In it lock, Pro Stock and barrel
CHRYSLER Australia has increased its motor racing involvement, despite ruling out a move into V8 Supercars.
The company announced this week it will sponsor leading Australian drag racer Lee Bektash in this season’s Pro Stock division.
Bektash’s Dodge Avenger Pro Stock machine uses a Mopar engine and Don Ness chassis, and has been re-birthed in a striking Mopar livery.
‘‘I’ve always been fortunate enough to have great people around me and I’m now excited to have a great sponsor on board,’’ Bektash says.
Chrysler’s only other motorsport sponsorship in Australia is its role as the official safety car for the V8 Supercar championship.
Despite recent attempts to introduce a third manufacturer into the Holden-Ford contest, Chrysler Australia has declared it isn’t interested in making the move.
‘‘We’re proud to be involved with Lee and his team,’’ Chrysler Australia service and parts general manager Robert Moorcroft says.
‘‘They’re a small operation with a big heart and competitive quarter-mile times.
‘‘Our Mopar team within Chrysler Australia are extremely excited to work with Lee and support him in every way we can. We’re involved in the V8 Supercar series with our 300C SRT8 pace cars and now in Pro Stock drag racing. Combined, they’re a great fit for our brands.’’
With his new backing, Bektash is ready to make a run at the Pro Stock title after finishing sixth in last year’s standings, despite only competing in half the events.
‘‘We’re not in it for our good looks. Our passion for racing is what gets us over the line and we have one goal — to win the championship,’’ he says.
Title chase: Lee Bektash’s Dodge Avenger Pro Stock drag racer has gained Chrysler sponsorship.