The NMRA Ford Nationals joins with SunCoast Performance to introduce a brand-new 8.60 Street Race index category scheduled to compete at four events in 2022. The category features a heads-up launch with an 8.60 breakout and a goal of attracting fast street cars, especially late-model performance Mustangs.
The format is unique with a basic package that relates to today’s fast street car market, mixing loose rules for engine combinations with specific vehicle modifications. Competitors will get three time trial/qualifying runs and race day will use pairings determined by chip draw in the lanes, immediately followed by eliminations, instead of a traditional ladder format. Complete preliminary class rules can be found <HERE> and all rule inquiries should be directed to the NMRA Tech Committee via email at NMRARules@ProMediaPub.com.
“8.60 Street Race is a new class for street-legal cars and trucks slightly on the outside of a heads-up category or True Street. We welcome SunCoast Performance as the class sponsor of 8.60 Street Race, a perfect fit for their line of transmission and torque converter products,” said Rollie Miller, National Event Director and General Manager of the NMRA Ford Nationals. “The concept was brought up following the NMRA World Finals, and we worked with several enthusiasts, including Leticia Hughes, to bring this new class to our series. It’s been a fun process, and there’s already a buzz going around the NMRA community about the 8.60 Street Race category.”
SunCoast Performance’s 8.60 Street Race will compete during four events that include Spring Break Shootout (Bradenton Motorsports Park) March 3-6, NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals (Rockingham Dragway) April 21-24, NMRA Ford Performance Nationals (Summit Motorsport Park) June 9-12, and the NMRA World Finals + Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival (Beech Bend Raceway) Sept. 29-Oct. 3.
About SunCoast Performance:
SunCoast Performance was established in 1989 initially as a two-man operation in beautiful Fort Walton Beach, Fla. SunCoast was started with a yearning to answer the demand for high-quality aftermarket torque converters, transmission assemblies, and parts. Since that time, SunCoast has identified, tested, and corrected numerous failure points within the realm of OEM transmissions and torque converters. SunCoast uses its extensive test data in real-world scenarios, along with the latest technology in design methods to help formulate solutions to correct these failures. These processes have propelled SunCoast to the forefront of its competitors in not only quality of craftsmanship, but also extending well past the winners’ podium for its customers and sponsored vehicles. The SunCoast research and development team, in conjunction with years of experience in the transmission and torque converter industry, is unparalleled in the automotive community today.
American made with unmatched pride in design, manufacturing, technical support, and customer satisfaction has always been the primary goal of SunCoast Performance. The company bi-annually holds a research laboratory to help educate its customers and suppliers as to the changes technology is bringing to the industry today and in the future.
Today, at the pinnacle of automotive performance in design, engineering, and manufacturing, SunCoast has grown to over 45 employees and more than 75,000 climate-controlled square feet. These facilities are used for not only manufacturing, but SunCoast also leases out 20,000 square feet to their in-house metal supplier National Aluminum & Alloy. Carrying upwards of $2,000,000 worth of readily available raw materials, National Aluminum allows SunCoast to maintain complete manufacturing control of their products from inception to completion.
For more information about SunCoast Performance, visit www.suncoastperformance.com.
About Holley NMRA Ford Nationals:
Brought to you by Holley Performance Products, the NMRA Ford Nationals is known as the largest all-Ford motorsport event series. It hosts championship drag racing from wild 275 Outlaw Radial racecars to heads-up classes with G-Force Racing Transmissions Coyote Stock and Richmond Gear Factory Stock. It is also home to one of the most competitive Index segments in all of drag racing with ARP Open Comp, Detroit Locker Truck & Lightning, Exedy Racing Clutch Modular Muscle, and much more. Street cars have a large home in the NMRA Ford Nationals with the legacy category QA1 True Street contested at every event, considered the longest running street car class of all-time, and the new SunCoast Performance 8.60 Street Race eliminator, held at select events. If showing off your Mustang or Ford is more your style, the UPR Products Car Show is one of the largest and most fun car shows of the year. Every national event features a Manufacturer’s Midway with the biggest names in the aftermarket, offering show specials and a chance to talk to company representatives one-on-one. For more information on the NMRA, visit www.NMRAdigital.com.