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LIVE VIDE0 - PRO TESTING AT LAS VEGAS

Catch all the action from this year's PRO (Professional Racers Organization) test session at the Strip in Las Vegas, starting Thursday January 30, 2020, and concluding on Saturday February 1. We will bring you all the action starting at 9 AM, and continuing until teams finish for the day. In between action, we will provide exclusive interviews, original CompetitionPlus.tv content and more. It's free to watch either here or by downloading our mobile app. 

Let's get ready for some drag racing action to kick off the 2020 season. 

JOHN FORCE RACING DOMINATES DAY TWO P.R.O. VEGAS TEST SESSION

 

John Force Racing dominated the second day of testing at the Professional Racers Organization annual preseason test, held this year at The Strip In Las Vegas. 

Sophomore racer Austin Prock (Top Fuel) and Robert Hight (Funny Car) posted the quickest runs.

Prock, the Auto Club Road to the Future award recipient for being the top running rookie of 2019, saved his best for last by blasting out only the second 3.6 lap of the event with a 3.682 elapsed time at 333.08 miles per hour. 

TOMMY JOHNSON JR. REMEMBERS JOHN ANDRETTI

 

News rippled through the drag-racing community Thursday that John Andretti, the popular IndyCar and NASCAR racer, passed away Thursday at age 56 after a long, courageous battle with colon cancer. Many fans remember seeing Andretti – son of Aldo Andretti, Mario’s twin brother – driving the Taco Bell Dragster that San Francisco Giants player Jack Clark owned and Andy Woods tuned. None of today’s racers remember Andretti and those days more so than Funny Car racer Tommy Johnson Jr.

“Yeah, getting to race against him when he came to the NHRA, it kind of struck up a friendship,” Johnson said this week as he prepared to make test passes at Las Vegas Motor Speedway before the season begins next weekend.

2020 TESTING IS LESS CHAOTIC FOR AUSTIN PROCK

 

Top Fuel racer Austin Prock said it feels satisfying to join his teammates in the full three days of PRO-sponsored preseason testing this year. Last year, he received full-season funding from Montana Brand and Rocky Mountain Twist literally a few days before the season began. The rig with his new dragster arrived from the Brownsburg, Ind., shop after his John Force Racing team had finished its preseason paces. This year he has the luxury of time and preparation and a sense of calm.

SCHUMACHER MENTORING ANTRON ON THE ROAD TO TEAM OWNERSHIP

 

Antron Brown’s move toward owning his own Top Fuel team has gathered a lot of interest, as well as questions about the structure of his deal and what it means for Don Schumacher Racing this year and in the future.  The current owner of the Matco Tools Dragster team, Don Schumacher, clarified some of the mystery while watching five of his teams in preseason testing at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“It’s a work in progress, and we’ll see how it progresses and transitions. It’s my team at this point, and I’m running the team and everybody works for DSR. All of that is still in place,” Schumacher said. “He has formed Antron Brown Motorsports, and I support that and am trying to help him work in that direction. His goals are beyond having just one Top Fuel car.”

BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP YIELDS RETURN FOR PAUL LEE

 

Some might wonder how part-time Funny Car owner-driver Paul Lee of Stringer Motorsports landed the high-profile Global Electronic Technology sponsorship that partnered with Shawn Langdon last season at Kalitta Motorsports and is teaming with the newly established Antron Brown Motorsports at Don Schumacher Racing.

It wasn’t much of a surprise for Lee. He is a longtime client of the service that Steve and Samantha Bryson own.

KALITTA OPENS 2020 WITH A BANG, LITERALLY

 

In his first pass of 2020, the supercharger on Doug Kalitta’s Mac Tools Dragster backfired. It was spectacular-looking, but that wasn’t exactly how he had hoped to start the year. And he knew exactly who to blame for the mishap.

But, as Jimmy Buffett sang in in his hit song “Margaritaville,” Kalitta could join in: “It’s my own damn fault.”

“Yeah, just kind of screwed up up there. One of those deals,” the 2019 Top Fuel runner-up to Steve Torrence said. “Double-stepped. So it was me.

DEJORIA-WORSHAM TEAM ROKiTS IN FIRST DAY VEGAS TESTING

 

One of the newly formed teams that has generated a buzz in the offseason took its place on the track among its peers, but the Alexis De Joria – Del Worsham team was not making its first passes of the offseason.

They had tested initially at Bakersfield, Calif., then in Arizona at Tucson.

DSR HAULER FIRE STARTED WITH PUNCTURED TIRE

 

Team owner Don Schumacher was on hand all day Thursday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, catching up with his drivers and crews, but the one driver he didn’t see on the opening day of testing was NAPA Dodge driver Ron Capps and the Rahn Tobler-led team. Capps reportedly is expected to be at the track here Friday, but the reason he’s not taking advantage of the PRO-hosted preseason is the hauler fire the crew encountered near Amarillo, Texas, on the way to Las Vegas earlier this week.

SALINAS TEAM TO SIT OUT FIRST FOUR EVENTS

 

Top Fuel owner-driver Mike Salinas delivered a bit of a surprise this week. His Scrappers Racing team, which includes Jasmine Salinas in Top Alcohol Dragster and Jianna Salinas in Pro Stock Motorcycle, will skip the first four races of the 2020 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

Citing business commitments involving his San Jose, Calif.-based companies, Mike Salinas said he will make his debut this season at the April 17-19 Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals at Baytown, Texas, near Houston.

His daughters would have started the season in March at the Gatornationals at Gainesville, Fla. But the entire Scrappers Racing fleet remains at the Brownsburg, Ind., shop, preparing for the start of their seasons at Houston Raceway Park.

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