Pro Stock Car – Preview Main Event
Jimmy Ålund is coming to Santa Pod as the racer with both the number one plate and the most recent full race experience. Jimmy raced the first six races of the NHRA season in a KB Racing entry. No Wally this year for Jimmy, but the lessons he has learned in the biggest Pro-Stock fields in the world will certainly be valuable. No news regarding additional sponsorship for Jimmy, but We understand that Exclusive Cars along with Klintberg and Way remain as title sponsors. Jimmy’s only aim will be to keep the number one plate, and only an event win at every round will guarantee that.
Pro-Stock 2 this year is the car of Magnus Petersson. Magnus retains driver duties (so far) but his son Martin is pressing hard to get in the seat. Magnus has invested in some engine refreshing over the closed season and will be keen on the lights which will make him a formidable adversary again this year. Magnus has some horsepower under the hood, and he is keen on the lights. He ran Jimmy all the way to the final last year at a couple of events, so expect to see the number 2 car challenging again.
Michael Malmgren will race in Santa Pod with long term sponsors Oakley. Michael will not be content with third place and will be looking to add further event wins to the Alastaro victory he enjoyed in 2014. Michael has had a whole year with the new car and has sorted out how to tune it for the different tracks on the tour. Michael can upset the lead runners, and we should expect him to try. Never discount Michael, he is after all the highest points scorer in the history of European championships.
Thomas Lindström and team are proud to have Ernryd Cars and Hansen Racing returning for 2015 as title sponsors. New for this year is Björnbergs åkeri, whilst Wrapzone, dk lyft, Navterra, verkstadspartner and protools stay on board as proud partners. Thomas and Roffe have been hard at work through the winter and believe that if they have “done their homework” correctly, then they will be both quick and fast at Santa Pod. The 2013 champion is not to be discounted.
Simon Gustafsson has a couple of new sponsors, Göthes industribeslag, Axs nordic, Glas & Bygg, Geze Scandinavia, Järlebys måleri. The team also has some engine work completed by Larry Morgan. Simon is planning to run the whole season this year. In other news, Simon and his fiancé Linnea were blessed with the birth of Oliver, their first child, in February, Another new Pro-Stock racer in waiting???
Overall we have 3 previous champions, and all of these guys know how to, and want to, win. Pro Sock might be a small field, but expect a whole bunch of fireworks.
I am pleased and proud to have been invited to cover Pro-Stock once more, and I look forward to reacquainting myself with old friends once more.
Ian Hart /
Speedgroups assigned editor for FIA Pro Stock Car