|Roush Mustangs Approved For NHRA Competition
Historically, the National Hot Rod
Association has only approved powertrains for competition as they come
from the factories in Detroit, but all that changed with the recent
approval of the 2008 Roush supercharged 4.6L V-8 in the Stage 3 and
P-51A Mustangs. It is believed that this is the first time the NHRA has
approved an aftermarket powertrain for competition.
The Roush Mustangs will be allowed in the NHRA Stock and SuperStock
categories as determined by the horsepower and shipping weight of the
two vehicles. Coupe or convertible chassis will be allowed with a
horsepower of 430 for the Stage 3 and 510 for the P-51A. The shipping
weight of the Roush coupes is 3316 pounds, while a convertible weighs in
at 3443 pounds.
Depending on the combination of coupe or convertible and the Roush
Stage 3 or P-51A powertrain, the cars would be classified between AA
Stock and B Stock or SuperStock A and F.
It is anticipated that the first team to campaign a Roush Mustang in
NHRA competition will be Haas, Carrothers & Wagner Racing. The team,
which has won three consecutive NHRA Division 3 championships
(2004-2006), is currently building a Roush Mustang with a Stage 3
"As many people know, I first began my motorsports career in drag
racing and had a lot of success in the NHRA over the years," said Jack
Roush. "I never lost my interest in the sport and have continued to
follow it with great enthusiasm since moving on to road racing and now
stock cars. I think it is going to be very exciting to see a Roush
Mustang breaking the beams on the starting line and I really look
forward to the day one of our cars captures that first ‘Wally' (the
nickname of the trophy awarded in NHRA competition in tribute to Wally
Parks, the founder of the NHRA)."
2009 Roush RTC Pictures
2009 Roush RTC Mustang Specs
2008 Roush P-51A Mustang
2008 Roush 428R