Pre Season Testing

Teams Head to Florida

Larry Jewett - January 18, 2014 12:04 PM


Matt Hagan in 2013 action


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Don Schumacher Racing's seven teams went to West Palm Beach, Florida Monday to join other top NHRA teams for several days of extensive testing at Palm Beach International Raceway in preparation for the Feb. 7-9 Winternationals season-opener at Pomona, Calif., in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
The biggest changes at DSR since the 2013 season is the addition of popular veteran Tommy Johnson Jr. to the cockpit of the Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car in which Johnny Gray had driven the past three seasons.
The only crew chief change at DSR, which last year won 23 NHRA event titles, is at Jack Beckman's Valvoline Dodge where veteran tuner Rob Flynn joined DSR at the end of last year to lead the team.
Matt Hagan's Mopar Express Lane/Rocky Boots team is looking to pick up where they left off from last season. Hagan won a category best five titles including the season finale in Pomona, California. "We have a few new things in the works and a brand new chassis to try out so we're really looking forward to getting some laps under our belt this week," said Matt Hagan, driver of the Mopar Express Lane Funny Car. "The guys are working really hard and I'm just really excited to be back in a racecar."
The testing, which was closed to the public, concluded with annual PRO Winter Warm-up in South Florida, involving an expected 26 teams in Top Fuel and Funny Car. The event was a partnership between PBIR and PRO (Professional Racers Owners Organization).