DI Warm-Up: 10 NHRA Pros to Follow on Instagram
It seems just about everyone has a smartphone now, or at least access to one of the several social networks. Fans have taken to social media to supplement the news and results they receive from standard media outlets, like ESPN2 or NHRA.com. Drivers and teams can interact with fans instantaneously through social media, posting results as they happen or revealing new sponsors or paint schemes before the press release even hits the editor’s inbox. Facebook is the current leader in drag racing social media activity, but picture sharing service Instagram is becoming the next frontier, especially for the younger generation. Maybe you’re on Instagram but you never use it, or you need a reason to sign up. To help you out, we put together this list of some of the NHRA professional drivers and teams who use Instagram to update their fans.
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The former Nostalgia Funny Car driver regularly posts behind-the-scenes look at the Dote Racing shop, like this first look at the team’s new look for the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.
The NAPA Auto Parts driver has been wheeling nitro cars since the mid 90s, so he has plenty of great Throwback Thursday pics in the bank. Also, if there’s a rock star or action sports athlete hanging out at the races, you’ll probably find out about it on Capp’s profile.
Pro Stock fans should enjoy the updates from Gray Motorsports and drivers Shane and Jonathan Gray. They’re one of the few Pro Stock teams with a consistent Instagram feed.
Millican brings his fan-favorite enthusiasm to his Instagram feed, which isn’t limited to shots of his Parts Plus Top Fuel dragster. Clay also posts updates on his son, Dalton, an AMA ATV national champion who now drives the Blue Thunder Monster Jam truck.
Megan takes her followers behind the ropes of the Don Schumacher Racing organization and its seven nitro teams through posts like this video from preseason testing.
The two-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champ posts pics of whatever project he’s working on currently, whether it’s a backyard go-kart track or windtunnel testing the new Victory Motorcycles PSM body.
The youngest of John Force’s daughters posts photos from all of the family’s racing activities: John Force Racing’s NHRA events, niece Autumn Hight’s Junior Dragster races, and fiancé Graham Rahal’s IndyCar races.
DeJoria has one of the largest Instagram followings of the NHRA drivers and it’s easy to see why. Her posts range from standard race car shots to photos of custom motorcycles and handguns made by her husband, Jesse James.
Brittany gave her followers a sneak peek of her new Drag Illustrated cover, set to go online early next week.
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- Kalitta Motorsports team owner Connie Kalitta and J.R. Todd, driver of the Red Line Oil Top Fuel dragster for Kalitta, discuss their unlikely relationship as tuner and driver in this new article from USA Today.
- ESPN W recently posted this article, titled ’10 Things We’d Like to See for Women in Auto Racing in 2015′. Click through to see which NHRA drivers made the list.
- The owner of Heartland Part Topeka announced this week a tentative 2015 schedule, highlighted by the 27th Annual NHRA Kansas Nationals. The move would be nothing more than routine if it weren’t for the track’s questionable future. Local Kansas newspaper The Hutchinson News has more on the schedule and ownership situation.
- Pulled from an old VHS tape, this video features the Midwest-based Supercharged Outlaws group facing off against The Wild Bunch from the northeast. Where else will you see a Ford Taurus station wagon line up alongside a Fiat altered? If you’re into screamin’ supercharged doorslammers and open-bodied machines, you’ll probably enjoy this.
- PDRA TV was on-hand at Jerry Bickel Race Cars when Lizzy Musi first laid eyes on her new car for 2015, a Pro Nitrous ’15 Dodge Dart.
- NHRA Funny Car driver Chad Head kicked off a new sponsorship deal with golf giant TaylorMade this week, teeing off the roof of his fuel coupe at Auto Club Raceway before competing at the Circle K NHRA Winternationals this weekend. Pro qualifying starts today, February 6th, at 12:30 PM PST.