WYNNEWOOD, Okla. (Dec. 31) — Five-time Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr.'s brand-new Magneti Marelli/JEGS Dodge Dart is just about finished at RJ Racecars in Galesburg, Ill., which is allowing NHRA fans the first peek at what the new electronic fuel injection configuration will look like in the year ahead.
"It's a pretty dramatic change to see the hood of a Pro Stock car without that big hood scoop we've had for so many years but it sure is a slick-looking design," Coughlin said. "Then you get a look under the hood and see the intakes and how it all attaches to the top of the motor and you really start understanding that we're in a brand-new era.
"Personally, I can't wait to drive this thing. I know all the fellas at Elite Motorsports have been going 'round the clock to figure out how we're going to run these cars, and I know everyone in the class will be on a huge learning curve but it'll be fun."
Rick Jones of RJ Racecars, who tunes back-to-back world champion Erica Enders when he's not building cars, also is close to finishing Enders' Elite Motorsports/Mopar Dodge Dart. The group plans to test both race cars as soon as possible.