The photos in this gallery were taken in the first three years of the new millennium at NHRA Pro Mod races within national events at Indianapolis, Englishtown, Atlanta, St. Louis, Dallas, and Gainesville.
From 1993-2000, the time period that I did not cover Pro Mods, the class evolved significantly, going from often homebuilt entries with questionable handling and engineering to first-class, pro-built race cars that more often than not were 1960s-era Chevy Corvettes and Camaros. The class attracted very well-funded team owners, and their cars certainly reflected that in terms of looks and technology.
Jim Oddy and his son Dan are featured in one of the photos, smiling with his team after winning the World Championship. Driven by Fred Hahn, Oddy’s Summit Racing Corvette, as seen in other photos in this gallery, was among the winningest entries in the early 2000s.
Engine technology for Pro Mods advanced sharply during the early 2000s for both supercharged and nitrous-oxide-equipped, naturally aspirated engines, and the elapsed times and top speeds improved because of it.
This was an interesting time period as NHRA struggled to maintain relative parity between these two different approaches of power-adders and fairly regularly made adjustments to weight minimums to keep one type from dominating the other.
Enjoy this photo gallery featuring some of the meanest Chevy-bodied NHRA Pro Mod drag cars from the early 2000s.
Photos: Ron Lewis