ST. LOUIS (Sept. 27) -- Two-time Pro Mod world champion Troy Coughlin will be the first to tell you he dodged a big bullet at the last J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series event two weeks ago in Charlotte when he inexplicably lost in the first round yet kept his championship hopes very much alive when title rival Mike Castellana exited one session later.

"It could have been a walkaway for Mike but he ran into a tough opponent Round 2 when he raced Jonathan Gray so we're still in the hunt," Coughlin said. "I don't think anyone is surprised Jonathan is running so well. He's got Rickie Smith tuning that car and they're going gangbusters, for sure. It's a good thing they haven't run all year or they may be the ones we are all chasing at this point."

The unexpected turn of events for the two most dominant cars in the class left Coughlin just 48 points, or a little more than two rounds of racing action, behind Castellana with two races left in the season, including this weekend's sixth annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park.

"We still need Mike to get beat early and we need to go a round or two more on race day to tighten this thing up for the finale in Las Vegas," Coughlin said. "They definitely should out-qualify us with recent rule changes and the weather we're expecting this weekend, so it'll be the work we do on race day that'll ultimately put us over the top.

"The good news is that even though we lost a bunch of horsepower with that unexpected rule change, we've still got a fighter jet here with our twin-turbo Chevrolet Corvette C7. We plan to go as hard as we can every single round, including during qualifying, and we will not quit until it's over."

Coughlin has one victory (Bristol) and four runner-up finishes (Charlotte 1, Englishtown, Norwalk and Indianapolis) in the Pro Mod class this year. Additionally, he is the defending event champion of this race. He also won here in 2012, a crucial race in his...
Entering the weekend just 28 points out of the championship lead in the J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series, Troy Coughlin was hoping a big result at zMax Dragway would propel him to the lead by the end of the 10th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals.

Instead, Coughlin was nipped by a scant five-thousandths of a second in Saturday's first round of eliminations by veteran Mike Janis, who eked out a tiny holeshot win that allowed him to cross the finish line a few inches ahead of Coughlin's twin-turbo Chevrolet Corvette C7.

"Mike and his crew over there have done a good job and they've been testing a lot during the break," Coughlin said. "We haven't seen them at the tracks we've visited but he's been out there testing his car somewhere and it's definitely showing this weekend. He made some good runs this race, including just now, so hats off to him for sure."

Racing from the No. 12 spot, Coughlin posted his best run of the weekend against Janis, leaving with a great .020-second reaction time and running a strong 5.873 at 253.80 mph. But Janis was better off the tree with a stellar .011-second light that gave him enough of a lead to hold off Coughlin's hard-charging car and win with a slightly slower 5.879 at 247.66 mph.

"We came out swinging pretty hard this weekend but adjusting to the latest rule change we ended up having some rough qualifying runs early on," Coughlin said. "Steve (Petty, crew chief) and the guys put a tune-up in it today and got the car going in the right direction. We ran quick enough this morning to get in the field and we really felt at that point we had something to capitalize on and we did, picking up a little bit more in the first round. Unfortunately, we needed just a little bit more oomph."

Adding to the pain of the loss was the fact points leader Mike Castellana survived the first round despite running a 6.000 at 246.84 mph when his opponent, Khalid alBalooshi, spun out of control and had to abort his run.

Now Coughlin has...
Two-time J&A Service Pro Mod Series world champion Troy Coughlin Sr., driver of the Chevrolet C7 Corvette Pro Mod, raced to the final round of eliminations Labor Day at the 63rd annual running of the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway
at Indianapolis.

En route to the final round, Coughlin, the No. 2 qualifier (5.743 seconds at 258.76 mph), powered his twin-turbo Corvette to wins over Jim Whiteley, Jonathan Gray, and Rickie Smith respectively.

n the final round, Coughlin went to battle with Brazilian Sidnei Frigo. Coughlin's bright yellow race car struggled to get traction almost immediately, which let Frigo get the win light, 9.079, 122.76 to 6.318, 203.68.

"We had a fantastic weekend," Coughlin said. "We just lost a little traction in the final and weren't able to get the win. We had a good Round 1 match-up with Jim Whiteley - We hate to beat the sponsor of the series (J&A Service) but a race is a race. We ran great against Jonathon Gray in the second round and pretty strong against Rickie Smith in semis. He's such a strong competitor, so we were looking really good going into the final but strange things happen sometimes, that's just racing."

With the points leader Mike Castellana losing in Round 1, Coughlin knew he and his team had to "strike while the iron is hot" and take advantage of their unexpected good fortune.

"Mike Castellana is still leading the points but we picked up three rounds in the points so we are now just a round or two behind him at this point," Coughlin said. "We just keep nipping at their heels.

"Shane Molinari who is third in points went out in the second round, so we separated ourselves from him a little more. We just have to keep shortening the gap on Castellana and stretching it out
on Molinari.

