louis, Norwalk, and Indy! He set the NMCA Radial Wars world record for ET (4.088) and MPH (197.51) He and his hard working crew also had a big victory at the Throwdown at T'Town.

Early this year the Q80 Racing Team debuted their brand new JBRC Pro Extreme Camaro. With help from the PLR 481X and Precision Turbo's Gen2 98's, this car was the first turbo car to the 3.60's and the 3.50's! Turky Al Zafiri piloted the Q80 Camaro to the doorslammer 1/4 mile record at St Louis, running 5.46/272mph. He went on to take the Outlaw Pro Mod win there and at SCSN Las Vegas. Keep an eye out for the Q80 Racing Team as they plan to unveil their new Racecraft-built Super Street Mustang for competition in the Arabian Drag Racing League in Qatar in January of 2015!

The El General Racing Team quickly set the 1/8th mile turbo doorslammer E.T. and MPH records earlier this year. At PDRA Rockingham, they went 3.56/221.05mph! El General also had a very strong showing at the Street Car Supernationals in Las Vegas, taking the runner-up spot in Outlaw Pro Mod running 5.50's to the 1/4 mile!

Troy Coughlin had another successful NHRA Pro Mod season in 2014. After winning big at Norwalk, Coughlin took a victory in Charlotte and qualified #1 in St Louis. He and the crew finished 2nd in the NHRA Pro Mod standings at the end of the season. Steve Petty won the 2014 Crew Chief of the Year award at the awards ceremony.

In Outlaw 10.5 action, Steve Gorman stamped himself into the history books by winning the Mickey Thompson Outlaw 10.5 Championship! Winning races at MIR, E'Town, Cecil County, and ATCO helped Gorman and crew achieve championship status!

Keith Berry's Radial Corvette had the new FuelTech FT500 on-board this season. Berry and Woooo! Nation had a lot to be proud of this year! Berry won big in Atlanta and Joliet, which eventually led to an NMCA Radial Wars Championship! After we witnessed him run a 3.97 during a test session in Bradenton, we'd guess that Keith has the potential to win it again!

That's not every one of our customers and their achievements for the year, but it's a long list and we have a great deal of pride for our racers. We feel lucky to be a part of their programs and look forward to 2015. New Year = new records and new achievements.