Mopar Big Block Party to Feature Unveiling of Scelzi ‘Tribute’ Paint Scheme (1 Viewer)

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Mopar Big Block Party to Feature Unveiling of Scelzi ‘Tribute’ Paint Scheme

€ Scelzi ‘Tribute’ Paint Scheme reveal details
€ Mopar Big Block Party information
€ 28th Annual Mopar Mile-High Nationals event details

Center Line, Mich. — The streets of downtown Golden, Colo., will shine even brighter when the Mopar® Big Block Party rolls into town this Thursday, July 12. Mopar Big Block party attendees will witness the revealing of the striking gold “tribute” paint scheme that Gary Scelzi will carry on his Mopar/Oakley Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car at the 28th Annual Mopar Mile-High Nationals, scheduled for July 13-15 at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo.

Scelzi is a four-time NHRA POWERade Drag Racing champion, and has two NHRA Funny Car wins this year. He is currently fifth in the NHRA Funny Car points standings. The special gold Mopar Mile-High Nationals “tribute” paint scheme is a thank-you from the brand to the man who brought the 2005 NHRA Funny Car championship to Team Mopar.

Scelzi ‘Tribute’ Paint Scheme reveal details
The reveal, set for 7 p.m. on the Mopar Big Block Party stage on the streets of Golden, Colo., will include Scelzi and his family, wife Julianne and sons Dominic and Giovanni, along with Team Mopar representatives. NHRA announcer Bob Frey will serve as emcee during the reveal ceremonies.

Since taking the reins of the Team Mopar and Don Schumacher Racing Funny Car in 2003, Scelzi has become a fan favorite of the Mopar Nation. The outgoing driver’s off-track antics (he was ordained as a minister to officiate at the wedding of a Mopar-crazed couple during the 2006 Mopar Big Block Party) coupled with his overwhelming success on the track (10 NHRA Funny Car wins along with the ’05 title while campaigning for Mopar) have endeared him to Mopar fans.

“The Mopar brand is driven by people and passion, and Gary Scelzi is passion personified,” said Kevin Miller, Senior Manager, Brand Strategy & Mopar Performance. “Gary’s passion on the track powered Mopar’s successful re-entry into the Funny Car division in 2003, and he took the brand to the mountaintop with his 2005 NHRA Funny Car championship. The special Mopar Mile-High Nationals ‘tribute’ paint scheme honors Gary for the many accomplishments he has earned while carrying the Team Mopar banner.”

Mopar Big Block Party information
The Mopar Big Block Party will start at 6 p.m. MDT. Bob Frey will interview Team Mopar drivers and representatives from 6 to 7 p.m. on the Mopar Big Block Party stage. The “Mopar Rumble in The Rapids” is scheduled to take place from 6:30 to 6:50 p.m., with Scelzi, Ron Capps, Allen Johnson and Richie Stevens Jr. participating in the rubber raft race down Clear Creek in Golden. The reveal of the special Gary Scelzi Mopar Mile-High Nationals paint scheme is set for 7 p.m. Team Mopar and NHRA drivers will take part in an autograph session from 7:15 to 8 p.m. The Chicago cover band Maggie Speaks will also take the stage at 7:15 p.m. to perform as Mopar fans meet their favorite drivers and take in the sights of Chrysler Group display and concept vehicles on the crowded Golden, Colo., streets.

28th Annual Mopar Mile-High Nationals Event Details
The 28th Annual Mopar Mile-High Nationals is scheduled for July 13–15 at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo. Two hours of qualifying coverage will air on Saturday, July 14 starting at 6 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN2. Three hours of eliminations coverage will be broadcast on Sunday, July 15 starting at 9 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN2. For more info on the 28th Annual Mopar Mile-High Nationals, visit NHRA.com, Bandimere Upcoming Events or Mopar Speed: The Offical E-Zine of Team Mopar.

70 Years of Mopar
When Chrysler bought Dodge in 1928, the need for a dedicated parts manufacturer, supplier and distribution system to support the growing enterprise led to the formation of the Chrysler Motor Parts Corporation (CMPC) in 1929.

Originally used in the 1920s, Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) was trademarked for a line of antifreeze products in 1937. It was also widely used as a moniker for the CMPC. The Mopar brand made its mark in the 1960s – the muscle car era. The Chrysler Corporation built race-ready Dodge and Plymouth “package cars” equipped with special high-performance parts. Mopar carried a line of “Special Parts” for super stock drag racers and developed its racing parts division called Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use.

Today, the Chrysler Group’s Global Service & Parts division is responsible for the manufacturing and distribution of nearly 250,000 authentic Mopar replacement parts, components and accessories for Chrysler, Jeep® and Dodge vehicles sold around the world. To assure quality, reliability and durability, all Mopar parts and accessories are designed in strict adherence to DaimlerChrysler engineering standards.
 
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