Dean Goforth Returning to IHRA Pro Stock this Weekend
Goforth Racing, currently first and third in the IHRA Mountain Motor Pro Stock standings with the IHRA’s Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series, announced early in June that team patriarch Dean Goforth will return to the seat this weekend (June 13-14) in the President’s Cup Nationals at Maryland International Raceway. It will mark the first time racing for Goforth since he underwent surgery on his ankle last November. Current IHRA points leader Cary Goforth and teammate Todd Hoerner will continue to field their current entries with the IHRA.
Dean and Cary Goforth will field a pair of brand-new Jerry Haas-built Chevrolet Camaros (above), while Hoerner will continue in the Dean’s Casing Service 2011 Pontiac GXP. All three cars will feature EFI-equipped engines powered by Sonny’s Racing Engines.
With the announcement, the IHRA Nitro Jam President’s Cup Nationals will field the largest contingent of Mountain Motor Pro Stock cars so far this season as the class continues to grow in its return to quarter-mile competition with the IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series.
“We are looking forward to having dad back in the seat. He took on the role of team owner pretty well, but it has been hard keeping him away from racing,” Cary Goforth said.
“The biggest part of this will be getting dad comfortable with being in the car again. We have been looking for an opportunity to make this happen over the past month or so, we had his gas pedal fit for his foot and switched the car to EFI which should be more forgiving. In the end, Maryland was the perfect place to make this happen and we are very much looking forward to that event and getting dad some seat time.”
So far this season, the Goforth Racing Team has already proven a powerful force in the world of Mountain Motor Pro Stock. The team has four wins already in 2014, two with the IHRA and two more with the eighth-mile PDRA series.
(Photos by Ian Tocher)