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2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
Indy 3 – Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil

Series Notes:

  • The Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil takes place this weekend, August 8-9, at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis
Tim Wilkerson

Tim Wilkerson

Tim Wilkerson
Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang
Car No.: FC10
Current points position: 4

Event Notes:

  • The 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series marks the 25th season as a nitro Funny Car driver for Tim Wilkerson, driver of the Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang
  • Wilkerson made the move to Ford Performance in 2009 and since that time has acquired 10 of 20 NHRA Wally trophies as a Ford driver. The only drivers to have more wins in a Ford Funny Car are John Force and Robert Hight.
  • Team Summit driver Wilkerson is also the tuner and team owner of the LRS Ford Mustang Funny Car. His was the only single-car team in the category to finish in the top 10 in each of the last two seasons.
  • The early portion of Wilkerson’s career included a successful run as a Top Alcohol Funny Car driver. He earned eight division trophies, one national event win, and was the Division 3 Top Alcohol Funny Car champ in both 1994 and 1995 in the Lucas Oil Series before stepping up to the Pro ranks in Gainesville in 1996.

Wilkerson’s career stats following the 2020 Summernationals
(most recent event)
521 races
20 wins
24 runner-up finishes
44 final rounds
20 No. 1 qualifier awards
Career round wins (nitro Funny Car): 416
Career best e.t.: 3.844 (2017 Phoenix)
Career best speed: 333.74 (2016 Topeka)

“Our Levi, Ray & Shoup Mustang is running really well, and we think we have a good chance of putting Ford in the winner’s circle this weekend. It’d be cool to mix it up a little bit, and we’re excited. We’re tickled to be involved with Ford, and it would mean a lot to use to do a good job for them – especially this weekend. One thing we want to say heading into this weekend is a big thank you to the fans. They have not left us through the years, and that means a lot to me personally. That’s what’s so special about NHRA; you really get to know the fans, and to be honest, I need that. I thrive off of it, and to hear them in the stands is just a great thing.”

Tim Wilkerson on social media:
Instagram: @timwilkersonracing;
Twitter: @TimWilkerson_FC

nhra logo2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Standings
(after Race 4, the NHRA Summernationals in Indianapolis)

1. Jack Beckman, 372
2. Tommy Johnson Jr., 355
3. Matt Hagan, 329
4. Tim Wilkerson, 239
5. Bob Tasca III, 230
6t. Ron Capps, 196
6t. J.R. Todd, 196
8. Alexis DeJoria, 186
9. John Force, 173
10. Cruz Pedregon, 149

Run Schedule (all times local)
Saturday, August 8
11:30 a.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 1
3:45 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 2

Sunday, August 9
10:00 a.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro eliminations beginfox#NHRAonFOX Schedule (all times ET)
Qualifying / Sunday – 11 AM – 1 PM ET / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 1-4 PM ET / FOX

#IndyNats #TeamSummit
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– Tim Wilkerson, 20x NHRA Nitro Funny Car Winner –

Photo Credit: Auto Imagery, Driver photo courtesy of NHRA