"I certainly have the best team in Pro Mod lead by Steve Petty (crew chief), Kyle Pettis and Mike Rees. A special thanks to all the people at, Pro Line Racing Engines, Mac...
NORWALK, Ohio (June 25) -- Two-time Pro Mod world champion Troy Coughlin gained more ground on the J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series points lead Sunday by racing to his third final of the last three weeks before settling for runner-up honors to Shane Molinari.

It was almost a perfect weekend for Coughlin, who set the national speed record at 259.31 mph during a 5.756-second pass in qualifying No. 1 for the third time this year, before powering through a talented field to get to the trophy round. He's now finished second-first-second in the last three national events to jump from fifth to second in the rankings. Coughlin now trails Mike Castellana by just 82 markers.

"We would have loved to close it out with a win here but going to three finals in a row over the last three weeks has been an incredible run for this team," Coughlin said. "We were No. 1 qualifier in Englishtown and ended up as runner-up, we won Bristol from the No. 2 qualifying position, and then we get here and break a six-year-old national speed record, qualify No. 1 again and get to the finals. That's pretty awesome.

"This car has been very fast and very consistent, and we're not breaking anything. The guys at Proline build great motors, obviously, and Steve Petty, Mike Rees and Kyle Pettis have kept us rolling. We have a very stout car on our hands."

After dismissing Danny Rowe Saturday night in the first round of eliminations, Coughlin opened Sunday's action with a win over Michael Biehle, lowering the track elapsed time record he'd set in qualifying to a jaw-dropping 5.729 during a 258.67-mph pass. That was more than enough to beat Biehle's 5.802 at 256.11 mph.

Up next was...
BRISTOL, Tenn. (June 18) -- Two-time world champion Troy Coughlin won the 17th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Sunday to continue his rapid ascension up the championship points standings in the J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

Just a little over a week ago, the 2012 and 2015 titlist was a distance fifth in the rankings, 234 points behind early-season class dominator Mike Castellana, but a runner-up finish last weekend in Englishtown, N.J., and Sunday's win at Bristol Dragway, coupled with a rough couple of races by Castellana and others ahead of him in the points, have helped Coughlin rise to second place, 105 out of the lead.
"We've had a fantastic car for the last two races, for sure," Coughlin said. "It's true we struggled a little bit in the middle part of the first half of the season but we are coming on strong now and nipping at the points leader's heels.

"What can I say about my guys? Steve Petty, Kyle Pettis, Mike Rees, all of the guys on the team back home and everyone from Proline and Mac Tools that help our winning effort, we just have a badass group all the way around. I tell you what, that Proline power and all the parts they put in this car helped get this baby to the winner's circle today, no doubt about it."

Coughlin's toughest test Sunday came in his quarterfinal race against Bob Rahaim. Although he got a .007-second jump on Rahaim, he was soon passed and had to use all the power in his twin-turbo Chevrolet Corvette C7 to catch Rahaim and retake the lead, winning with a 5.890 at 253.95 mph ahead of Rahaim's 5.933 at 246.66 mph.

In the semis, Coughlin cruised away from an out-of-shape Jonathan Gray,...
PITTSBORO, N.C. (June 13, 2017): Last week the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) announced a rule change that nitromethane would be allowed in the Pro Extreme category. However, previously unknown factors have come to light since the June 8 statement, and nitromethane will not be allowed in PDRA in 2017.

The Department of Homeland Security regulates every use of nitromethane in the United States, and those who use the additive must undergo rigorous screening and meet certain regulations. An imminent addition of nitromethane, as was proposed for the next stop on the PDRA tour, is simply not possible.

“The PDRA always strives to run our association to the highest standard,” stated PDRA’s Bob Harris. “We make every effort to abide by our sanctioning requirements. It is unfortunate that we initially proceeded with the rule changes before learning about the additional security measures surrounding nitromethane. We do hope that this has not caused any inconvenience to our racers and apologize to everyone for our oversight. We will continue doing everything in our power to grow the PDRA, provide the best possible platform for our racers, sponsors and fans, and continue to be the world’s premier eighth-mile drag racing association.”


Based in Pittsboro, North Carolina, the Professional Drag Racers Association is the top sanctioning body in the United States for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing. The PDRA’s professional categories include Pro Extreme, Pro Nitrous, Pro Boost, Extreme Pro Stock and Pro Extreme Motorcycle along with several sportsman and various exhibition categories. The 2017 PDRA schedule consists of eight national events. For more on the world’s premier eighth-mile drag racing organization visit Follow the PDRA: Facebook, Instagram,...
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 11) -- By successfully converting his top qualifying effort into a runner-up finish at this weekend's 48th annual NHRA Summernationals, two-time world champion Troy Coughlin jumped from fifth to third in the J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series championship standings.

"We'll take it," Coughlin said. "To go from not qualifying in Atlanta, to a tough first-round loss in Topeka and then to come here and earn No. 1 qualifier honors and have the fastest car every single round but one, that's an awesome weekend. We couldn't be more happy about how things turned out today."

