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Team press release
June 5, 2011. Ron Beauchamp Jr. and the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge team looked to build on their successes at the road racing events from 2010 at round number two of the NASCAR Canadian Tire series this past weekend at Circuit ICAR north of Montreal, Quebec. But it turned into a weekend of difficulty for Team Mopar.
When practice began on the difficult 2.11 mile fifteen turn road circuit set on the runways and taxiways of Mirabel airport Beauchamp went out looking to get the feel of the course. Unfortunately after running just a little wide the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge caught the rumble stripes at the edge of the track and was pulled into the guard rail. The repairs would occupy most of the practice time allotted and set the team back in their schedule. Ã¢â‚¬Å“That really hurt usÃ¢â‚¬Â said Beauchamp. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get much time in practice and the car wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t to our liking in qualifying so we made some big changes for the raceÃ¢â‚¬Â he added.
Beauchamp would qualify the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge in the nineteenth spot for the Sunday afternoon race. When the green flag dropped as always Ron Jr. looked for opportunities to gain positions. Ã¢â‚¬Å“With it being such a tight course and starting mid pack it was really hard to make much progressÃ¢â‚¬Â explained Beauchamp. Ã¢â‚¬Å“But as the race went on we picked up some spots and our day was looking pretty goodÃ¢â‚¬Â he added.
That’s right, Big Daddy Don Garlits is returning to the drag strip! Instead of campaigning a 300 mph monster though, Garlits has chosen to run a 2009 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak in the A/Stock Automatic class at the US Nationals, beginning tomorrow at OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis. His production based racer carries the same colors he used way back in 1963 when he raced a ’63 Dodge Max Wedge drag package car on his way to becoming a drag racing legend.
Not only will this provide some incredible sales incentive for the Mopar folks, but Big Daddy’s wife approves!
Chrysler’s press release is after the break
According to Chrysler’s media only blog, The Firehouse, the dealer network is being hit hard with orders for the much anticipated new Challenger SRT8. Day one for ordering was Monday, when more than 4,300 Mopar fans plunked down their deposits. As of now, that number has risen to over 6,000 deposits.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“This is unprecedented,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Mark Mallie, Challenger Brand Manager Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Dodge Marketing. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Customers were actually coming to us and pushing us, so we thought this was a good time to take pre-sale orders.Ã¢â‚¬Â
We’re always looking for great content to share with our readers here in The Garage. Recently, we’ve been speaking with the folks at Muscle Car News about helping to spread the word about their mag. If we can help out some fellow Canucks and score some new content at the same time, we are more than happy to oblige.
Today’s spotlight on a 1970 Road Runner was written by Bill Holder with photos by Phil Kunz
High performance and low cost were Plymouth’s design goals for a brand-new model in 1968. The company believed that the time was right for a factory hot rod for the youth market, and its guess was right on the money. It would have the macho name of Road Runner. It was also a very “B Body” budget-friendly machine which made it another very important reason for purchasing. The high cost ruled out many of the muscle cars of the era.
While putting together yesterday’s Carnival of Wheels, I came across a well written post by Wenchypoo with a bunch of used car buying tips. While I agreed with most of her suggestions, one sorta stuck in my craw:
One more thing that might sway a car purchase: parts for imported cars are more expensive than domestic modelsÃ¢â‚¬â€the parts as well as the cars have to be imported, and this takes time and money (namely yours).
The last few days have been a bit challenging, as Mamma G has been quite sick. We spent today at the hospital, only to receive a diagnosis that involved a pair of shrugged shoulders. I wanted to write when we got home, but didn’t really know what to write about. I thought it might help if I found some cool photos to look at. One of the first places I looked was Positive Ape Index, the house of Coop. He always has something cool going on. What I found was this driveway full of Coop’s toys.
It seems that Coop had a rough day a few days ago too and he found some solace in the enjoyment of his cars. Lately, I’ve spent a fair bit of time envying other people’s rides. Whether it’s the work of our west coast guy Aaron Von Minden, or Coop or any of the many other fine characters I come across in my work here in The Garage. Maybe it has something to do with my impending 40th birthday and some of the identity issues that I’ve had lately.
The Mopar folks put on a strong showing at AutoFest this year. From a Dodge Power Wagon army truck, to an R/T Cuda and Hemi powered Rat Rods, there was all sorts of cool stuff.
More pics after the break