Jaren Mott of Salt Lake City, Utah will be piloting the Tow Mater Jet Car this Saturday, May 26 at Rocky Mountain Raceways Jet Car Spring Nationals. This unique jet car is the creation of the Fire 4 Hire Jet Drag Racing Team based in Canada.

   Tow Mater generates 6,000 pounds of thrust from a Westinghouse J-34 jet engine and will average 200 miles per hour down the ¼ mile. “We wanted to create something that would be completely different than anything the racing world had seen,” says Brad Janishewski of Fire 4 Hire. “It is unique and unbelievably fun.”

Tow Mater took 7 months to complete and was a collaborative effort; with the front-end being built in Canada by Fire 4 Hire and the back-half being built in Salt Lake at Utah Chassis by Jaren and Dave Mott. “We had to exchange measurements back and forth to make sure everything fit perfectly,” says Janishewski. RMR’s Jet Car Spring Nationals will be Tow Mater’s debut after months of hard work. Continue reading

Rocky Mountain Raceways’ IHRA ¼ Mile Drag Strip will begin a repaving project this week that will involve removing the old surface and placing a new  asphalt track in its place. Staker Parson will undertake the project that started on Monday, May 14.

“After 16 years of providing a great racing surface for the racers at RMR, our old surface will be removed and a new asphalt track put in its place.  Staker Parson will start by removing the top 2.5” of the current asphalt surfacethen throw down a nice new track from the 330’ mark to the finish line,” says Mike Eames, General Manager of Rocky Mountain Raceways. “They have machines that are capable of surfacing the road with continuous paving machines, which should give us one of the smoothest quarter miles in the country.”

Rocky Mountain Raceways drag strip was originally paved in 1997, when the Young Automotive Group purchased the racetrack and remodeled the entire facility. “Staker Parson is a company with great credentials and did the first paving of the track sixteen years ago and it was and still is one of the smoothest, flattest tracks in the country.  This repaving will again be the best in the country and should produce some great ET’s and speeds,” says Ron Craft, Rocky Mountain Raceways Drag Strip Manager.

The project began Monday, May 14 and is scheduled to last a week; an additional week is needed to prepare the track for racing. “The track will be ready for the Jet Car Spring Nationals on Saturday, May 26 featuring Jet Dragsters, Jet Funny Cars, the return of West Coast Outlaw Pro Mods, and the Summit SuperSeries participants,” says Craft.  “I’m very excited to have a new racing surface and would like to thank the Young Automotive Group for their support and believing in the sport of drag racing and all the participants that come from across the United States and Canada.

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