INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Jul 28, 2022 — (Motor Sports NewsWire) — In an effort to bolster the class, improve participation and drive innovation, NHRA officials have announced the addition of an A/Fuel engine program to the Top Alcohol Funny Car class starting in the 2023 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
The Top Alcohol Funny Car class features some of the best drivers in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, with cars capable of reaching speeds in excess of 270 mph and covering the quarter mile in under 5.4 seconds.
With the addition of the A/Fuel (nitromethane injected) engine program to the class, NHRA aims to increase class participation and provide drivers and race teams with another viable, efficient option to drive in the exciting category.
NHRA officials have released a full ruleset for the new combination, which can be viewed at NHRARACER.com.
“We are very excited to introduce the A/Fuel engine program to Top Alcohol Funny Car in 2023,” said Josh Hamming, chairman of the NHRA Technical Services/Top Alcohol Rules Committee. “This is something we’ve been working on for a number of years and it’s all about building new enthusiasm and a sustainable business model for the category. We think there will be a lot of interest right away, it will lower costs for interested teams and we’d like to see this class continue to grow.
“The rules committee came up with a set of rules that would allow racers to enter the class and be competitive, but not dominate. We will evaluate the performance from the start and adjust if necessary.”
Prior to the announcement, NHRA officials worked closely with teams, drivers, team owners and NHRA division directors to develop an A/Fuel engine program that is economically efficient for interested participants. As an added benefit, the rules and opportunities offered by the injected nitro combination can also serve as a viable path for drivers, teams and crew members to eventually progress to the nitro Funny Car class in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series .
“We wanted to come up with an option that is more efficient for teams,” said NHRA vice president of competition, Ned Walliser. “We are confident there will be significant savings over the course of a full season with the A/Fuel program. The ruleset also allows teams to purchase bodies, chassis, engine parts and other items from nitro teams, allowing for significant cost reductions.
“It will also be a better stepping stone for drivers, crew chiefs and crew members if their goal is to race in nitro Funny Car. That is a major development and we are happy about it. Our goal is to continue to build participation at every level and this addition to Top Alcohol Funny Car should only help with that.”
Drivers in the Top Alcohol Funny Car class were also enthusiastic about the decision to add A/Fuel to the category, believing it will contribute to success and long-term viability. It also remains a major class that tracks can promote at regional and divisional events of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
“I think it will be a good thing for our class and it’s a step in the right direction to increase participation,” said Doug Gordon, Top Alcohol Funny Car 2020 World Champion. ideas are coming to add more cars to the class I’m looking forward to it I want fields of 16 cars and I want to fight for the win against a full field.
“By introducing the A/Fuel program, I think it will help someone jump into one of these cars and be competitive right away, and that will bring more people to the class. I think it will be a good addition to be.”
NHRA, headquartered in San Dimas, California, is the premier sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 22 national events with the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon, Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown and Top Fuel Harley Series. NHRA offers competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and NHRA Street Legal. NHRA also offers the NHRA Jr. Teen Street Program and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for young people aged 5 to 17. With over 120 Member Tracks, NHRA allows racers to compete in various locations at home and abroad. NHRA’s Youth and Education Services (YES) program reaches more than 30,000 students annually to spark their interest in automotive and racing-related careers. NHRA’s streaming service, NHRA.tv, allows fans to watch all NHRA national events, as well as exclusive features of the sport. In addition, NHRA owns and operates three racing facilities: Gainesville Raceway in Florida; Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park; and Auto Club Raceway in Southern California’s Pomona. For more information, log in to www.NHRA.comor visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
Source: National Hot Rod Association