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View Poll Results: Which Brand of Pro Stock Car is Your Favorite?
Chevy 16 15.69%
Dodge 18 17.65%
Ford 60 58.82%
Pontiac 8 7.84%
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Old 09-28-2006
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As the crew chief for the only Ford NHRA Pro Stock operation I feel I might be qualified to post on this thread.....

1. Ford is not interested in sponsoring a Ford Pro Stock.
1a. Ford is not interested in developing new pieces for NHRA Pro Stock due to a lack of demand....this is purely business, we hope to change this.

2. We are working with Ford Racing and are getting fresh E-460 castings from them, we hope to have them in the next month

3. We are in the process of establishing an in-house engine program here in Crofton. We have spent a considerable amount of funds to purchase/hire the required equipment, parts and personnel to develop a competitive engine package. We decided to miss most of the events this year so we can concentrate on building our shop and research and development. We are very close to where we need to be....very close.

4. The Cunningham family is committed to fielding a competitive program for 2007.

Finally, we are really excited about next year and we hope to give all of the Ford fans out there something to cheer about.

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Me three. I could care less if ford gets back into prostock. But he said exactally what Ford is looking for.

1. Ford will throw some 460 castings, cunningham will spend the hundreds of thousands for the machine work to do it.

2. John Force hired Tim Gibson to build the last two bodies for the Mustang. All ford does is let them use the emblems and the light stickers. All the development of the funny car was done by force, paid by force, just so nobody but force would be able to run the car. If ford had anything at all to do with the development of the funny car race body, they would be pushing other people to use it.

3. Ford will stay in nascar since there are more people that will actually buy a car they watch race 42 sundays.
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Thanks for the update Tom. Good luck to you and the Cunningham team. Pro Stock is a tough class and I wish you the best. I would like nothing better than a competitive Ford in Pro Stock again. I thought we had it with the Blakney/Geoffrion/Panella Nitro Fish car but it never really materialized.
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[QUOTE=anotheridiot] 2. John Force hired Tim Gibson to build the last two bodies for the Mustang. All ford does is let them use the emblems and the light stickers. All the development of the funny car was done by force, paid by force, just so nobody but force would be able to run the car. If ford had anything at all to do with the development of the funny car race body, they would be pushing other people to use it.

This is from Force on 9/27/06 "John Force Chashing Longevety"(Yesterday)

"Ford Motor Company invests big money, along with Castrol, AAA, all of these sponsors, to go out here and win a championship. That allows me to hire the brain trust that I have – Austin Coil, Bernie Fedderly, Jim Prock, John Medlen – this machine that I have. I have the tools to work with – the wind tunnels that Ford gives us the opportunity to work with. We have our own motor program right now, trying to build a Ford-fuel motor that will come out next January or February. All of these tools gives [enables] us to beat the competition!"
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Tom. Thanks for the update. I talked to Jim Cunningham in the Seattle pits for quite awile a couple years ago. Really nice guy. I hope your team does well. I believe that Force get's big bucks from Ford. I don't really buy the Ford is struggling to survive argument. GM and Chrysler are not doing all that great and they have alot invested in racing programs. Ford has plenty of money for racing sponsorships and could dedicate a small percentage to Pro Stock if they chose to. The Blakeny/Pannella program ran pretty good in a short time. Two final rounds i think? I am sure it is a struggle to be the only Ford and all the rest are GM/Mopar and if you have enough cash you can rent an engine that can qualify. Us Ford guy's have always had to spend more and work harder than the others. Probably will always be that way.
I assume you be running something other than the Escort? Can you give us any info? Maybe a Fusion? Thanks again for the heads up on your program and good luck. Brian
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We will be running the Escort for a little while yet, a new car is in the planning and we hope to have a new Jerry Haas car by the spring.

As far as Ford and Pro Stock.....with only one car out there there really isn't any reason for them to be interested in spending the kind of money it would take to develop a new block, which is what we really need. Believe it or not the E-460 heads are pretty good, they are very close to the DRCEII design and we feel that we can get them to perform on the same level.

We hope to develop a competitive package, with what we have, if we can the demand is out there and at that point we might be able to get Ford to talk about the new R and D that we need.

One thing everyone has to remember is that it's not just horsepower, in Pro Stock, probably nmore that any class, it is a combination of H.P. chassis setup, clutch program and driver ability, as well as the ability to tune for the condititons and the track.

This is what makes the Summit team so good, they have the whole package, as well as more on track time and data than just about anyone else.

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Tom Sweeny

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From what I understand they have access to an 1/8 mile track to test on.....

We have a 1/4 mile track 100 yards from the shop
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One other thing...the Lotto thing is pretty much a myth...Jim has been lucky, but not to the extent most people believe. Our funding comes from hard work at Capitol Raceway and Cunningham Sand and Gravel.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Toby
We will be running the Escort for a little while yet, a new car is in the planning and we hope to have a new Jerry Haas car by the spring.
Thanks for giving us Ford guys some new hope Tom! What body are you using, Mustang?
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Thanks for giving us Ford guys some new hope Tom! What body are you using, Mustang?
Currently we are using an Escort....we plan on having a Mustang or two by the spring
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