A Coming Camaro Conspiracy!
In what may very well turnout to be one of the bigger drag racing news stories to come for 2015 – there will be a major new Nitro Funny Car consortium joining competition next season based from north of the 49th….
Edmonton’s Ryan Hodgson, who first made his 6.9 indexed class Funny Car debut during the 2013 season will be graduating to the nitro-burning category. Ryan will be the designated driver for a truly formidable new team which will be jointly fielded by his father Ron and also Western Canadian drag racing proponent and self-admitted “gear head” Harold Parfett (of Ace Manufacturing). And, especially important for the team, Canadian veteran Funny Car turner extraordinare Bob Papirnick will be the tuner and crew chief.
While we are still sworn to secrecy on many of the details at this time, we can confirm that the car will be the latest and the greatest from California’s Victory Race Cars and will in fact be clad by one of that companies newest products from it’s body division (Victory Composite) – and will be a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro model.
“This is going to be a big opportunity for me for sure,” said Ryan who recently celebrated his 17th wedding anniversary with his wife Jessica. “Just to be able to race more with my Dad is great, but then to be surrounded by such a group of friends and talented individuals is really something.”
Recently Ryan placed runner-up during the IHRA’s Rocky Mountain Nationals during that event’s 6.9 indexed Funny Car eliminator. He has been using that class as the most recent stepping stone to get to this career point.
“That class is a great training ground where I learned how to drive a Funny Car straight and properly,” he continued. “I got a lot of advice from other drivers and everyone on our team, but now I’m looking forward to the new challenge coming for next season.”
While further details on the car and the sponsorship packages for it are still to be announced — any and all speculation that everything will be done right – is pretty much guaranteed to be on the mark.
“This car will be very high tech — cutting edge from Victory,” Ryan winked. “It will be very trick and you know with my Dad and Bob involved everything will be the best. In all there years of racing, they have always had the nicest cars out there — because that’s the only way they know how to roll. Dad, Bob and Harold are all very forward thinkers and they have set in motion a plan and we are all scaling up for that.”
Right now it is likely that the car will see it’s first test sessions early next January with a scheduled competition debut during the fabled 2015 NHRA March Meet at Bakersfield.
Fans are encouraged to check back with DragRaceCanada – we will post updates on the project as and when they become available.
Post and Photos by: Bruce Biegler