Pair Of Pro Stock Champions To Drive With EFI Mopar HEMI® Power

Pair Of Pro Stock Champions To Drive With EFI Mopar HEMI® Power

Words by JEGS and FCA Communications

A pair of champions will team up and carry the Mopar banner in 2016, as back-to-back NHRA Pro Stock champ Erica Enders and five-time overall Pro Stock title winner Jeg Coughlin Jr. will lead the charge for the brand in the popular factory hot rod class. The combination of Elite Motorsports teammates Enders and Coughlin steering fuel-injected, HEMI®-powered Dodge Dart cars puts winners of the past three NHRA Pro Stock World Championships under the Mopar banner.

In the NHRA Funny Car class, Mopar and Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) will extend one of the most successful and longest-running partnerships in the sport. Two-time NHRA Funny Car champion Matt Hagan will once again pilot the flagship Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car.

“The Mopar brand is excited to announce that two proven champions, Erica Enders and Jeg Coughlin Jr., will fly the Mopar colors in the NHRA Pro Stock class next season,” said Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA – Global. “We couldn’t ask for greater competitors or brand ambassadors to represent us at the drag strip. We’re also very proud to once again partner with Don Schumacher Racing and work together to bring home a fourth NHRA Funny Car crown in six years.”

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Defending and two-time champ Enders, who competed in a Mopar-powered car in 2006-2007, will chase a third consecutive title behind the wheel of her new Mopar Performance Dodge Dart GT NHRA Pro Stock car for Elite Motorsports.

Enders didn’t lose a step after breaking through for six wins and her first Pro Stock crown in 2014, stringing together one of the most impressive seasons in Pro Stock history with nine victories, 11 final-round appearances and six No. 1 qualifier spots on her road to the 2015 overall title.

The nine wins by Enders, a 32-year-old from Houston, Texas, who now lives in New Orleans with her husband, fellow Pro Stock driver Richie Stevens, broke the single-season mark of victories by a female racer, set by Angelle Sampey in 2001 with seven wins. Enders’ total of 21 career victories ranks 39th on the NHRA all-time win list and just second among women, trailing only Sampey’s 41 wins.

“We’re entering a new era of Pro Stock and it’s going to be awesome to take a new Mopar-powered Dodge Dart into 2016 and beyond,” said Enders, who began her career at age eight racing half-scale Junior Dragsters, with her childhood racing story featured in the 2003 Disney Channel movie Right on Track. “We won the last two championships with carburetors and now the goal is to win the first one with fuel injection. The Dart Pro Stock cars look awesome and I’m already very familiar with Mopar because I’ve driven for them in the past. It’s an honor and a privilege to represent them moving forward, along with my teammate Jeg Coughlin Jr.”

Teaming up with Enders in the new Pro Stock era of fuel injection and scoop-free hoods is a driver who has already placed himself among the legends of the sport and who is also no stranger to the Mopar brand. Coughlin clinched his most recent of five Pro Stock championships driving a Mopar-powered Dodge Dart in 2013.


Coughlin will man the “Magneti Marelli Offered by Mopar” Elite Motorsports Dodge Dart GT NHRA Pro Stock car in 2016, looking to add even more milestones to a Hall of Fame career that includes 76 victories, with 58 in Pro Stock, good enough for fourth all-time in the class.

Coughlin is the first and only driver to score wins in seven NHRA classes (Pro Stock, Comp, Top Dragster, Super Gas, Super Stock, Stock and Super Comp), the only driver in NHRA history to win in four different classes in the same season (1997, Pro Stock, Super Stock, Super Gas, and Comp) and the only driver in the pro ranks to win from every qualifying position, No. 1 to No. 16.

“The 2016 season is a turning point for the NHRA and the Pro Stock class,” said Coughlin, a Delaware, Ohio, native who raced a Mopar-powered Pro Stocker in 2005 and 2012-2014. “We’re really looking forward to the upcoming challenges.  We are fortunate to have great partners with Mopar and the Magneti Marelli brands, Elite Motorsports, JEGS and Stockseth Racing. It will be a great next chapter in our careers.

“Also, I am looking forward to working beside one of the greatest drivers in the NHRA, Erica Enders, and the greatest crew, including Rick and Rickie Jones, Mark Ingersoll and Brian ‘Lump’ Self, all talented and championship-proven crew chiefs. It will be a great year for the entire Elite Motorsports team.”

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10 thoughts on “Pair Of Pro Stock Champions To Drive With EFI Mopar HEMI® Power

  1. jerry z

    Sorry still doesn’t change the fact they still look like spaceships just now without the hood scoop. Until they start looking like actual cars, I have no interest in seeing them.

  2. Chevy Hatin' Mad Geordie

    Sorry to disagree – they look awesome without those hideously over-sized hood scoops and Chrysler should seriously consider making street versions with that stunning extended trunk lid – especially if they made a Ramchargers tribute car.

    1. Jerry Lundegaard

      Are you paying attention to what the big three are doing? The factory hot rod has made a comeback…..and, they look nothing like a pro stock bubble. They are just a race car version of the stock bodied car. Bring pro stock back to the days of “what wins on Sunday, sells on Monday.” The modern day pro stock car is not relevant anymore and will eventually die.

  3. trailerqueen73

    The big three offer throwback cars like the Camaro, Mustang , HellCat use those for the class! They use the Camaro but that’s all you basically see in the class!

  4. PJ

    Of course they use the Dart body. I know when I think sports car, muscle car, factory hotrod the crappy little econo box fiat sure pops into my head first. Getting rid of the scoops is good. How about make them a relevant representation of the cars the manufacturers sell. I’d rather watch a mustang, challenger, charger, Camaro, corvette, pickup truck anything run than the econo box pos they are going to run.
    The excuse is likely well we run the mustang/Camaro/challenger in funny car. Well ummmm no you don’t, you run generic sticker packages on a racecar body that’s only identified by the sponsor stickers.
    Take the stickers off and you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference between John force, matt hagans, fast Jacks or any other funny car. They are all the same.
    Pro-mod is the only class that has variety, and some resemblance to something on the road. New or old. Wake up NHRA, prostock is arguably one of the tightest most exciting classes in the world, its just covered in a boring cover of shitty cars.

  5. russell

    Pro Stock is farcical at best. aero blobs missing a hood scoop as mentioned in these comments. Pro stock cars in the beginning were not that far removed from their show room counterparts. This needs to happen once again. Either way I no longer have an interest in NHRA style drag racing and am not alone in this thought. NHRA shot themselves in the foot a long time ago. Its not if the brand dies its when.

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