Lifetime Founding Member
Join Date: Oct 1998
Location: Mooresville, IN (Indianapolis)
ejrempel has it in a nutshell. Of course you can replace part of the 5 mil with a big time sponsor and you need one of about 6 or 8 certain engine builders that are not team specific. The basics of rules are: 2350 lb max with driver, 500 cu in max, NHRA spec'd VP racing gasoline only, no nitrous or power adders, 2-4 bbl carbs of type and mfr accepted by NHRA, only '98 or later 2 dr coupes or 2 dr sedans (domestic or foreign). Only blocks and heads approved by NHRA that are from same corporate mfr as body style (i.e. GM Ford, Chrysler), 90 degree V8, single cam, naturally aspirated. NHRA accepted composite replacement body parts and shells OK. Of course there are very specific rules on spoilers, hood scoops, engine setback, roll cages, chassis, etc., etc. It's so competitive nowadays, you could have unlimited budget, your pick of crew chief, engine builder, and driver, and still not qualify. Like Bob Glidden, back when he was winning everything in site, told a young Jim Yates before he entered Pro Stock, "I could give you my car and you couldn't qualify with it".