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The response has been so good that the rumors have already started about concern over the number of cars that might show up at Gainesville. Apparently, all of the other tracks on the schedule have plenty of parking room for cars. Gainesville traditionally has huge car counts, so there may be some legitimate concern on NHRA's part.

It would appear that the idea of racing Pro Modifieds at NHRA events is very attractive to a wide variety of racers.

Ten-time Funny Car champ John Force has indicated an interest in the Pro Mod class, telling DRO that he has been watching the class and might be interested in owning a Pro Mod team himself.

"I might build a Pro Mod to run at NHRA races," Force told DRO. Then added jokingly, "I might try to hire Scotty (Cannon) to drive it."

Former NHRA Pro Stock racer and Pro Street World Champion Tony Christian is another racer who has expressed interest in the fledgling NHRA Pro Modified series. He has already spoken with NHRA's Graham Light about the series.

West Coast Pro Mod racer Randy Hagerty told DRO that he is committed to running his Camaro at the first two NHRA events in the Competition Eliminator class and is considering making the trip to Florida for the first exhibition race.

NHRA has been very careful not to interfere with the IHRA schedule or its racers' participation at IHRA events. None of the races on the NHRA Pro Modified exhibition schedule conflict with IHRA national event dates.

Light also confirmed to DRO that for the exhibition races, NHRA will use the IHRA Pro Modified rules. Official information concerning driver's licenses, safety, and all other aspects of the series will be available from NHRA or here on DRO after the NHRA office re-opens following the Christmas holidays.



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