"Everyone at JEGS, all of the guys at Pro Line Racing Engines, our friends at Mac Tools, what a great group we have supporting this team. It's so good to be associated with these companies. And I always like to thank my crew chief Steve Petty as well as Mike Rees and Kyle Pettis for keeping this thing together and giving me a good fast hot rod every round, even in the intense heat we
had today."

Coughlin used a 5.788 at 256.55 mph to beat Jonathan Gray in Round 1, a 5.833 at 256.55 mph in a quarterfinal win over Khalid alBalooshi and a 5.848 at 255.73 mph to dispatch championship rival Steve Jackson in the semifinals.

With the trophy on the line, Coughlin lined up against longtime friendly foe "Tricky Rickie" Smith, who used a .015-second starting line advantage to squeak out a 5.884 to 5.882-second victory.

"We ran well all weekend and I've had some decent reaction times," Coughlin said. "The Corvette got down the track every time, which is nice because if you can get from the starting line to the finish line every session, you get great data for the ensuing...
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 9) -- Fulfilling a prerace promise to hold nothing back in his pursuit of a third world title in the J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series, Troy Coughlin came out swinging at this weekend's 48th annual NHRA Summernationals, charging to the top of the provisional field with a stout 5.772-second quarter-mile pass at 257.53 mph in his twin-turbocharged
Chevrolet Corvette.

"It's pretty awesome," Coughlin said. "I'll tell you, it's a lot of work and a lot of passion in this class
for sure.

"After our first (aborted) run we had to find out what caused a little bit of an issue with some electronics in the car and the guys came back and found a connection that wasn't the way it's supposed to be," Coughlin said. "You know, when you have a five-star team, they just jump on it and put everything back in line. Then we go out there and take the No. 1 spot like it was meant to be. That's pretty cool."

Obviously, Coughlin qualified better than the four guys he's currently chasing in the championship points. Points leader Mike Castellana is 13th with a 5.858, second-ranked Steve Whiteley is third overall with a 5.795, No. 3 Steve Matusek is 11th with a 5.847, and fourth-place Steve Jackson is 12th with a 5.851.

"Qualifying anywhere in the top five would have been great but to end up No. 1 in the J&A Pro Mod Series is a feat in itself," Coughlin said.

There is one more round of Pro Mod qualifying scheduled for 3:30 p.m., Saturday. Then the field will be set and eliminations will begin with a single round at 6 p.m., also on Saturday. The final three rounds of eliminations will resume at 12:45 p.m., Sunday.

"Anything can happen and I...

Just days after declaring its expansion in the USA, Noonan Race is proud to announce that 10-times Australian Top Doorslammer Champion John Zappia will race the Noonan-owned ’69 Jerry Bickel Promod.

The car is the newest of the three Jerry Bickel ’69 Camaro Promods in existence, and Zappia will compete in the last three races of the PDRA for Noonan Race using the all-new Noonan 4.9 borespace engine.

The team will be fully serviced and maintained from the Noonan stable, with Noonan principal and engine builder Jamie Noonan stating it was an exciting time for the company.

“It has been a great few weeks for Noonan Race – to announce our expansion into new state of the art facilities in South Carolina was huge and now to confirm that Australia’s leading drag racer will be flying the flag for us over the last three races of the PDRA is very exciting,” Noonan said.

“The Jerry Bickel 69 Camaro Promod is a brilliant machine and I can’t wait to see what Zap can do with it and our all-new Noonan 4.9 borespace engine at these events.”

About Noonan
Noonan Ultimate Race Engineering is one of Australia’s premier race engine building and development facilities and a world leader in billet component innovation and boasts a growing presence in the US market. Their track-proven products were utilized in 2016 during the NHRA Top Alcohol championship-winning efforts of Joey Severance and Jonnie Lindberg, and by 10-time Australian Top Doorslammer Legend – John Zappia.

Offering engine components for motor racing including drag racing, tractor pull, drag boat racing, and the diehard...

Noonan Race Engineering is expanding its USA operations with the purchase of a new facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

The new location will boast the latest in state of the art advancements in both machinery and management practices, and will be headed up by Noonan Chief Executive Officer and Engine Builder Jamie Noonan and his wife and business partner Renee Noonan.

For the past 12 months Jamie has lived part-time in the States while Renee has managed the Australian operation. Now, they and their family will relocate permanently to South Carolina from July 2017, leaving the Australian arm of operations in the care of new Operations Manager, Dan Case.

The entire Hemi and LS engine programs will now be manufactured in the USA, with the transition of the cylinder heads and manifold program by the end of the year.

“We are so excited to be taking this next step with the Noonan Race Engineering business, cementing our place in the USA marketplace with a facility that takes us into the future,” Jamie Noonan said.

“At the same time, our Australian headquarters will remain in full operation, concentrating on special projects, research and development, and prototyping.

“As part of this expansion we will welcome a number of highly skilled personnel to our team both in Australia and the United States, and we look forward to sharing more information about these appointments shortly.”

The expansion comes 12 months after Noonan made its first steps into the US market at its Utah facility, which was initially set up purely for Noonan’s engine block program...