INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 19, 2022) – NHRA officials announced that Flexjet, a global leader in subscription-based private aviation, has been named the title sponsor of the exciting NHRA Factory Stock Showdown class for the upcoming 2023 season. The fan-favorite Flexjet NHRA Factory Stock Showdown category will feature 10 races at NHRA national events next year, adding a pair of races to the schedule.
Flexjet will also become the Official Private Aviation Partner of the NHRA.
The Flexjet NHRA Factory Stock Showdown class opens 2023 as part of the 54th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway on March 9-12, finishing its season for the first time at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway during the 23rd annual NHRA Nevada Nationals on Oct. 26-29.
Flexjet’s sponsorship of this racing class comes on the heels of Constant Aviation’s successful sponsorship for the last two years. It also comes as Flexjet’s acquisition of Constant Aviation becomes final at the close of 2022.
“One of the reasons Flexjet chose to sponsor the Factory Stock Showdown class was to invigorate our employee engagement – just as it did for the Constant Aviation employees,” said David H. Davies, Constant Aviation CEO, who drives the D H Davies Racing Dodge DragPak in the class. “These races are as exciting to drive in as they are to watch.”
Flexjet delivers a full breadth of market offerings that reach private jet users through various branded storefronts that target specific private flying needs. The company has set the standard in private aviation with exceptional service and award-winning safety programs for more than 25 years, providing its loyal and growing customer base with precise, efficient and personalized experiences on every trip.
“We are excited to include this racing class event in our recruitment efforts that have a world-class following,” said Robert Sullivan, Flexjet Chief Administrative Officer. “Flexjet is growing, and we are actively recruiting pilots, mechanics and mechanic apprentices to be part of the Flexjet family.”
For several years, the Flexjet NHRA Factory Stock Showdown category has delivered outstanding action, with some of the sport’s best drivers competing for the prestigious Wally behind the wheel of Chevrolet COPO Camaros, Ford Cobra Jets, and Dodge Challenger Drag Paks.
After the opener in Gainesville, the category will race in back-to-back events in Charlotte and at Route 66 Raceway in Chicago, adding another pair of back-to-back races in June at Bristol Dragway and Norwalk. After a two-month break, Flexjet NHRA Factory Stock Showdown will return at the prestigious NHRA U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis, and then finish its season with stops at Maple Grove Raceway, World Wide Technology Raceway in St. Louis, Texas Motorplex in Dallas and Las Vegas.
Last year, David Barton clinched the world championship in the highly-competitive class, advancing to five final rounds and picking up victories in Bristol, Indy and Reading. Other standouts in the class include Aaron Stanfield, who won back-to-back world titles in 2020 and 2021, Bill Skillman, Mark Pawuk, John Cerbone and Stephen Bell.
The popular Flexjet NHRA Factory Stock Showdown Bounty Program will also return in 2023. Established during the 2021 season, the program puts a “bounty” on the winner of the previous event. Created to increase fan and driver interest in the category, the bounty program helps give Flexjet NHRA Factory Stock Showdown added momentum moving into next year.
“The NHRA Factory Stock Showdown class has established itself as a must-see category for our fans and we’re thrilled to introduce Flexjet as the class sponsor for the 2023 season,” NHRA Vice President and Chief Development Officer Brad Gerber said. “With several exciting initiatives, the class has enjoyed tremendous support from the race teams and fans, and Flexjet is a perfect fit for the category and as the Official Private Aviation Partner of the NHRA.”
2023 FLEXJET NHRA FACTORY STOCK SHOWDOWN SCHEDULE
March 9-12: 54th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, Gainesville Raceway, Gainesville, Fl.
April 28-30: 13th annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, zMAX Dragway, Charlotte
May 19-21: 23rd annual Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by PEAK Performance, Route 66 Raceway, Chicago
June 9-11: 22nd annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, Bristol Dragway, Bristol, Tenn.
June 22-25: 17th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, Summit Motorsports Park, Norwalk, Ohio
Aug. 30-Sept. 4: 69th annual Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals, Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park, Indianapolis
Sept. 14-17: 38th annual Pep Boys NHRA Nationals, Maple Grove Raceway, Reading, Pa.
Sept. 29-Oct. 1: 12th annual NHRA Midwest Nationals, World Wide Technology Raceway, St. Louis
Oct. 12-15: 38th annual Texas NHRA FallNationals, Texas Motorplex, Dallas
Oct. 26-29: 23rd annual NHRA Nevada Nationals, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas
Flexjet, Inc., a global leader in subscription-based private aviation, first entered the fractional jet ownership market in 1995. Flexjet offers fractional jet ownership and leasing and is the first in the world to be recognized as achieving the Air Charter Safety Foundation’s Industry Audit Standard, is the first and only company to be honored with 23 FAA Diamond Awards for Excellence, upholds an ARG/US Platinum Safety Rating, a 4AIR Bronze Sustainable Rating and is IS-BAO compliant at Level 2. Red Label by Flexjet, a market differentiator, which features the most modern fleet in the industry, flight crews dedicated to a single aircraft and the LXi Cabin Collection of interiors. To date there are more than 40 different interior designs across its fleet, which includes the Embraer Phenom 300 and Praetor 500, Bombardier Challenger 350, the Gulfstream G450 and G650. Flexjet’s European fleet includes the Embraer Praetor 600 and the Gulfstream G650. Flexjet’s FAA helicopter division sells fractional, lease, and on-demand charter access to its fleet of owned and operated Sikorsky S-76 helicopters serving locations throughout the northeastern United States, United Kingdom and Florida. Flexjet is a member of the Directional Aviation family of companies. For more details on innovative programs and flexible offerings, visit www.flexjet.com or follow us on Instagram @FlexjetInc.
Headquartered in San Dimas, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 22 national events featuring the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series, Flexjet NHRA Factory Stock Showdown™ and Top Fuel Harley Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and NHRA Street Legal™. NHRA also offers the NHRA Jr. Street® program for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League® for youth ages 5 to 17. With 120 Member Tracks, NHRA allows racers to compete at a variety of locations nationally and internationally. NHRA’s Youth and Education Services® (YES) Program reaches over 30,000 students annually to ignite their interest in automotive and racing related careers. NHRA’s streaming service, NHRA.tv®, allows fans to view all NHRA national events as well as exclusive features of the sport. In addition, NHRA owns and operates three racing facilities: Gainesville Raceway in Florida; Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to www.NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.