Jonnie Lindberg to drive new Rupert Motorsports Humorous Automotive in Las Vegas


The Rupert Motorsports Humorous Automotive crew is about to debut at this weekend’s Denso Spark Plugs NHRA 4-Broad Nationals in Las Vegas with Jonnie Lindberg behind the wheel of the ’17 Mustang.

Three-time NHRA Sizzling Rod Heritage Racing Collection Nostalgia Humorous Automotive champion Jason Rupert has been working towards racing within the Humorous Automotive ranks on the NHRA Tenting World Drag Racing Collection since buying the operation from the late Steve Plueger. The Grant Downing-built automobile has been up to date with Ford Mustang our bodies and engine and clutch parts from Don Schumacher Racing.

Rupert, a second-generation driver from Anaheim Hills, Calif., who reached three nationwide occasion last rounds in High Alcohol Humorous Automotive, made incremental passes this winter to shake down the brand new automobile. He plans to finish his competitors license improve procedures throughout take a look at runs after the occasion. He chosen Lindberg to drive in Las Vegas in order to not delay the debut of the brand new crew.

“It’s been a protracted highway, and I’m actually excited to be working the automobile this weekend,” stated Rupert. “It’ll really feel a bit unusual to be exterior the automobile, however we’re lucky {that a} driver of Jonnie’s caliber was accessible and prepared to drive this weekend. I believe he’s very gifted.”

Lindberg, a two-time NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Collection High Alcohol Humorous Automotive champion, drove the Head Racing Humorous Automotive from 2017 by 2019 and was chosen to substitute for Bob Tasca III within the Motorcraft/Fast Lane Ford Mustang final summer time when Tasca was sidelined with COVID-19. Lindberg reached the ultimate spherical 4 occasions whereas driving for Head with two occurring at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I’m blissful to get behind the wheel of a nitro automobile once more,” stated Lindberg. “It’s at all times an honor to be trusted with somebody’s tools. Rupert and I talked about this chance going again to final 12 months. They’re a brand new, part-time crew who took the effort and time to place collectively a very good automobile.”

The 32-year-old Swedish driver may also be tuning Brian Hough’s High Alcohol Humorous Automotive that was just lately constructed at Jonnie Lindberg Motorsports. This occasion marks the primary time that the High Alcohol classes will compete within the four-wide format.

The Rupert Motorsports entry will likely be adorned with the Bays & Rupert brand, paying tribute to the Black Plague Humorous Automobiles campaigned by Rupert’s late father, Frank, and racing associate Richard Bays within the Nineteen Seventies. It should additionally characteristic Lucas Oil, which is in its twenty fifth 12 months of partnership with Rupert, together with TMS Titanium, GRP Connecting Rods, Atlas Testing, CP-Carrillo, and Manley.

Nitro veteran Johnny West will function crew chief.

“It’s essential for us to get on the market and placed on a very good present for everyone who helps us and those that may be concerned with getting concerned with a crew like ours,” stated Rupert. “We put plenty of work into getting all the pieces prepared. Plueger was actually encouraging when he bought us the automobile. [The late] Eric Lane was instrumental in getting us entering into the best course with all of the adjustments.

“We’ve acquired quite a lot of technical help from different groups alongside the best way. It’s thrilling to lastly get out to the observe.”

Rupert plans on competing at NHRA Tenting World Drag Racing Collection occasions on the West Coast. Moreover, he’ll proceed tuning the Atlas Testing Nostalgia Humorous Automotive pushed by Jerry Espeseth, which received the newest occasion on the NHRA Heritage Collection calendar in Tulsa, Okla., in September.

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