Eight-time FIA Pro Stock champion Jimmy Alund will fly the Summit Racing Equipment colors in 2014 as he chases a historic ninth FIA Pro Stock championship.
Alund had returned to Sweden after substituting for Greg Anderson in his Summit Racing Camaro for the first five races of the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Ålund gathered not only qualifying and round points but capped of his 2014 season in the USA with a win at the 5th annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway, becoming being the first European driver to win a Wally in an NHRA professional class.
"I am stunned, these positive hits from Summit Racing keep coming," said Alund. "When the Summit Pro Stock racing team asked me to drive one of their cars it took me by complete surprise and last week Jim Greenleaf, Summit Racing’s Motorsports and Events Manager, called and politely asked if I would accept an associate sponsorship for 2014.
"The 2014 season has been a dream so far and to get to drive for such a legendary team sponsored by the finest business in the industry is a great honor. Add to that a sponsorship from Summit Racing for the European racing season... I'm at a loss for words."
“Jimmy Alund filled in for Team Summit’s Greg Anderson while the four-time NHRA Pro Stock champion recovered from heart surgery at the start of the 2014 season. Greg’s are big shoes to fill; and fill them Jimmy did,” said Greenleaf, Summit Racing’s Motorsports and Event Manager. “Summit Racing is very excited to extend the relationship as Jimmy competes in the 2014 FIA Drag Race Series in Europe. We’ve learned that the eight-time FIA Pro Stock Champion is very interested in American muscle cars. It’s a great fit!”
DiPinto International Logistics of Monroe Township, N.J., sponsoring Jim Dunn Racing to develop new business relationships. Race fans will begin to see the www.DiPintoIntl.com logo on the Hall of Fame team owner’s Funny Car beginning at the NHRA national event in Topeka, Kan.
The Jim Dunn Racing Grime Boss Dodge Funny Car, which campaigns in the NHRA Mello Yello series, will display the DiPinto International Logistics logo on the rear quarter-panel thru a business-to-business promotion that will introduce DiPinto to race fans in the northeastern U.S. that rely on daily warehousing and transportation needs.
“I grew up around drag racing and want to have customers connected to our company that are involved in the sport where we can do business together and generate support for the race team,” said Rob DiPinto, owner of DiPinto International Logistics. “We have 250,000 square feet of warehouse space located just 10 minutes from Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, and when the Jim Dunn Racing team comes to Englishtown, in a few weeks, we also hope to connect with fans that are certified drivers and can consider coming to work for our company, as we are in need of over-the-road drivers in the northeast.”
DiPinto International Logistics primarily serves customers within a 500 mile radius of their home base near the Jersey shore, which includes the states of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Connecticut through truckload and less-than-truckload transportation, as well as just-in-time delivery through warehouse and packaging programs that service daily customers in the northeast. DiPinto also operates at the ports of New York and New Jersey and specializes in full container drayage by providing door-to-door service to their worldwide customer base.
Jeff Arend, driver of the Jim Dunn Racing team, said, “I’ve known Rob with DiPinto for a while and thought since his company and the team both do business or have sponsors in the northeast, it would be a great opportunity to connect the two.”
On May 24, John Force Racing’s Traveling Road Show will be present at the 69th annual Visit Hendricks County Night Before the 500 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. The display will feature three historical 10,000 horsepower Ford Mustangs that were significant in making John Force Racing the winningest team in motorsports history.
“Events like this are why I put the Road Show together. We go all over the country spreading the gospel of NHRA and John Force Racing. You definitely want to be a part of all the events surrounding the Indy 500 and this event at Lucas Oil Raceway is one of the most historic. It’s older than me,” joked John Force.
“The city of Brownsburg which is in Hendricks County is a great partner and we want to see this area grow. I am investing in Brownsburg with new buildings and we are excited to be here. The Funny Cars that are on display in the Road Show are some of my favorites. We won lots of races and Mello Yello championships with these race cars for all our sponsors,” said 16-time Mello Yello Funny Car champion.
The Night Before the 500 tradition will feature the USAC Midget Series, Pro Mazda, and USF2000. Gates open at 2:00 pm along with access to the John Force Racing Road Show display, followed by racing at 7:40 pm.
Tickets are $25 for general admission and children 12 and under are free. You can buy tickets by calling 317-291-4090 or online at http://www.lucasoilraceway.com/apcm/templates/racedivisions.asp?articleid=54411&zoneid=95
Russ Collins, one of the leading motorcycle drag racers and drag bike builders of the 1960s and ‘70s, has died after a brave battle with cancer. He was 74.
Collins made scores of fans and earned the admiration of his fellow racers with a series of twin- and even triple-engine motorcycles that Collins rode. He was the first motorcyclist to break the seven-second barrier and a run he made in 1977 set a record that would stand for 11 years.
At 18, Collins bought his first motorcycle, a dilapidated 500cc Triumph, that he rebuilt and started riding on the street and, eventually, at dragstrips in his native New Jersey. He moved to California in 1964 and went to work in the burgeoning motorcycle business as service manager and mechanic at various shops in Los Angeles and quickly got into the Southern California drag racing scene. Collins’ first landmark bike was Honda’s revolutionary CB750 that he modified and on which he quickly began to set records. His homebuilt special exhaust system was the envy of Honda owners, and before long, he opened RC Engineering.
In 1971, he built a supercharged, fuel-injected Honda 750 he named the Assassin that he ultimately raced in Top Fuel but was at a huge displacement disadvantage compared to the big Harley-Davidsons and Triumphs. After experimenting with some double-engine designs, in 1973, Collins built a revolutionary, three-engine, Honda-based bike he dubbed Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe — named in honor of the famous railroad line of the late 1800s — that set numerous records. Collins rode it to the first seven-second quarter-mile turned on a motorcycle at the 1973 NHRA Supernationals in Ontario, Calif.
The bike was so powerful and heavy that it proved to be very hard to control, and in 1976, the bike was destroyed in an accident that landed Collins in the hospital, and while recuperating, he dreamed up his next monster creation — The Sorcerer, featuring dual Honda 1,000cc engines. This bike ran a record-setting 7.30, 199.55-mph run that stood for 11 years.
Collins continued to race motorcycles until the early 1980s, when he turned to drag racing Top Fuel cars for Bill Miller from the mid-1980s through the early 1990s.
Collins was inducted into the American Motorcycle Association Hall of Fame in 1999.
Collins is survived by his wife of 33 years, Deanie; sons Russell Jr. and David; daughters Tracy and Debbie; nine grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.
Services are pending. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Wounded Warriors.