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While the Ford Motor Company has dominated the American Drag Racing League’s spectacular new SuperCar Showdown category, fans attending the ADRL Summer Drags VIII on June 13-14 are in for a surprise. The event, contested at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan, will be the site of the first public competition appearance of the radical new 2013 Mustang Super Cobra Jet.
Drew Skillman, who won his first ADRL SuperCar Showdown title at the Gateway Drags IV at Madison, Ill., in June, announced the Skillman Ford team will unveil a new 2013 model in SCS competition with virtually no modifications; the new Super Cobra Jet will be taken directly off the showroom floor and thrown into battle.
“I guess it’s only fitting we debut the car in Michigan since that‘s where it was built,” said the 24-year-old from the team’s Ray Skillman Performance Ford headquarters in Indianapolis. “We race what we sell and we wanted to be the first to get one of the new Super Cobra Jets on the track. The ADRL is the only place which allows any unmodified production car to compete in true non-handicapped drag racing and we’ve already focused the efforts of all our 2012 Cobra Jets toward their series.
“We really have no idea of the new car’s potential since we just took delivery of it here at the dealership. Because we’ve had no real development time, our supercharged 2013 CJ will be racing without so much as a ’tune-up’. It will be interesting to see how it does but, based on the improvements on the new model, it should run exceptionally well.”
Andrew Casselberry, Project Manager at Ford Racing, supplied rare construction photos in anticipation of the first public racing appearance of the new Super Cobra Jet. Noted Casselberry, “Ford Racing keeps building more bullets for the ADRL’s SuperCar Showdown. We just shipped the first 2013 Cobra Jets on June 27. Construction of the Cobra Jets started several weeks ago and we expect to have all of them completed in the next two weeks. The first car shipped, a black supercharged Cobra Jet with optional graphics, went to Sam Pack Ford in Plano, Texas.“