Chevy New U.S. Nationals Title Sponsor
The Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals can define a drag racing career and past winners of the event comprise a who’s who of the sport, including its greatest legends: Nine-time winner Bob Glidden; ‘Big Daddy’ Don Garlits, an eight-time winner; seven-time winner Don ‘The Snake’ Prudhomme, three-time winner Kenny Bernstein and Shirley Muldowney, the Top Fuel winner in 1982. Among active drivers, Tony Schumacher, driver of the U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster, stands alone having won the event nine of the last 13 years.
The race is also the final event in the 18-race NHRA regular season and the top 10 fields in each of the four pro categories will be finalized there for the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship, NHRA’s six-race playoffs.
On the team side, General Motors has a long and storied history in the sport with countless driver championships and NHRA event wins in both the professional and sportsman ranks. Currently, the Chevrolet Camaro is competing in the Pro Stock ranks, led by the flagship team of Ken Black Racing and drivers Greg Anderson and Jason Line.
And Chevrolet’s involvement is not limited to the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. In 2012, Chevrolet Performance introduced the COPO Camaro built specifically for the drag strip and to compete in the Stock Eliminator and Super Stock classes in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
The Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals is the marquee event held at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, which also features USAC sprint cars and SCCA road racing, among others. The oldest event on the NHRA circuit, the Chevrolet U.S. Nationals was first held in Great Bend, Kan. in 1955, before moving to Kansas City in 1956. For two years (1957-‘58) it was held in Oklahoma City before moving to Detroit for two years (1959-‘60). The race found its permanent home, Lucas Oil Raceway, in 1961, where many memorable finishes have been showcased over the years.