Evan J. Smith
December 20, 2013

Watson Racing Set to Back Chris Holbrook and His Cobra Jet

Watson Racing has signed on as a marketing partner with championship-winning racer and engine builder Chris Holbrook. “It’s hard to describe the importance of this sponsorship,” said Holbrook from his shop in Livonia, Michigan. “Watson Racing is the new division of Watson Engineering, a massive corporation with brilliant technical minds. With Watson Racing developing its own brand of competition components and offering services, there’s no telling the advances we can make. The other great aspect of this new sponsorship is the fact I have a personal relationship with the people involved.”

Holbrook began the season clocking an 8.504 pass at 160.68 at the NMRA event in Bradenton, Florida. One week later at the NHRA Amalie Oil Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida, he won the AAA/SA class championship, running the quickest e.t. in the history of the Stock Eliminator at 8.68 seconds. Holbrook then ran 8.58 at 158.33 mph at a later NHRA event.

Holbrook has his sights set on the season’s first Factory Stock Showdown at the NHRA Toyota Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey, to be held May 30-June 2. “Our goal is nothing short of a victory,” insisted Holbrook. “Our main objective is to win the Factory Stock Showdown, but we’ll be gunning for the Summernationals Stock Eliminator title, as well.”

Cobra Jet Flies On ESPN2

The 2014 Ford Cobra Jet Mustang was recently featured in a segment on ESPN2 during coverage of the NHRA Kansas Nationals in Topeka. Announcers David Rieff and Lewis Bloom spoke about the performance of the factory-built hot rod.

“I feel the it’s important for people who love drag racing to promote the fact that the sport wouldn’t grow with factory involvement,” said Bloom. “We’ve exposed cars like that before and the Cobra Jet is a natural fit.” Bloom added, “The reaction in the TV truck was overwhelming. And Funny Car driver Courtney Force was watching the show with her dad and commented on Twitter, stating she wanted one of the CJs.”

Editor Evan J. Smith piloted the CJ during testing at South Georgia Motorsport Park that aired both on the qualifying show and the race-day show.

Australian V-8 Supercars Come to America

Famous for their door-handle-to-door-handle road racing, the Aussie race teams brought their unique V-8 Supercars to the spectacular Circuit of the Americas, located outside of Austin, Texas, May 17-19. Much like NASCAR in the U.S., the V-8 Supercars debuted an all-new car for the ’13 season. Ford, Holden (GM), Nissan, and Mercedes all have factory-backed teams competing and the action is intense. Powered by sweet-sounding fuel-injected 5.0L Windsor-based engines limited to 650 crank horsepower, the Ford teams are working hard to get a handle on their all-new cars and chassis setups. The racing was exciting and we hope to see them return in 2014. —Jeff Lacina.

Mobile Mod Center One Stop Performance Shop On Wheels

The Mobile Mod Center is a new concept and is now on the road serving as a one-stop performance shop on wheels. It will be hitting the hottest car show and events across the country, and for the first time ever will offer vehicles owners the opportunity to have their rides customized with products from leading performance companies installed at their favorite event.

The Mobile Mod Center showcases products from MRT exhaust and styling products, Kicker Performance Audio, Ford Racing Performance Parts, BFGoodrich tires, Webasto sun roofs, ACE Racing Clutches, SCT Performance Tuning, Gumout, Black Magic, Slick 50, car care products and Gateway Classic Mustang suspension products. The Mustang Club of America is a proud sponsor of the Mobile Mod Center.

Enthusiasts can select the products and have them shipped on the Mobile Mod Center by calling 248/939-7954. Check out www.musclemustangfastfords.com and search Mobile Mod Center for the full schedule.

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Kevin Miller

Brampton, Ontario