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Teuton Makes History, Takes Mopar Challenger Drag Pak to First Stock Eliminator NHRA National Event Win


September 5, 2011 , Clermont, Ind. - Jeff Teuton of Houma, La., captured a historic victory for Mopar® at the most historic race on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing schedule, driving his 2009 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak to the overall win today in Stock Eliminator at the 57th Annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway. The victory was the first overall Stock Eliminator NHRA National event win for Mopar’s modern-day package car.

“What a great weekend for Mopar and Jeff Teuton,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “Everyone at Mopar congratulates Jeff and his team on their great performance. Reaching the finals and winning is a true testament to our Mopar Challenger Drag Pak.”

Teuton faced the 2002 Camaro of Sam Pourciau in the final round, taking the victory easily with an 11.055-second elapsed time at 107.71 mph after Pourciau’s engine exploded shortly after launch. Teuton also captured his individual class win (F/SA) in Stock Eliminator at the event.

“It’s really amazing to capture this historic win in the Mopar Challenger Drag Pak during the 60th Anniversary of the NHRA, at their biggest event,” said Teuton, owner of the Southland Chrysler Group dealership in his hometown of Houma. “I’ve always competed in Mopar and Chrysler products, and I’m just having a ball. I’m proud of my car. I’ve sold Mopar Drag Paks, and I’ve been a dealer for 44 years. I’ve been racing since 1958 and this is a pretty good milestone.”

The Mac Tools U.S. Nationals hosted a fleet of Mopar Challenger Drag Paks, with more than 20 entered in the Stock and Super Stock fields. The Drag Paks dominated the qualifying charts in Stock, with David Barton of Robesonia, Pa. qualifying No. 1 overall with a 9.676-elapsed time. Barton also triumphed in the A/SA class eliminations, defeating fellow Drag Pak racer Doug Duell in the class final. A total of six Mopar Challenger Drag Paks qualified in the Top 10 in Stock at the U.S. Nationals, including Charlie Fitzsimmons, who started No. 5 and fell to Teuton in the fifth round of Stock eliminations.

For more information on the Mopar Challenger Drag Pak, including the 2011 Mopar Challenger V-10 Drag Pak, the first and only 500-plus cubic-inch V-10 drag-race package car, visit Mopar - Authentic Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram Accessories, Service & Parts.

Mopar-First Features
Mopar has introduced numerous industry-first features including:

• Camper trailers: first to introduce off-road camper trailers
• Vehicle-information apps: first to introduce smartphone vehicle-information applications, a new channel of communication with consumers
• Electronic owner manuals: first to introduce traditional owner manuals in a DVD and brief user-guide format
• Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS): first to market with a new interactive vehicle tracking device that sends owner a text when vehicle is driven too fast or too far based on pre-set parameters
• 2011 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak: first to introduce a 500-plus cubic-inch V-10 drag-race package car
• Wi-Fi: first to offer customers the ability to make their vehicle a wireless hot spot
• WiTECH: first to support vehicle diagnosis and software updates leveraging off-the-shelf personal computers and a dedicated wireless tool network

About the Mopar Brand
Mopar is Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand.

Mopar distributes approximately 280,000 parts and accessories in more than 90 countries and is the source for all original-equipment parts for Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge and Ram vehicles. Mopar parts are unique in that they are engineered with the same teams that create factory-authorized vehicle specifications for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram vehicles — a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. A complete list of Mopar accessories and performance parts is available at Mopar - Authentic Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram Accessories, Service & Parts.

More than 70 Years of Mopar
When Chrysler bought Dodge in 1928, the need for a dedicated parts manufacturer, supplier and distribution system to support the growing enterprise led to the formation of the Chrysler Motor Parts Corporation (CMPC) in 1929.

Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) was trademarked for a line of antifreeze products in 1937. It also was widely used as a moniker for the CMPC. The Mopar brand made its mark in the 1960s — the muscle-car era. The Chrysler Corporation built race-ready Dodge and Plymouth “package cars” equipped with special high-performance parts. Mopar carried a line of “special parts” for super-stock drag racers and developed its racing parts division called Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use.
 
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