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PRI 2018: Drag Engine Partnership, Team Announcements Among News Breaking In Indy
December 7, 2018
Top companies broke news Friday at the PRI Trade Show, including the announcement of an exclusive partnership between Edelbrock and Pat Musi Racing catering to the hardcore drag racing community.
PRI 2018: Drag Engine Partnership, Team Announcements Among News Breaking In Indy
Pat Musi Racing Engines and Edelbrock will team up next year for an exclusive partnership catering to the hardcore drag racing community, the two companies announced Friday at the 2018 Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show in Indianapolis. 
 
The partnership will include a new crate engine program with the Musi 632 Top Sportsman/Top Dragster engine generating upwards of 1650 horsepower that was on display in Edelbrock's PRI Show booth. 
 
Also announced was Edelbrock's continued support of Musi's 27-year-old daughter Lizzy Musi, a Pro Nitrous driver in the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA). The performance parts manufacturer will be the primary sponsor of Lizzy's 2018 Dodge Dart, reportedly the world's quickest nitrous-assisted doorslammer in the eighth-mile. 
 
"Vic Edelbrock, he's not here with us this year, but I'm sure he would be proud of everything we've been accomplishing and our plans for 2019," Lizzy said of the continued support.  
 
The news was among several announcements at PRI on Friday, when it was revealed that open-wheel development race team Abel Motorsports will field a full-time entry in Road to Indy's Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires next year.
 
The team recently participated in a test at Homestead Miami Speedway and relayed its optimism for the 2019 season, which will see high school senior Jacob Abel field car No. 51 full-time in the Road to Indy.
 
"[Abel Motorsports] has done some racing in USF2000 and US F3 and F4, and now they're committing to the middle rung of Road to Indy," said Road to Indy PR Coordinator Diane Swintal. "The coolest thing I think about Road to Indy is that we award scholarships on each level. That's what sets us apart from any other development series. It's a very formal ladder, and to get that assistance can really make a difference for a racer." 
 
In other news, Rum Runner Racing announced at PRI 2018 that driver Brandon Overton will field its No. 2 Super Late Model in 2019. The car will be equipped with "Superbowl" carburetors from Trade Show exhibitor Willy's Carburetor & Dyno Shop LLC.
 
"I'm definitely looking forward to the 2019 season," Overton said. "I split with my previous car owner mid-season, and I was uncertain about my future, but everything kind of fell into place." 
 
Adding to the day's activities, Drag Illustrated hosted its yearly "30 Under 30" list of drag racers positively influencing the sport. Following the presser was a presentation of the Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod championship ring to winner Carl Stevens Jr. 
 
For more information or to register for the 2018 PRI Trade Show, which takes place now through December 8 at the Indiana Convention Center, visit pri2018.com.