In a move that may likely save and solidify the Pro Mod class in drag racing, owners and drivers have united to form a new association. The group will be called Real Pro Mod(RPM) and is being organized to help the class secure sponsorship in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) for the 2014 season and beyond.
The NHRA and Pro Mod class have struggled over the years to garner funding to market the Pro Mod class. To that end, the NHRA has stated they could not insure that the class would continue past this upcoming season.
The issue of survival became more apparent after the end of last season. The classes’ existence has often relied on sponsorship from car-owner Roger Burgess and his ProCare Rx and Get Screened America businesses. But he will not be supporting the series past the 2013 season.
In turn, the Pro Mod owners and drivers collectively have organized this new association for the expressed intent to give themselves more power over their own survival. Although these cars are some of the most amazing race vehicles on the planet, as a relatively new class (roughly two decades old), they’ve never established a strong foothold inside the NHRA itself.
The Pro Mod division is one of the most exciting classes in all of drag racing. The cars produce more than 3,000 horsepower and are the fastest and quickest doorslammers in all of motorsports, with top speeds approaching 260 mph and elapsed times in the five second range.
The Pro Mod schedule is abbreviated compared to other pro classes, competing in 10 events a year starting at the Gatornationals in March and ending the season in October at Las Vegas. Troy Coughlin (Jegs car at left) won the 2012 championship by a mere three points over Mike Castellana.
Real Pro Mod will have input on providing equality for the different rules within the class to offer more balanced and competitive racing. RPM hopes their association will provide more stability and is working with the NHRA to join efforts in securing funding while directing and guiding the class into the future.